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Sollazzo Ensemble

Consone Quartet

nexus baroque

Amsterdam Corelli Collective


Ensemble Ancor

Il Giorno Felice

Les Touches

Royal Baroque

The Scroll Ensemble
Winners of York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2015
Perrine Devillers soprano
Yukie Sato soprano, clavisimbalum
Vivien Simon tenor
Anna Danilevskaia, Sophia Danilevskaia medieval fiddles
Vincent Kibildis harp

Sollazzo Ensemble was founded in 2014 in Basel, where the members were all studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble benefits from the diverse musical backgrounds of its members: while some of its players were already exploring early music, others found their calling via modern classical music, theatre or even musicals. The group has appeared in many concerts and also won a chamber music competition at the Schola Cantorum in 2014. Further afield, it has collaborated with the Fondazione Ezio Franceschini in Florence (exploring medieval Italian philology) and was invited to a congress on Matteo da Perugia by the prestigious Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. In 2015 the Sollazzo Ensemble is supported by the 'eeemerging' programme, which gives it the opportunity twice this year to concentrate on musical matters during residencies; first in the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia, Italy, and later in the Centre culturel de rencontre d'Ambronay, France. 

Winner of the EUBO Development Trust prize for the most promising artists; awarded a place on the Eeemerging: Emerging European Ensembles programme
Agata Daraskaite, Magdalena Loth-Hill violins
Louisa Tatlow viola
George Ross cello

Consone Quartet was founded in 2012 by students at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. The quartet strives to recreate the classical sound-worlds of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert through period instrument performance. The quartet performed for the BBC Radio 3 programme Between the Ears, and has participated in masterclasses with Lucy Russell, Catherine Martin, Jean Paterson and members of Florilegium. In 2013 Consone Quartet was awarded the Century Fund Prize in the RCM Historical Performance Competition, and recorded works by Giovanni Antonio Giaj and Daniele Castrovillari with the Ballo Baroque Ensemble. In 2014 the quartet travelled to Bolivia to perform with the Arakaendar Choir, directed by Ashley Solomon. 

Awarded a place on the Eeemerging: Emerging European Ensembles programme
nexus baroque (Germany)
Julia Andres, Yeuntae Jung recorders
Hyngun Cho cello
Alexander Gergelyfi harpsichord

nexus baroque was formed in 2012, with the aim of exploring new ways of performing Baroque music. The musicians have all studied historical performance practice, and their challenge is to use their knowledge creatively, without being limited by strict conventions, so that they can approach the music with new insights. The ensemble was prizewinner of the first International Berlin Bach Competition in 2013 and was awarded second prize at the Alice Samter-Stiftung Competition 2014. As well as performing in Berlin and Vienna, the group was ensemble in residence at Schloss Rheinsberg in 2014.

Ryuko Reid, Isidro Albarreal Delgado, Alba Encinas, David Rabinovici, Asuka Sumi, Christine Verdon, Hannah Visser, Kim White violins
Annemarie Kosten-Dür, Isa Juárez violas
Irene Kok, Maximiliano Segura Sánchez cellos
Zaynab Martin violone
Mario Sarrechia harpsichord

Amsterdam Corelli Collective is committed to keeping historical performance practice relevant to audiences today. The ensemble was founded by Ryuko Reid in 2013, and pays tribute to Arcangelo Corelli, whose works were published in Amsterdam. Focusing on his compositions, the surrounding repertoire of the concerto grosso and orchestral music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Amsterdam Corelli Collective has performed at notable venues in the Netherlands (such as Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and Orgelpark in Amsterdam) and in 2014 presented fringe concerts in MA Festival Bruges and Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. In 2015 it was selected as one of six ensembles taking part in Centre culturel de rencontre d'Ambronay's 'eeemerging' project, with performances at Seviqc Brežice Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at Ghislierimusica in Pavia, Italy, and at Festival d'Ambronay in France.    

Elizabeth Lyon cello
Matthew Hall harpsichord

Diapason was founded in 2013 at Cornell University and takes its name from the Greek term for the interval of the octave in the ratio of 2:1, in fond recollection of the two players' first meeting in a seminar on the history of music theory, and in keeping with the Classical bent of their research. Combining their research interests as musicologists and artistry as performers, the duo uncovers lesser-known works for bowed-bass instruments and keyboards and recasts the standard repertoire in a new light, performing music from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. As well as presenting concerts in upstate New York, the duo acts as teachers and principal players in the Cornell Baroque Orchestra and has also founded Ithaca Music Society, a service-based organisation and collaborative forum for emerging professionals. 

Ruth Bruckner, Iris Mañà Alentà, Stjepan Nodilo, Jin Yan recorders

Ensemble Ancor was founded in 2013 by recorder students and graduates from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. The players are drawn from a variety of nationalities - from Austria, China, Croatia and Spain - and are brought together by a shared enthusiasm for medieval and Renaissance music and a desire to explore the vast and diverse repertoire from 1300 to 1600. This includes music intended for purely instrumental interpretation as well as the rich repertoire of vocal polyphony, both secular and sacred. Ensemble Ancor has performed in a wide range of venues in Europe, including in Spain (Basilica Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona), Italy (Parrocchia Santa Maria Assunta in Capoliveri) and Austria (Sankt Anna in Pöggstall and Reformierte Stadtkirche in Vienna). In 2014 the ensemble was invited by the Swiss Thyll-Dürr Foundation to become one of their prestigious ensembles in residence at the Casa Zia Lina in Elba, Italy. Future engagements include a concert at the renowned Austrian festival Carinthischer Sommer. 

Michaela Koudelková recorder
Katarzyna Cichoń cello
Jan Baciak harpsichord

Il Giorno Felice was formed in 2013 at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, where the three members were studying. The ensemble has since attended several masterclasses all over Europe, and in May 2014 took part in an international symposium in Cracow with William Dongois. Later that year it participated in the Ringve International Summer Course in Norway. The group has presented many concerts in Poland, Slovakia and Norway, and appeared in leading festivals such as Dni Bachowskie (Poland) and Nitrianská hudobná jeseň (Slovakia).

Pedro Funes, Stephanie Raby bass viols

Les Touches has been playing together since 2011, when the group was formed at the Jacobs School of Music (Early Music Institute) at Indiana University. The ensemble's core repertoire includes the works of many of Renaissance England's most prominent composers, such as William Byrd and John Coprario, as well as the works of composers whose work deserves wider circulation, such as George Jeffreys and Peter Phillips. They have performed in concerts across the USA, working with groups such as Texas Early Music Project and the South Dakota Chorale. 2014 marked the inaugural season of Les Touches in Texas and the start of a partnership with Viols of Houston, with whom they have started outreach projects in local schools, in a mission to share their passion for the viol and make this fascinating consort repertoire more accessible to a wider community. 

Christiane Eidsten Dahl violin
Rebecca Vucetic recorders
Kaisa Pulkkinen harp
Kate Conway viola da gamba
Katarzyna Kowalik harpsichord

Royal Baroque is made up of players from Finland, Norway, Poland and the UK, who met at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010. Drawn together by an interest in court music during the pre-Baroque and Baroque eras, they focus on composers who enjoyed the patronage of the Royals, with a repertoire that extends from the early Italian to the national styles of the English, French and German courts. Royal Baroque has performed in many London venues, including at the London Handel Festival with Anna Starushkevych (winner of the Handel Singing Competition). The ensemble was nominated to represent the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition organised by the Musica Britannica Trust, and was also finalist in the Fenton House Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition.

James Hewitt violin, viola
Robert de Bree recorder, oboe, oboe da caccia
Iason Marmaras harpsichord, voice

The Scroll Ensemble focuses on one of the most important aspects of early music: ensemble improvisation. The ensemble has performed throughout Europe, most notably for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (2008), with Christina Pluhar for the 2009 Association Européenne des Conservatoires Conference, and in 2014 it was chosen as one of the International Young Artists' Presentation (IYAP) Selected Promising Ensembles. It has improvised in the film Michiel de Ruyter (2015, directed by Roel Reiné) and has featured on the Dutch radio programme Opium (2014). In December 2014 the ensemble improvised a Baroque cantata with guest performer Patrick Ayrton as part of their new programme, 'Bach's Workshop'. It has led improvisation workshops at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, at music academies in Katowice and Bydgoszcz, and at summer schools in Poland, Mexico and Brazil; it also organises monthly jam sessions for historical improvisation. In 2015 the ensemble will venture into early nineteenth-century improvisation practice with specialist Bert Mooiman.