Duo Corbetta combines two specialist instrumentalists in the Early Music field - Karina Schmitz and Simon Martyn-Ellis. With a combined love of chamber music, Duo Corbetta seeks to explore the world of music written throughout the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods for the combination of plucked and bowed string. From violin to viola d'amore, and lute through to romantic guitar, Duo Corbetta brings to life the entertaining and intimate repertoire composed for kings, queens, nobility, bourgeois, professionals and amateurs with historically informed contexts and instruments.
Karina Schmitz - Violin, Viola, Viola d'amore
Cleveland based violinist and violist, Karina Schmitz, holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her early music studies began at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, Miho Hashizume and David Breitman. She continued her training in the Apollo’s Fire Apprentice Program in Cleveland while serving as concertmaster of the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra.
Karina is currently principal violist with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, principal second violinist with Tempesta di Mare, assistant-principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and a founding violinist/violist with New York based 17th century ensemble ACRONYM. She also appears regularly with Les Délices, New York State Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music, and has performed with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival, Boston Camerata, Blue Heron, TENET, the American Opera Theater in Washington, D.C., the Trinity Consort in Portland, OR, the Rutland Baroque Orchestra in Vermont, the Dryden Ensemble, and the Harvard Baroque Orchestra.
Equally at home with repertoire ranging from the 13th century to the 21st century, Karina has played vielle with Medieval specialist, Benjamin Bagby, performed on viola d'amore on stages throughout the United States, and premiered works by John Luther Adams, John Zorn and Lee Hyla. She was solo violist with the Boston modern chamber ensemble Callithumpian Consort for eight years, where she was featured in works by Morton Feldman, Jonathan Harvey, and John Cage.
Karina has toured both nationally and internationally with Tempesta di Mare, Apollo's Fire, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Camerata, Callithumpian Consort, and A Far Cry. She has recordings on the Chandos, Mode, Eclectra, Koch, AVIE, Tzadik, Olde Focus, and Artemis/Vanguard labels.
Simon Martyn-Ellis - baroque guitar, baroque lute, theorbo, romantic guitar
Simon Martyn-Ellis began playing the lute after finding the classical guitar repertoire too restrictive for ensemble performance: continuo accompaniment remains a mainstay of his activities. His particular interests are in vocal collaborations, either in opera or intimate recitals, baroque guitar repertoire, and finding the groove in Early Music. But really, he just has a great time making music with people.
After undergraduate studies in his homeland Australia, Simon moved to Germany in 2002 to complete postgraduate study with Rolf Lislevand at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik. During his 11 year stay in Germany, Simon appeared frequently throughout Europe and the US in leading performance venues and theaters with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Salzburger Landestheater, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofkapelle, Neue Hofkapelle München, and the Freiburger Barockorchester, as well as in a variety of chamber music performances.
In Australia, he has appeared in numerous festivals including the Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals, The Melbourne Autumn and Melbourne Spring Early Music Festivals, The Ballarat Festival as well as for Pinchgut Opera, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Opera Australia, the Adelaide and Melbourne symphony orchestras, and chamber ensembles such as the Elysium Ensemble, Latitude 37, Ironwood, Salut! Baroque and Sirius Ensemble.
Based in Boston, Simon has appeared since his arrival in the US in 2013 as a founding member with ACRONYM and Duo Corbetta, as soloist with Apollo’s Fire and Clarion NYC, and at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, with Handel & Haydn Society, Les Delices, Helicon NYC, Bach Collegium San Diego, Three Notch’d Road, amongst other chamber performances around the US.
Simon can be heard and seen on CD recordings and DVD releases from the Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, BIS, ABC Classics, Vexations840 and Move labels amongst others. He has been recorded for radio and television broadcast countless times in over 12 countries worldwide.