DUO IGNEA is an emerging flute piano duo formed by Rebecca Blau (Germany/Switzerland) and Zane Rubesa (Latvia/France).
Both musicians met in 2017 during their Erasmus exchange programs at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. After discovering their mutual passion for chamber music during their collaborations in various concerts and masterclasses, they decided to establish Duo Ignea, which has quickly grown into an internationally active ensemble around Europe.
Rebecca Blau (Germany/Switzerland) started her musical education at an early age. She visited the music school in Suhl and attended the special music class at the Goethe – Gymnasium/Rutheneum in Gera. She is currently completing her Performance Master degree at the Hochschule Luzern in the class of Pirmin Grehl with a specialization in contemporary. In october 2021 she will start playing in the International Ensemble Modern Academy Frankfurt.
Rebecca completed her Bachelor Degree at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf with Evelin Degen. In the year 2017/2018 she took part in the Erasmus exchange program at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Frank Hendrickx and the Pôle d’Enseignement Supérieur Bordeaux Aquitaine with Jutta Pulcini.
In 2021 Rebecca is part of the Ulysses Ensemble, organised by the IRCAM in Paris. With Ulysses she plays at Manifeste in Paris under the baton of Pierre Bleuse, in Royaumont with Jean-Philippe Wurtz and in october they will perform with Beat Furrer and the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona. Her interest in chamber music and contemporary music gave her the opportunity to play in different festivals around the world, including the Beijing Modern Music Festival in China, the Warsaw Autumn Festival and the Festival de La Habana de Música Contemporánea in Cuba.
In 2019 she was part of the Impuls Academy in Graz and played at the Järvi festival in Pärnu and the Höri festival. For her musical abilities she was awarded with scholarships including the Deutschlandstipendium and scholarships by the Anna Ruths Stiftung and the Hirschmannstiftung.
Zane is a latvian pianist, who started to play piano at the age of seven in Jelgava Secondary Music school and continued her education in Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in the class of Arnis Zandmanis, where she pursued her Bachelor and Master degree in Piano Performance. Seeking further career advancement and international experience, in 2017/2018 she did an internship as a piano accompanist in Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
During her studies, Zane has been a participant of numerous masterclasses with great musicians such as D. Bashkirov, A. Kouyoumdjian, L. Zilberstein, D. Yoffe among others.
She has won numerous prizes as soloist and as chamber musician. With trio Metamorfoze (Latvia) she was awarded 3rd prize in International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Completion (Germany) and 1st prize in Svirel music competition and festival (Slovenia).
She has performed in several festivals, among them Mantova Music festival (Italy), Belgian Music days, Debussy festival (Belgium), Aurora Winter Festival (Sweden). Currently Zane is based in France as an accompanist and an active member of various chamber music projects across Europe.