The Orchestra


Anders Muskens (b. 1993) began piano studies at the age of 4 in Edmonton AB, Canada. He completed his Associateship in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto at the age of 15 under the tutelage of Dr. Irina Konovalov. He received numerous awards and scholarships including: first place at the Early Music Young Ensemble Competition at the London Exhibition of Early Music 2018 in a duo with soprano Tinka Pypker; the „Hofkapelle Elbe-Elster“ für das Jahr 2019 prize at the „Gebrüder Graun Prize“ 2018 in Bad Liebenwerda, DE with Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester; the Provost Music Festival Plaque at the Alberta Music Festival in Calgary CA, the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival in Edmonton CA; the  Winspear Fund Scholarship for Advanced Classical Music Study; the Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Award; and competed at the Canadian Music Competition National Final in Quebec CA. He is currently studying fortepiano and harpsichord at the Royal Conseravtoire of The Hague under Dr. Bart van Oort, Petra Somlai, and Fabio Bonizzoni. In addition, he also experiments with historical oboes, and holds a degree in electrical engineering. Anders also plays in many other ensembles, including Ensemble La Favorita. He has played in the H.I.F. Biber competition in Linz AT, the Musica Antica Festival Bruges,  the Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp as part of the International Young Artist’s Presentation 2017, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Mini Mozart Festival in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL. Anders co-founded Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester with Beniamino Paginini at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in late 2016.


Beniamino Paganini (b. 1994) discovered his passion for early music at a young age and started his traverso and harpsichord studies at the Conservatory of Bruges. Aged 16, he entered the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and studied traverso, with Barthold Kuijken, Frank Theuns and Jan De Winne (master diploma with great distinction in 2016) and harpsichord with Frédérick Haas. He is currentlycompleting a Masters in maestro al cembalo at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In addition, he participated in master classes with Patrick Beuckels, Marten Root, Karl Keiser, Kris Verhelst and many others and studies musicology at the University of Leuven. He received several first prizes, and played traverso in the semi finals of the renowned International Competition Musica Antiqua Brugge (2014) and of the 8th International Telemann Competition (2015). Beniamino plays with various orchestras and ensembles, such as Il Gardellino (Jan De Winne and Marcel Ponseele), Scherzi Musicali (Nicolas Achten), Ensemble Apotheosis (Korneel Bernolet) and Concert Royal Köln (Karla Schröter), in a variety of projects (recitals, chamber and orchestra music, vocal works and operas). In 2006 he founded his early music ensemble and choir Musica Gloria with which he performed concerts in Belgium and the Netherlands, often with theatrical elements. In 2015 he has been appointed as harpsichord teacher and accompanist at the Academy of Veurne.

The Harmoniemusik band (Wind Instrument Band)

Originally from the United States, Dominic Giardino (b. 1994), moved to the Netherlands during the Autumn of 2016 to study historical clarinets and performance practice with Professor Eric Hoeprich as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Having developed an interest for historical research and performance during his bachelor’s studies at the Eastman School of Music, Dominic began studying historical clarinets independently in 2013. In 2014, he recorded an album of music by the 19th century American composer Thomas Coates with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band. The CD (on the MSR label), entitled “Thomas Coates: The Father of Band Music in America”, was recorded on original 19th century instruments, and is only one of two albums where Coates’ music can be heard. While attending Eastman, he performed in the Eastman Wind Ensemble Harmonie’s premiere tour to Europe during the spring of 2016. Together with Giulia Zannin (historical clarinets) and Ester van der Veen (historical bassoons), Dominic formed Trio Auriga in the late Autumn of 2016. He is also a member of the Boston based historical instrument orchestra, Grand Harmonie. Dominic’s principal clarinet teachers include Eric Hoeprich, Kenneth Grant, and Jon Manasse. He also studied chamber music and 17th, 18th, and 19th century performance practice with Paul O’Dette, Christian Beuse, and Malcom Bilson. Dominic holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (USA), and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Historical Clarinets from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. 

The Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester Chamber Soloists

Many smaller chamber music groups exist within the DNMO community with the goal of exploring Classical and Romantic chamber music repertoire. These include arrangements such as duos, trios, and quartets with keyboard, string, and wind instruments. The original Mannheim Court Orchestra was renowned for their Akademiekonzerten, which were weekly concerts performed for the Elector and honoured guests, featuring works written by members of the orchestra. We continue this tradition with regular chamber music concerts with DNMO members. 

Ensembles included in the DNMO Chamber Soloists include the Anton Eberl Piano Quartet and the Baroque chamber ensemble L’isoletta di cigni.


The Community

Orchestra and Harmonie

Kapellmeister: Anders Muskens (fortepiano, harpsichord)
Vice-kapellmeister: Beniamino Paganini (harpsichord)

Violins, Violas: Anna Jane Lester (concertmaster), Takuto Takagishi, Yumina Ishii, Lena Rademann, Francine Maas, Alaia Ferran, Isabel Franenberg, Clara Sawada, Weronika Zimnoch
Cello: Evan Buttar, Amandine Menuge
Bass: Eva Euwe, Takumi Hiratsuka, Severiano Paoli
Lute / Theorbo: Punto Bawono

Flute: Florencia Gómez, Beniamino Paginini, Tiziano Teodori, Thomas Reyna
Oboes: Federico Forla, Kaori Katayama,  Valle González Martín
Clarinets: Sandra Perez Romero, Dominic Giardino, Alejandro Fariña Martín, Adrianna van Leeuwen
Bassoons: Ester van der Veen, Jeongguk Lee
Natural Horns: Federico Cuevas Ruiz, Geard Serrano, Vicent Serra, Jairo Gimeno Veses, Fabio Forgiani, Halldór Bjarki Arnarson

Associate Singers 

Tinka Pypker, soprano
May Kristin Svanholm Hegvold, soprano
Heleen Bongenaar, soprano
Fee Suzanne de Ruiter, mezzo-soprano
Jole de Baerdemaeker, soprano

Minho Jeong, alto
Natalia Pérez, soprano
Cally Youdell, soprano
Bonnie de la Hunty, soprano
Judith Sepulchre, soprano