The Archduke's Consort comprises English and Spanish musicians who bring an informal and accessible approach to the music they perform. Guided by a common affection and deep respect for the music of the renaissance and baroque periods, the Archduke's Consort delivers thoughtful well-crafted programmes designed to appeal to all audiences, and which combine innovative interpretations of well-known repertoire with the introduction of lesser-known works from the European renaissance and baroque, the whole reflecting the Consort's unique blend of Spanish passion and English style.
From time to time the group is augmented by other performers including a harpist and keyboard players for specific programmes.
For an introduction to the Consort members please see below.
Fiona Stuart-Wilson (Soprano)
Fiona Stuart-Wilson studied Music at Cambridge University, and piano and singing at Trinity College of Music, London. A sought-after performer, her repertoire encompasses music from nine centuries and her concert career has seen her on many of the major London concert platforms as well as in concert venues in France, Italy and Spain. Fiona has worked extensively with a number of vocal ensembles and as a soloist, and has most recently focused on performances of renaissance and baroque music in which she has been praised widely for her elegant interpretations and the purity of her tone. She has appeared in many international music festivals, recently collaborating with lutenist Massimo Lonardi, and continues to give regular recitals with the English pianist Bernard Robertson, and the Italian lutenist Stefano Rocco, with whom she has appeared in concert on many occasions in Italy, Spain and the UK.
Xisco Aguiló (violone and viola da gamba)
Xisco Aguiló was born in Mallorca. He studied double bass and cello at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Anthony Woodrow, Margaret Urquart and Knut Guettler. He has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears and the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada. Specializing in early music, he has worked with ensembles such as La Real Cámara, El Concierto Español, La Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Le Concert des Nations, Quartet Albada, Al Ayre Español and the Orquestra of the S. XVIII performing in Japan, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and at the most prestigious European music festivals. He has recorded for labels such as Ona Digital, Lindoro, Glossa, Alia Vox, Harmonia Mundi, Prometheus, Challenge Records, among others.
Guillermo Femenias (lute, archlute and baroque guitar)
Guillermo Femenias began his musical studies in Palma and received several awards as a young musician. In Madrid, he focused on the study of Renaissance and Baroque plucked string instruments under the tutelage of Jesús Sánchez, further extending his studies under Paul O'Dette, Eligio Quinteiro, Rolf Lislevand and Hopkinson Smith. He has worked with various ensembles of early and modern music such as La Mantuanella, Poema Harmònic, La Búsqueda, Le Carromato, La Companyia de Terpsícore, Alla Spagnola, Studium Aureum, Acadèmia 1830, Il Gioco Diafano y la Camerata Sa Nostra, Arcanum Musicae and Asier Polo. He has taught early music for the guitar, improvisation and accompaniment at the Conservatory of the Balearic Islands and currently combines teaching with performing in various ensembles including The Archduke’s Consort.
Kepa Artetxe (Violin)
Kepa Artetxe studied violin in Bilbao with V. Cozighian and at the Rotterdam Conservatorium with M. Furman; continuing his viola studies with E. Santiago. He has attended chamber music courses and lectures with J. J. Kantorow, D. Weilerstein and P. Vernikov. He quickly came into contact with the world of early music, receiving classes from renowned specialists including Sigiswald Kuijken, Simon Standage, Enrico Gatti and Barry Sargent among others. In 2001 he received First Prize in the Young Chamber Music Artist competition. He has performed in various ensembles under prestigious conductors such as Harry Christophers, Roy Goodman, Monica Huggett, Christophe Coin, Diego Fasolis and Eduardo López Banzo. In addition to The Archduke's Consort, he regularly performs with the Baroque Orchestra of Seville and Al Ayre Español.