Participating Ensembles

Très Animé is a ladies’ ensemble from Poznań, brought together by their particular interest in Early Music. Since its formation in 2016, the members have discovered a unity of intention such that they often need not use words in their work together, even though they possess four very different characters. Both as soloists and as chamber musicians, they have gathered experience from many different European Academies of Music, including those in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Estonia and Austria. Furthermore, they have participated in many masterclasses under the direction of outstanding and famous specialists in Early Music.

Having studied music at the Tokyo University of the Arts, harpsichordist Ilhae Kim and countertenor Toshiyuki Muramatsu founded the ensemble Concerto sotto l’Albero in Tokyo in 2010. Both of them then continued their studies in Europe where they met their ensemble partners. The concept is that singer and instrumentalists develop together a common idea(l) of sound, preserving their individual approaches to music but merging together in creating the music. Their repertoire includes works by German composers, such as Händel, Bach, Telemann, with countertenor and Traverso flute as leading melodies.

Early music ensemble The Counterpoints truly began in 2011 when then-students Thomas Triesschijn and Aljosja Mietus began playing together as a duo, by 2016 they also perform in trio and quartet formations. They envisioned agroup with core members but flexibility in instrumentation, to explore an even wider range of repertoire and colours.

The Counterpoints, all recent graduates of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, The Juilliard School, and University of the Arts Utrecht, have performed in several chamber music series and festivals throughout Europe. In October 2016 they made their first recording, a series of short videos.

The main band consists of three young musicians who met each other in St-Petersburg: Evgeni Sviridov (baroque violin), Anna Dmitrieva (baroque violin) and Ekaterina Biazrova (harpsichord and organ); currently they are studying in Cologne. Ludus Instrumentalis were honoured with serveral prizes, 1st Prize and Audience Prize at “Förderpreis Alte Musik 2016” in Saarland are just an example. They played in Big and Small halls of St-Petersburg Philharmonic and in different festivals.

The young Ensemble Interrogatio was formed in October 2014 by Sofija Grgur and Filip Rekieć after several years of musical cooperation. The musicians from different countries have gathered themselves over the common interest and passion for historical performance practice. The ensemble offers an extensive repertoire, from Renaissance to early classical music. One of their successes is a second prize at the XVI. Biagio-Marini Competition 2015 while the 37th Summer Academy in Neuburg on the Danube. In addition, Ensemble Interrogatio is an awardee of the Gebrüder-Graun Prize.

Inspired from the special athmosphere of their place of study, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, their shared love to early music and joy at discorvering and researching in all areas of the arts, ensemble diletto musicale was formed. Since then they participate regulary at concerts in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Both the individual experience and the work with outstanding musicians such as Amadine Bayer, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Leila Schayegh and Petr Skalka enrich the interplay and the performances of the ensemble.

They want to spread the diversity in styles and national characteristics to show the diversity of baroque music.

Laura Quesada and Carla Sanfélix had it clear when they met and played together one of the wonderful pieces by Couperin, something magical had been born and they did not want to leave it there. From that experience and the love for what they did and what they longed to do, the ensemble L'Apothéose was born at the end of 2015. From its beginnings, they wanted to take the historical interpretation to the highest level. The career of the group is brief but intense. They receive the recognition of the public in each concert for its vigorousness and expression. Its chamber music repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the end of classicism, traveling through all the great European nations with their different styles.

4 Times Baroque was founded in 2013 by 4 young musicians from Germany. Jonas Zschenderlein (baroque violin), Jan Nigges (recorder), Karl Simko (baroque cello) and Alexander von Heißen (harpsichord) have all dedicated themselves to the historically informed performance practice since their childhood. A recent concert review of the FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) described their performance at the Rheingau Musikfestival as "unconventional, full of fervour, sometimes cheeky, but always fresh, full of energy and thrilling for the audience“. Indeed it is a goal of the ensemble to find a good balance of working with historical sources and presenting a lively performance with no limits. Early music should not be considered as „old“ or even „antique“ music, but as a constant source of energy and process.

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