Rachel Frost studied the oboe with Leon Goossens and Celia Nicklin while completing an BA in geography at Cambridge University. She won an instrumental award at Fitzwilliam college Cambridge. She continued her musical studies as a post-graduate at the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning the Oboe Prize. Further scholarships enabled her to then study with Ingo Goritzki at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover.
Rachel has played as guest Principal Oboe or solo-cor anglais with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the London BBC Symphony Orchestra , the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Leipzig Orchestra, among others. Since 1992 she holds the position as solo cor anglais and second oboe with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with whom she has played many concerts together with world class conductors and soloists in many of the world’s greatest concert Halls. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe worked for many years in close association with Claudio Abbado, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Sir George Solti etc And currently works regularly with Bernard Haitink and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She has recorded wind chamber music with the COE Wind Soloists and the complete Zelenka trio sonatas with Douglas Boyd. She has played chamber music with the Nash Ensemble, London and is a regular guest at the Domleschg Festival in Switzerland and the Cerne Abbas Festival in Dorset.
Guido Schaefer studied the clarinet with Professor Hans Deinzer in Hannover, winning several prizes during this time: winner of the ‚Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs‘ , and a member of the highly selected ‚Bundesauswahl junger Kunstler‘. From 1989 until 1994 he was the Principal clarinet of the ‚Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie‘ making numerous chamber music recordings.
Since 1994 he is Principal clarinet of the NDR Radio Philharmonie. Guido Schaefer has played solo concertos internationally with conductors such as H. Schiff, J. Belohlavek, E. Oue, Pavo Berglund etc. His chamber music groups include: ‚Ensemble 8‘, Arte-Ensemble (NDR) and his highly acclaimed wind quintet: ‚ Ma’alot Quintett‘ ; an ensemble winning many first prizes including the first prize in the ARD competition in Munich.
He is also a talented and successful music arranger.Both his wind quintet arrangements for the Ma’alot quintet of Dvorak and Rossini have been awarded ‚Echo Klassik ‚ prizes. He has arranged works commissioned by the NDR, WDR, Rheingau Musikfest, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Niedersachsischen Musiktage and the Scharoun Ensemble. His music for the children’s theatre pieces such as ‚Papa Haydn’s little animal show‘ , ‚Ritter Gluck im Glück‘ , have been incredibly successful.
Guido also teaches clarinet at the ‚Hochschule für Musik und Theater‘ in Hannover.
Malte Refardt , born in Hamburg, was already an active member of his city’s musical scene at a very early age. He continued his bassoon studies with Professor Dag Jensen in Essen and Hannover and then completed his final concert exams under Professor George Klutsch in Weimar and Cologne.
As a student he played principal bassoon with the Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under world famous conductors such as : Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano. He currently holds the position as Principal Bassoon in the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover with whom he has made many recordings and still also plays as guest principal with the Munich Opera, Ensemble Modern, Saito Kinen Orchestra , the Tokyo Opera under conductors such as Ozawa, Kent Nagano etc. Malte Refardt is also professor for bassoon at the Folkwang University for Art in Essen where he teaches his own ‚ solo bassoon class‘. He regularly adjudicates on the wind panel for international competitions and performs chamber music at several festivals with Ana Chumachenco, Natalia Gutmann, Wen-Sin Yang and other eminent musicians.