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Kamila Dudova was born and grew up in the Czech Republic. At the age of 17 she began studying singing and went on to attend master classes in classical opera and concert singing, under Prof. Nathalie Usselmann-Kock and Prof. Edith Kertézes, at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. Further master classes followed, for example at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Grace Bumbry. She also worked in close collaboration with Ewald Körner, conductor of the Berner Stadtorchester. During her music studies she also studied medicine at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn.
Kamila has won many singing awards: in 1991, she was awarded a scholarship by the Johanna-Löwenherz-Stiftung Neuwied, in 1995 she was an award-winner at the European Singing Competition organised by the Yamaha European Music Foundation, and again in 1999 when she was given an award by the Deutsche Aerzteorchester. Kamila makes frequent guest appearances in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, and has sung in many of the great European cathedrals and churches. In the summer of 2015 she gave a solo recital at the International Organ Festival in Bonn, and in 2014 she played the role of the Mother Abbess in the musical “The Sound of Music”. She has a wide repertoire ranging from barock to modern, with emphasis on the romantic composers.  She works as a doctor and freelance singer in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland.


Lilia Chepikova was born in Voronezh, Russia. She started to play the violin and the piano when she was 5. She earned her Masters Degree at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Lilia then moved to Tampere, Finland to study at the Turun Amattikorkeakoulu with Alexander Vinnitsky.
Lilia came to Switzerland in 2009. She studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève with Professor Sergey Ostrovsky and in 2011, entered HEMU in Lausanne with Prof. Gyula Stiller. She has also studied with the eminent violinist, Professor Pierre Amoyal and with Madame Barbara Doll at the Hochshule der Künste Bern.
Lilia has worked freelance for the following orchestras: “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande”, “Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne”, “Orchestre de Chambre de Ganève”, “Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana’’, ‘’Orchestre de Chambre du Valais’’, "Orchestre de Chambre Fribourgeois", "Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra" (Finland), "Orquesta de Valencia" (Spain) and from 2015 to 2016 with Argovia Philharmonic Orchestra. She has often been engaged by the “Sinfonietta de Lausanne” since 2010.


Monica Chirita Lemenager was born in Romania. She grew up in a musical family. She studied in Spain and Switzerland where she got her her Master in Violin teaching in 1998 and Masters of Violin Interpretation in 2001 from the Geneva Conservatory and the Musik-Akadamie der Stadt Basel while studying under M. Karanfilova and Adelina Oprean. She has played with many orchestras including Orchestre de la Suisse Romande,Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Sinfonieta de Lausanne, Orchestre Philarmonique Suisse, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under conductor Bernard Haitink and also in chamber ensembles. She also teaches violin and music in primary schools in Geneva. She recorded a CD with her former Trio, "Ernach Trio" intitled “Opened borders”, half of the CD was dedicated to Bask Country music composers.


Esther Bregy is a music teacher and freelance musician. She studied with renowned teachers such as Elisabeth Wienzierl and obtained her Diploma with the SMPV. Along with her outdoor sports activities and family life, she finds time to perform regularly in concerts and music projects in Central Switzerland.

© Timothy Socha 2017