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BarrocoTout

Duo Seneca

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Ensemble Molière

Fieri Consort

Il Botto Forte

Le Palais des Songes

Les Contre-Sujets

Rumorum

The Counterpoints
BARROCOTOUT (Belgium)
Carlota Garcia flute
Izana Soria violin
Edouard Catalan cello
Ganael Schneider harpsichord

BarrocoTout takes its name from a sketch on the Spanish comedy show Muchachada Nui: 'Barroco Tú' ('Baroque yourself'). The group was formed in 2013 in Brussels, bringing together four musicians specialising in historically informed performance practices. The aim was to explore work written for this formation by well-known composers but also to discover other composers who have fallen into oblivion. The group creates cross-genre productions and programmes with a story, where music and other arts are combined, and benefits from the diverse backgrounds and personalities of the players. In 2015 it was selected for the eeemerging (Emerging European Ensembles) project for two years, leading to performances in Festival d'Ambronay (France), Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe (Netherlands), Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen (Germany), Festival Musiq'3 (Belgium), Abbaye musicale de Malonne (Belgium) and Riga Early Music Centre (Latvia). In 2016 the group won the Fringe audience award at Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Sinfonietta Competition.
www.barrocotout.com 


DUO SENECA (Spain)
Candela Gomez Bonet, Clara Rada Gomez cellos

Duo Seneca is made up of two friends, Candela Gomez Bonet and Clara Rada Gomez, who first met at the age of 11 when they studied at the same music conservatory in Madrid. Ten years later their lives came together again when they decided to develop their  music studies abroad, taking part in the cello class of Roel Dieltiens in Zürich. Their love of the sound of gut strings brought them into the world of the historical informed performance and at the same time their friendship led to the creation of Duo Seneca. They have received lessons from Werner Matze, Christophe Coin and Petr Skalka at the Institute für Alte Musik in Trossingen (Germany) and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), and they have performed in several countries of Europe.


ENSEMBLE AGAMEMNON (France)
Anaëlle Blanc-Verdin violin
François Cardey cornett
Arnaud Brétécher sackbut
Lucile Tessier bassoon
Kazuya Gunji harpsichord, organ

Ensemble Agamemnon was created in 2013 by young musicians moved by the same desire to discover and enhance the repertoire of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Italy and in the Holy Roman Empire. Aided by vigilant research of colour and sound, the group seeks to shed light on forgotten chefs d'oeuvre; it achieves this by playing the most accurate instruments and working from treatises on basso continuo, ornamentation and theory, all with the goal of recreating the most historical sound. The ensemble also consults musicologists and librarians in order to create diverse and interesting programmes, and works alongside young composers, stage directors and choreographers to explore the vast possibilities of contemporary creation and different forms of stage spectacle for the audiences of early music.
www.ensemble-agamemnon.com


ENSEMBLE MOLIÈRE (UK)
Flavia Hirte flute
Ellen Bundy violin
Kate Conway viola da gamba
Jakab Kaufmann bassoon
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord

Ensemble Molière is a young early music group based in London. The unique combination of instruments allows it to create memorable programmes from the repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the French Baroque. The group has performed at a variety of venues, including the London Handel Festival Friends concert series, Styriarte Festival in Graz, MAfestival (Bruges) Fringe, Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe, as well as numerous venues in the UK. The ensemble also  participated in the Early Music Live! scheme at Brighton Early Music Festival in 2015, engaging in a wide range of activities, from concerts and mentoring through to outreach workshops. Most recently it has presented its new programme 'Medicine and Mortality' at Brighton Early Music Festival. Current engagements include a cross-art opera project Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau, a debut appearance at the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square as part of the 'Future Baroque' lunchtime concert series, and also the release of its EP Dance Sweets.
www.ensemblemoliere.com


FIERI CONSORT (UK)
Lucy Cox, Hannah Ely sopranos
Nancy Cole, Helen Charlston mezzo-sopranos
Tom Kelly, Josh Cooter tenors
David Maguire, Ben McKee basses

Fieri Consort was formed in 2012 and has since established a reputation for innovative and engaging performances of sixteenth and seventeenth Italian repertoire. Performing without a conductor, its interpretations are informed by its eight members, each of whom enjoy successful and varied careers as soloists and consort singers. Since being selected for the Early Music Live! scheme at Brighton Early Music Festival in 2014, and its first international tour to Australia in the same year, the group has become increasingly busy. This year it will release its first CD, Tears of a Lover, which was produced by John Rutter and features music by Monteverdi and Marenzio. The ensemble also returns to Australia for two weeks of workshops and performances in Sydney and Adelaide.
www.fiericonsort.co.uk


IL BOTTO FORTE (Switzerland)
Shai Kribus oboe, recorder
Giacomo Catana violin
Federico Toffano cello
Alexandra Koreneva harpsichord

Il Botto Forte was founded by oboist and recorder player Shai Kribus. In 2014 the group was selected for the first year of the eeemerging (Emerging European Ensembles) project hosted by the Centre culturel de rencontre d'Ambronay in France, and in 2016 it was a Selected Promising Ensemble at the International Young Artists Presentation at Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp. It has performed in a variety of venues across Europe, including at Festival d'Ambronay, Bucharest Baroque Week, Festtage Alte Musik Basel, the Telemann Institute in Magdeburg, Brunnenthaler Konzersommer, Music Spring at Dominicans in Prague, the Berlin Friedenau concert series, Bad Homburger Shlosskonzerte, Festival Resonanzen in Vienna, Musik Sommer Pustertal, and the Baroque Vivant concert series in Basel. The ensemble's first recording, Palpiti del Cuore, was dedicated to Italian baroque music; two further recordings are due for release this year.
www.ilbottoforte.com


LE PALAIS DES SONGES (France)
Cécile Madelin soprano
Paul-Antoine Benos countertenor
Nicolas Rosenfeld recorder, bassoon
Julie Petit viola da gamba
Jeanne Jourquin harpsichord

Le Palais des Songes is made up of young enthusiastic musicians who all studied in various prestigious conservatories across Europe. The ensemble presents both instrumental and vocal repertoire from a specific period in history: from the Elizabethan era to the reign of Louis XV. Its programmes focus on expressive instrumental works and on the voice in all its forms - sung and spoken; so that music, poetry, literature and theatre combine to give life to a musical tale, a dialogue or a historical narrative. Since its creation in 2014, the group has created three original programmes, which have been performed throughout France, including in Paris (Heures musicales du Temple, Festival Marin Marais and Temple de Pentémont) and in the south of France (Cathédrale de Bayonne, Festival Anacréon, Rencontre d'Orion, Les Moments Musicaux de Chalosse and Festival Entre Ciel et Terre).
http://le-palais-des-songes.wixsite.com


LES CONTRE-SUJETS (France)
Samuel Rotsztejn recorder
Koji Yoda violin
Maya Enokida violin, viola
Eric Tinkerhess viola da gamba
Takahisa Aida harpsichord 

Les Contre-Sujets presents performances that encourage original interaction with the audience and explore new concert formats. Formed in 2012 in Paris, the ensemble was a finalist at the Göttingen Haendel Competition in 2015 and at the Concours du Val de Loire, presided over by William Christie. It was selected by the eeemerging (Emerging European Ensembles) project for two years, and consequently held residencies in Ambronay in France, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Pavia in Italy, and York (at the NCEM). The group has also performed at the fringe concerts of the MAfestival (Bruges) and Utrecht Early Music Festival, played live on the radio at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and was elected Young Ensemble 2017 for the season of La Chapelle Corneille in Rouen (France), where their concert was awarded the Coup de Coeur by the audience. Recently it was selected by the Royaumont Foundation (France) to attend the 2017 Bach Brandenburg Concertos summer academy, involving musical training with internationally acclaimed musicians and musicologists. In 2018 the ensemble will be performing at Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta) and in Japan.
www.contresujets.fr


RUMORUM (Switzerland)
Grace Newcombe voice, harp
Ozan Karagöz voice, harp
Jacob Mariani gittern
Mara Winter flute
Félix Verry fiddle

Rumorum was initially created for the MA recital of director Grace Newcombe in 2015, bringing together friends who had met during their studies in medieval performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. The aim is to present not only well-known and loved medieval repertoires, but also historically informed new compositions and improvisations. The group was selected for the Laus Polyphoniae International Young Artists Presentation in 2015 (that year dubbed the International Petrus Alamire Lab), and was subsequently invited to perform - from memory - at AlbaNova Festival, MAfestival (Bruges) Fringe and Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe in one season. In the same year, Rumorum was a finalist in the St John's Smith Square Young Artists programme. Their concert map has so far taken them to France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and Switzerland. Recent performances have included a radio concert for the Tage Alter Musik in Herne 2016 (for which they were the opening concert of the festival), and they will perform at the Rencontres Internationales de Musique Médiévale du Thoronet later this month.
www.rumorum.com


THE COUNTERPOINTS (Netherlands)
Thomas Triesschijn recorders
Anna Jane Lester violin
Aljosja Geert Mietus harpsichord

The Counterpoints was created in 2011 when then students Thomas Triesschijn and Aljosja Mietus began playing together as a duo. The two have performed in several Dutch chamber music series and festivals and throughout Europe, sharing a special interest in the contrapuntal music of J.S. Bach and the interplay of their musical voices. By 2016 the duo began to think bigger. They envisioned a group with core members but flexibility in instrumentation, to explore an even wider range of repertoire and colours. They began to perform with cellist Petr Hamouz and violinist Anna Jane Lester in trio and quartet formations, and The Counterpoints was born. Bringing together the experience of recent graduates of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Juilliard School in New York and the University of the Arts in Utrecht, the group has since performed widely in the Netherlands, including at the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht 2016 of Janine Jansen. In October 2016 it made its first recording, a series of short videos.
www.thecounterpoints.nl