María Lindo was born in Madrid, she lived in Aranjuez until she moved to Berlin where she studied at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ and completed her musical education with a Master’s degree in music in the class of Professor Nick Deutsch at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig. After moving to Berlin, she discovered the English horn and has pursued it with a passion ever since. She started taking lessons with Professor Gerd Albrecht Kleinfeld in Berlin and continued with Professor Gundel Janneman-Fischer in Leipzig. She specializes in solo repertoire and chamber music for the English horn. She made her debut as a soloist with Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Concertino for English horn op.34 with the Orchestra Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie conducted by Gustavo Gimeno. She collaborated with symphony and opera orchestras such as the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Budapest Festival Orchestra. María Lindo is the artistic director of the company Linien Soundkraft, which realises projects fusing music with other art forms.
Yukako Morikawa was born in Tokyo where she received piano lessons from Ikuko Yamaguchi, Yasuko Kubota and teacher Atsuko Jinzai. She studied at the Toho Gakuen Music High School with Kyoko Ohashi. She continued her musical education at the Universität der Künste Berlin with professors Martin Hughes and Rainer Becker. After receiving her diploma in Berlin, she continued and completed her studies with Professor Robert Benz at the State University of Music in Mannheim with distinction. She has been awarded prizes at international competitions in Wittenberg, Rome, Calabria, Epinal, Barcelona and Pörtschach. As a soloist, she performs regularly with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and has given more than 20 concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie since 2000. She is a much sought-after chamber music pianist and has performed at various festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. She has made radio recordings for NDR, HR, SWR, and DRS2 radio. Yukako Morikawa often works as a collaborative pianist in competitions and Master Classes with leading artists such as Nora Chastain, Ana Chumachenco, Mark Gothoni, Stephan Picard, Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Weber, Antje Weitha or Laura Ruiz Ferreres. She currently teaches as a collaborative pianist at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and the Universität der Künste Berlin.
MJ García Zamora
María José García Zamora was born in Albatera (Alicante) in 1986. She began her musical studies at the age of nine in the school of the ‘Unión Musical La Aurora’ of her town, receiving guitar and tenor saxophone lessons. At the age of thirteen, she began bassoon lessons. She finished her higher studies in 2009, and the same year moved to Switzerland to study the ‘Master of Arts in Music Performance’ at the Hochschule für Musik in the City of Basel with the prestigious bassoonist Sergio Azzolini. Her orchestral experience was gained in young orchestras, such as the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia, the International Youth Orchestra ‘Oviedo Filarmonía’, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, and later the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Professionally she has worked with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO), Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne, Münchener Kammerorchester, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kammerorchester Basel, among others. In December 2012, she attained the position of bassoon soloist at the Komische Oper Berlin and since the 2013/14 season, she has been a member of the Komische Oper Berlin. She is a founding member of the Azahar ensemble.