Trio da Fusignano was founded in 2000. The name of the ensemble is derived from the birthplace of the Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). The ensemble received coaching from a.o. Ricardo Kanji, Wouter Möller, Philippe Pierlot en Rainer Zipperling.
The trio aims for a fresh and historically informed performance by studying old treatises, using copies of historical instruments and playing as much as possible from early notation. Trio da Fusignano focusses on chamber music from the 17th and 18th centuries, especially the music from Arcangelo Corelli and that of contemporaries and later composers being influenced by it. They regularly seek collaboration with external musicians such as singers or other instrumentalists.
Besides their work as performers, the group members are passionate about educating people of all ages in music, whether that means teaching the basics of rhythm, melody and harmony, or developing musicians in their ability to communicate their love of music to their audiences.
Sascha Mommertz (recorder/baroque flute) was born in Germany in 1976 but has lived in The
Netherlands since 1985. In 1994 he began his musical studies at the department for Early Music and
Historical Performance Practice of the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Among his teachers were
Jeanette van Wingerden and Marion Verbruggen. After graduating as Bachelor of Music in 1998 he
studied at the Early Music department of the Utrecht School of the Arts with Heiko ter Schegget. He
finished his studies in 2000 with a Master of Music degree. During this time he took private lessons
with Marijke Miessen in Amsterdam. He has participated in masterclasses with among others Matthias
Weilenmann and Jérôme Minis. Apart from that he received important musical impulses
from dr. Rebecca Stewart. He also studied recorder making with Jacqueline Sorel in The Hague and
musicology at the Utrecht University. He studied baroque flute with Marion Moonen and Jed Wentz. Now
he is coached by Ricardo Kanji.
In 2002 he received an honorable mention during the Musica Antiqua Soloist Competition in Bruges.
As a freelance performer he gives concerts in The Netherlands and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician with ensembles and orchestras such as Collegium ad Mosam, Florilegium Musicum the Baroque Orchestra of the Domcantorij Utrecht and the Limburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ed Spanjaard. He appears on television- and radio-broadcasts and recorded several CD's.
For some years he was a member of the board of the European Recorder Teachers Association NL,
manager of some early music ensembles and secretary of the SONBU (Open Dutch Recorder Days Utrecht).
He teaches recorder at the Utrecht Center of the Arts and coaches ensembles. Besides that he is a
sought-after course teacher in the Netherlands (with Huismuziek) and abroad.
From September 2012 he will be the new professor for recorder at the Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg (NL).
Diederik van Dijk
Diederik van Dijk spent his early childhood in the Netherlands and his high school and university years in Canada. He studied cello with Ian Hampton, Eric Wilson, and Marc Destrubé, and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. This last study brought him back to the Netherlands, where he lives now in the city of Utrecht.
Being at home both on modern and baroque incarnations of the cello, Diederik is a much sought after instrumentalist. He has served as principal cellist in the Dordts Kamer-orkest and is also a member of the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht.
Diederik is a member of chamber music formations Trio da Fusignano, Reharvoce, and De Firma Continuo, all groups devoted to the performance of Baroque music on historical instruments (or copies thereof). Diederik spends his summers in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he is part of Gros Morne Summer Music, a small but steadily growing chamber music festival. Concerts from this festival were broadcast on several CBC programs, the Classical radio station of Canada.
Marijn Slappendel (harpsichord/organ) studied church music, organ and choral conducting at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Afterwards he studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen and specialized in Basso Continuo with Thérèse de Goede at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
He is currently working as Musical Director of the 'Grote of Barbarakerk' in Culemborg (NL), where he performs vast amounts of church music, ranging from the 17th century until today. Highlights among these are the monthly performances of Bach Cantatas and the yearly recurring events of St. John's Passion (Bach) and Requiem (Mozart, Faure, Bruckner).
He works as a freelance harpsichord or organ player with several ensembles and orchestras, and enjoys teaching the piano, organ and harpsichord to students of very varied skills and ages.