La Vaghezza is an ensemble specializing in the historically informed performance of music from the 17th and 18th century. The five musicians came together in 2016, and immediately became known for their unified sound and joint musical conception.
In 2016 La Vaghezza gave a tour of central Italy, were awarded first prize in the Maurizio Pratola International Competition, performed in the Brugge and Utrecht early music festivals, and were chosen as an Emerging European Ensemble on the eeemerging scheme, supported by partners across Europe. In 2017 they gave sold out performances in esteemed festivals such as Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Paviabarocca Festival and the Biennale del Mediterraneo in Palermo.
Cancrizans Duo was founded in Bremen in 2015 and focuses on baroque music for traverso and continuo or obligated harpsichord, but also plays own arrangements of some of the most important works of the 18th and 19th century. The duo has won the second Prize at the Maurizio Pratola International Early Music Competition in 2017.
Both musicians have a wide international activity as concertists and they have successfully performed as a duo in some concert halls in Germany and at the Fringe Festival of Early Music of Utrecht in 2015 and 2016.
Founded in 2016, Les Tambourins is a young professional ensemble with a stable cast that focuses on the performance of Baroque repertoire on period instruments. During the last year, they have had the opportunity to play on the fringe of the MA Festival in Brugge and the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht. All three members of Les Tambourins are internationally active musicians that have played with Scherzi Musicali (Nicolas Achten), Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya (Jordi Savall), or EUBO (Margaret Faultless), among others. In July 2017, the ensemble was selected to be part of the International Academy of Early Music Aledo. Les Tambourins are notable for their freshness and quality research in the historically informed performance practice.
The ensemble Tolmetes has recently been founded by six musicians who combine the influence of five different countries in one group. The diversity of musical backgrounds and the manifold approaches to music lead to the special characteristic of Tolmetes’ musical style. The musicians are moreover united by their passion for an authentic historically informed performance. Tolmetes – the Greek word for courageous, wild and without fear – is the central theme for the ensemble. It combines the courage to explore unknown ground while never fearing the familiar with the greatest pleasure of discovering and learning about new terrain and making it tangible for the audience.
The early music ensemble The Counterpoints truly began in 2011, when the students Thomas Triesschijn and Aljosja Mietus began playing together as a duo. The two have performed in European chamber music series and festivals, sharing a special interest in contrapuntal music and the interplay of their musical voices. By 2016, they envisioned a group with core members but flexibility in instrumentation, to explore an even wider range of repertoire and colours. They then began to perform with cellist Petr Hamouz and violinist Anna Jane Lester in trio and quartet formations, called The Counterpoints.
The Counterpoints have performed together internationally across Europe, and competed as finalists in the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.
L’isoletta di cigni is an early music ensemble associated with Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester Chamber Soloists. Formed in late 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands, out of students of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the ensemble seeks to revive the lush repertory of early to mid-18th century Baroque chamber cantatas with an obligato traverso and basso continuo. The ensemble is highly international and contains diverse backgrounds and nationalities, including members from Norway, Argentina, Canada, and Germany. L’isoletta di cigni seeks to bring dramatic rhetoric alongside a commitment to historically-informed performance practice.
During their studies of Historical Performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt the musicians met and formed the ensemble La Récréation – Anna Kaiser (violine, violetta), Caroline Rohde (recorder), Florian Streich (cello) and Ortrun Sommerweiß (harpsichord). They do not only play historical instruments and their replicas. Furthermore, they are interested in all aspects of the historically informed performance of the 17th and 18th century. Their main intention is to reproduce the sound impressions of ancient times. For this, they play with informed continuo suspensions, playing techniques, ornaments and styles of different nations. They want to show the different musical expressive and creative means in the different countries.
Ensemble Arava consists of four musicians, on three instruments, of two nationalities, who wish to share their love for Baroque music with the rest of the world. The combination of voice and violin in their small ensemble leads to a special aesthetic. The musicians enjoy alternating between being chamber music partners and soloists, and this is reflected in their diverse programmes.
In Frankfurt, Germany, Ensemble Arava was awarded with the first prize as well as the audience prize at the First International Competition for Concert Explanations and Presentation. In 2017 they got a special prize at the International H.I.F. Biber Competition in Austria, a concert invitation from the Wiener Konzerthaus to perform in a series for young ensembles at the Resonanzen Festival in 2018.