The flute Duo Quardici is composed by Agnese Lecchi (Italy) and Mirna Ackers (The Netherlands), and has been performing together around Amsterdam since 2017.
Mirna Ackers (1995) was admitted to the Sweelinck Academy for exceptionally gifted young musicians at the age of 15 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Marieke Schneemann; she’s currently in the class of Kersten McCall (Principal of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) for her master studies. Agnese Lecchi (1994) started her studies privately in Italy at the age of 8; after graduating in Brescia at the Conservatorio Luca Marenzio, she was admitted to the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Kersten McCall for her master, where she became friends with, indeed, Mirna.
Agnese and Mirna have a lot in common: not only they did study together, but they’re also both co-principals of the NJO (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands), and had the chance to follow masterclasses with the best musicians in Europe and America: Jacques Zoon, Felix Renggli, Emily Beynon, Denis Bouriakov, Philippe Bernold, Marco Zoni; they both won several important prizes in both national and international competitions.
The duo has played in festivals like “Happy BachDag” but it’s also giving concerts in cultural locations around Amsterdam. They perform music from Bach until Takemitsu, including arrangements by Mirna.