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Profeti della Quinta, 2011 winners




Doron Schleifer, David Feldman countertenors
Dino L├╝thy, Dan Dunkelblum tenors
Elam Rotem bass
 
Profeti della Quinta, winners of the 2011 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, gave the final concert of the 2012 York Early Music Festival.  The five young singers from Israel and Switzerland were accompanied by four instrumentalists for a recital of music by the 17th-century Italian-Jewish composer Salamone Rossi. Rossi served at the court of Mantua where he became known as "Il Mantovano Hebreo", the title of their programme. The young singers charmed the audience with the stunning blend and beauty of their voices and their vivid and expressive performance. The concert was recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on The Early Music Show.
 
As part of their prize in the International Young Artists Competition, the ensemble received a prestigious recording contract with the award-winning Linn Records and, following their appearance in the Festival, they spent several days at the NCEM with Linn's chief classical producer/engineer Philip Hobbs, recording the programme for a CD. As chairman of the judges in the 2011 competition, Philip had commented 'Profeti della Quinta's stunning authentic performance practice and quality of execution was truly magnificent.'   The CD will be released in Autumn 2013.

Profeti della Quinta feature in a film by Joseph Rochlitz, Hebreo: The Search for Salamone Rossi. In this documentary, they rehearse and perform Rossi's music in the magnificent town of Mantua, in preparation for a special concert in the Gonzaga dukes' pleasure palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music.  See www.salomonerossifilm.com/    The film was screened at the NCEM on 1 December 2012 as part of the International Young Artists Showcase  which featured finalists from the 2011 Young Artists Competition.
 
Profeti Della Quinta was founded in 2002 in the Galilee region of Israel and is currently based in Switzerland, where all its members undertook further study at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. The core of five male singers is also supplemented with instrumentalists and additional singers as required. Focusing on repertoire from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the group has been active in researching and performing hitherto neglected repertoire, such as Emilio de' Cavalieri's Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi's Hashirim asher li'Shlomo (1622-3), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew, which they recorded on PAN Classics to critical acclaim. See  www.quintaprofeti.com/