Johanna Bartz (traverso) and Peter Croton (lute), representing two generations of teachers at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, have come together to form a ‘flute and lute’ duo to perform music from 1500-1760. They are devoted to historically inspired performance infused with personal expression, in works by composers such as G.P. Telemann, Jacques Hotteterre and John Dowland. Working from the idea that “less is more”, they are an ensemble that explores rhetorical expression as only a duo can, employing nuances of dynamic, timbre and rhythmic flexibility, interweaving their lines like dancers who maintain their individuality yet create a unified whole. “Speaking in musical tones”* is what motivates Johanna Bartz & Peter Croton to present a program of instrumental music that touches the listener with an “oratory in sound”*.
*Johann Mattheson, 1739
Flautist Johanna Bartz is a versatile and internationally sought-after musician and teacher of renaissance traverso at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis since 2016. In the press she has been called "a master on the historical flauto traverso [whose] sound is soft and charming, warm and pure, tender and sensitive, colourful and very differenciated” and her playing has been described as “full of emotions ... celebrated in stunning virtuosity”.
She performs with numerous renown ensembles across the continent, and plays regularly with her ensembles astrophil & stella and El Gran Teatro del Mundo. Additionally, Johanna’s performances have been recorded for rbb Kulturradio, MDR, SR, Radio de la Suisse Romande, Radio Catalunya, and she has recorded for the Querstand, Coviello Classics and Decca labels. Johanna has been a guest lecturer to Mozarteum Salzburg, University of Arts Berlin and ESMAE Porto. She was an awardee of the Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now Berlin e.V., the DOMS foundation and Lyceum Club Basel, the Musikakademie Basel and the Hirschmann foundation. Her traverso playing was also awarded at the German national music competition “Jugend Musiziert”, Förderstiftung Fürstenhagen and at the International Gebrüder Graun Competition.
Johanna Bartz completed her master's degree with distinction at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in 2017, where she studied traverso with Marc Hantai and the renaissance flute with Anne Smith. Before that she studied with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory Brussels, and with
Christoph Huntgeburth at the University of Arts, Berlin.
Award-winning lutenist and romantic-guitarist Peter Croton is an active performer & recording artist as soloist & accompanist who has been teaching lute, romantic guitar, continuo, and historical performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis since 1989 and the Conservatory of Music in Bern since 1984. In the press he has been called a “lyric poet of the lute” and has been praised for his “breathtaking virtuosity” and “astonishing range of tone colors and dynamics”. His compositions for voice & lute have been described as “challenging and refined... highly suited for inclusion in today's concert repertoire.
He studied lute and classical guitar with Dr. Loris Chobanian (Oberlin Conservatory of Music) and lute with Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis). He won first prize at the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music in Cambridge MA (1984) and has also won prizes at other international competitions. He has recorded numerous CDs, appeared on television and radio as soloist and chamber musician, and has performed at many international festivals. Peter is the author of four books on the subject of lute, guitar and historically inspired performance.
Since 2011, Peter Croton has been included in the Marquis Who's Who in the World, featuring biographies of “the most accomplished men and women from around the world and across all fields of endeavor”. Peter is President of the German Lute Society (Deutsche Lautengesellschaft), and is the initiator & artistic director of BASEL PLUCKS - festival for lute & guitar.