Virgilio Monti

Virgilio, double-bass.

Double-bass degree in the “Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi”, Milan, Italy, with Maestro Cosmo. He has participated in several specialization and interpretation courses, one of them with Maestro A. Boccini. He has collaborated in different chamber music ensembles and symphony

orchestras such as “l’Orchestra Europea”, “l’Orchestra del Conservatorio G. Verdi” and “l’Orchestra dell’Università Statale di Milano”. Apart from classical music, he also works with other styles, including popular and light music. He has participated in many festivals and musical seasons. He is part of "El Pajaro Eduardo trio", "Cuarteto Sobre el Pucho", "Trasnoche", "Orquesta Tipica Guardia Cadenera", "Orquesta Tipica OTRA" Rotterdam, "Cuarteto Rotterdam", “Tango Tinto” and "Gotan Project" for the orchestral version in the CD "Gotan Project Live" . He has also studied “Musicotherapy” at Lecco School, Italy.

Santiago  Cimadevilla

Santiago Cimadevilla is  a bandoneon player and arranger. He studied piano  in  Buenos  Aires  and  later  on  bandoneon  at Codarts Conservatory Rotterdam, where he followed lessons with Leo Vervelde, Victor Villena and Gustavo Beytelmann. Besides playing with Zárate, he teaches   at  Codarts,  composes  and  arranges  music  for  his  band

Trasnoche,  and  performs and arranges as a freelance musician working with  tango  ensembles, chamber music groups and orchestras throughout Europe.

Ruzana Tsymbalova

Ruzana Tsymbalova was born in Russia into an artistic family; her father is a professional violin player and her mother is dancer and singer. Ruzana grew up on the stage. From the age of two she featured in her parents performances as a dancer. From the age of six she learned to play the violin. She finished her classical training in Russia cum laude, and after some working and touring years

she came to Holland to learn Tango at Codarts Conservatory Rotterdam. She finished her bachelor and master study 3 years ago. Ruzana believes that sharing music brings people together, she feels it is her calling to use the international language of music to connect people all over the world.

Ingeborg Cneut

Ingeborg Cneut grew up in a musical and artistic family. She studied at the conservatory Gent with Corrado Bolsi and in Maastricht and Amsterdam with Maarten Veeze. At Codarts conservatory Rotterdam she graduated cum laude Argentine Tango. She participated as second Violinist in the Maria de Buenos Aires tour, led by Pablo Ziegler and was second violinist of Vale Tango during her training at Orquesta Escuela. She played in Sexteto Veritango and is the founder of Trio Reflejo Urbano. At the moment she plays at Zapatango en is part of Orquesta Tipica Guardio Cadenera.

Daniel Hurtado

Born in Madrid (Spain) and he studied the Intermediate grade in the Conservatory of Music Street Ferraz (Madrid), achieving the ` Final Year Honours Middle´. He finished his bachelor in June of 2011, in the Chair of Rolando Prusack and Nicolas Chumachenco, obtaining the prize delivered by the bank Ibercaja which will took him to perform concerts in Spain during 2011-2012, and his Tango Master, the last June (2013) with the teacher Micha Molthoff and Víctor Villena, Gustavo Beytelmann, Leo Vervelde, etc.. Currently, he is member of the Cuarteto El Compas and the Orquesta Típica Cameratango with the bandoneonist Claudio Constantini.

Simone van der Weerden

Simone van der Weerden is a young Dutch bandoneonist, studying at Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. She plays in different groups like LocosLindos, Ensemble Judique, Roffa Tango Trio, Gran Orquesta Tipica OTRA and more. She also plays regularly as a soloist with different orchestras. Simone focuses mainly on the Argentine Tango and broadens her playing with jazz and other music stylesis a young Dutch bandoneonist, studying at Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. She plays in different groups like LocosLindos, Ensemble Judique, Roffa Tango Trio, Gran Orquesta Tipica.a OTRA and more. She also plays regularly as a soloist with different orchestras. Simone focuses mainly on the Argentine Tango and broadens her playing with jazz and other music styles.

Claudio Constantini

Claudio Constantini holds an international career as a performer of two instruments, the piano and the bandoneón, as well as being a composer and arranger on demand. Top prize winner at various international competitions, he has performed around the world at some of the most important halls (Philharmonic hall-St.Petersburg, Teatro Real-Madrid, Muziekgebouw-Amsterdam, Mainichi hall-Osaka, Teatro Sao Carlos-Lisbon…).

His first soloist CD entitled Suite Latinoamericana will be released in 2014 under the Silvox label and features Constantini as composer and performer of his works in both the bandoneón and the piano. Also in 2014 he begins his collaboration with the Sheva label in Italy and Ibs Classics in Spain for which he will record the complete piano works of C.Debussy. Many of his soloist performances have been broadcast on television and radio across Europe.

Constantini was born in Lima, Perú into a family of musicians. He graduated Cum Laude from the Lahti University (Finland), Rotterdam Conservatory (Netherlands), and La Schola Cantorum (Paris-France). He currently lives in Madrid, Spain.

Ville Hiltula

Ville Hiltula was born in 1977 in Ylivieska, Finland. He started his musical career with accordion at the age of nine (9).  He studied classical accordion several years from 1992 until 2004 at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki. Ville studied bandoneon and Argentinean tango four (4) years from 2002 to 2006   in The Netherlands at The Rotterdam Conservatory`s tango department. As a bandoneon player and tango musician Ville has been working actively ever since around the world and collaborated with many world renowned tango artists such as Gustavo Beytelmann, Victor Hugo Villena, Orquesta Tipica OTRA, Roberto Alvarez y su Color Tango, Alfredo Marcucci, Sonia Possetti, Alejandro Schwarz, Leonardo Sanchez, Pablo Agri, and also played together with pop groups Blof, El Juntacadáveres and Nuspirit Helsinki. Ville has been playing in Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue since 2005. He has also been playing as a soloist in Astor Piazzolla`s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires in two different productions, in Belgium during the season 2005-2006 together with Musiques Nouvelles ensemble and in Ireland in June 2013 with the Cork Opera House production. Ville also worked together with Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and the Argentinean pianist Juan Pablo Dobal in the project called Nuevo Encuentro. During the season 2012-2013 Ville were touring widely all over the Netherlands together with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam performing a modern version of Romeo & Julia. Ville is a founder member of Tangueros Polares, Tangueros Articos, Tanguarda, El Orillero, NoEsTango and contemporary tango ensemble Perrito Caliente.

Ivo De Greef

Ivo started playing the piano at the age of six. After obtaining a Master of Music degree at the Brussels Conservatoire (where he studied with Jan Michiels), he moved to the UK to further his studies with Philip Martin at the Birmingham Conservatoire and spend two years specialising in tango music at the Rotterdam Conservatoire with Gustavo Beytelmann and the Conservatoire Edgar Varèse in Paris with Juan José Mosalini.

His wide and eclectic taste has led him to be involved in different projects across various genres of music. Ivo has collaborated with artists such as Frederic Rzewski, Misia, Henri Demarquette, Joe Broughton and Keith Lewis and has featured regularly on European radio stations (BBC, Classic FM, Klara, Antena 2, Radio France…). He performs both as a soloist (currently with his own “Tribute to Keith Jarrett” project and “Leftitude”) and as part of different ensembles (Noszferatu, El Después) at major venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Japan and South America.

Ivo also appeared in the musical line-up to the 2002 award-winning West-End play “Humble Boy” by Catherine Jones and was Musical Director of the London Tango Orchestra.

“a refreshingly unassuming virtuoso” (Vortex Jazz Review 2009)

Matthew Midgley

Matthew Midgley was born in Plymouth, England, and began playing the double bass when he just 7 years old. At the age of 17, Matthew became principal bass in the British National Youth Orchestra and a few years later, principal bass in the European Union Youth Orchestra.  Matthew studied music at Birmingham University and completed a Bachelor of Music degree with 1st class honours. Afterwards he studied  postgraduate  Double Bass in the  Royal Academy of Music in London  with Duncan McTier  obtaining a Diploma of the Royal Academy. 

In 2001, Matthew became a member of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and In 2004 at the age of 26, he became their Principal bass player, the position he currently holds. One of the highlights of his career in RPhO was performing Mahler's 1st symphony under Valery Gergiev in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The 'Trouw' newspaper described the bass solo as both beautiful and powerful. 

Matthew has also performed as guest principal in a number of orchestras. These include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. 

In May 2013, together with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Matthew performed the world premier of Rotterdam composer Paul van Brugge's Double Bass Concerto under the baton of James Gaffigan. 

In November 2013, he performed the Divertimento for Contrabass and orchestra by Nino Rota with the Pulchinella Chamber Orchestra. 

Matthew is also an accomplished Tango musician. From 2008 until 2011 he was a member of the quartet “Tanguarda” and since 2010, a permanent tango bass teacher in the world music department at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) where he is also teaching classical bass. 

Finally in 2009 he started a mini bass class at the  Rotterdam Hellendaal Muziekinstituut  where he teaches children as young as 6 years old the Double Bass.