The musicians of Trio Escalda met when studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and shared the same ambition: playing the beautifully written music for this well-sounding formation that conquered its place in history thanks to Debussy’s Trio Sonata.
This formation is perfectly suited for the beautiful impressionistic music of the beginning of the 20th century, including music by Debussy, Bax, Jolivet and many others.
Apart from the impressionistic style, Trio Escalda explores new ways of expression through contemporary works, including in their repertoire composers such as Takemitsu and Miguel del Águila.
Trio Escalda is now working on next projects at Orpheus Institute in Ghent, being advice by Paul De Clerck, Piet Kuijken, Amy Norrington and Tony Nysp.
The Belgian harpist Jenna Vergeynst started playing violin at the age of 5, and harp at the age of 8. During her bioengineering studies in Ghent, she was constantly shifting between science and music. She took private lessons with Arielle Valibouse (harp) and Olga Zolotareva (violin), supplemented by master classes with Marielle Nordmann, Gwyneth Wentink, Sylvain Blassel, Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Jennifer Swartz, among others.
During her PhD in bioengineering at the University of Ghent (completed in February 2020), she continued to make music unabatedly. She was selected for the International Harp Contest in Israel in 2015, and for the USA International Harp Competition in 2019. That same year she played as a soloist with the orchestra Continuo. In September 2019, she decided to finally prioritize her greatest passion and started studying harp with Miriam Overlach at the Antwerp Conservatory. There, she focuses mainly on contemporary music and chamber music, among others in harp duo Vireo and Trio Escalda.
Alejandro López Cordero
The Spanish flutist Alejandro López Cordero was born in Cáceres, where he started studying music and flute at the age of 9. He has studied his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp with professor Aldo Baerten, in the University of Music and Drama of Vienna with professor Walter Auer and in the Royal Conservatoire of Granada with Tatiana Franco and Javier Castiblanque.
He has been an academist at the Belgian National Orchestra, La Monnaie/De Munt Brussels Opera, and the Orchestra of the Balear Islands. He was trained in youth orchestral programs like Youth Orchestra of Extremadura, Orchestral Academy of Málaga, Youth Orchestra of Córdoba, and Southern Spain Youth Orchestra.
Passionate about chamber music and orchestra, he is now working as a freelancer with different ensembles like Trio Escalda and Trio Adarves, and in orchestras, for instance as a solo flute at Gaos Orchestra and as a collaborator in the Orchestra of Extremadura. He combines his freelance career with private teaching and studies in new music technologies and production.
Paloma Pérez García
The Spanish violinist Paloma Pérez was born in Huelva in 1998, where she began her viola studies at the age of 10. From a very young age, she got interested in the practice of early music with historical instruments. This path led her to be invited to Jeune Orchestre de L’Abbaye, where she has participated in projects conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Alessandro Moccia, Alexis Kossenko and Raphaël Pidoux, with whom she recorded an album playing Haydn cello concertos. She has also participated in Joven Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla in FeMAS, a very renowned early music festival in Spain. In 2014 she was co-founder of the baroque ensemble Follia di Spagna based in Huelva.
Currently, she has finished her studies in modern viola in Antwerp, with Professor Leo de Neve. During her career as a modern violinist, she has been trained in several young orchestras, pointing out: Orquesta Joven de Andalucía, Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, where she played as co-principal in their tour to Rumania, Youth Orchestra Flanders, Antwerps Jeugdorkest and Neue Philharmonie München. She is also a collaborator with the orchestra La Passione in Belgium and Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain. Apart from her orchestral career, she is a member of Trio Escalda since 2019.