Four young musicians unify their sounds in Amaconsort, inspired by the centuries old tradition of performing great music in a domestic setting, using their chosen instruments in a creative manner. Bringing a variety of instrumentation, they not only provide a fresh take on known repertoire, but also introduce the public to the unknown. The lively spirit of the performance is emblazoned with freedom and spontaneity.

Amaconsort has recently been honored with the 1st prize of the International Van Wassenaer Competition 2021. Furthermore, the group was awarded with the Bavarian Radio special prize in the renowned competition Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in 2019. During the same year in May, they were selected as ensemble in residence at the Palace Rheinsberg, and invited to give concerts regularly during 2019 and 2020. They also received the 2018 Fringe Audience Award in the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht.

Lea Sobbe (recorders), Lena Rademann (baroque violin), Martin Jantzen (baroque cello/viola da gamba) and Halldór Bjarki Arnarson (harpsichord/organ) are internationally active musicians und award winners in diverse competitions. The musicians have all studied at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

…..Photos ©Benedek Horváth

Sonorità is an ensemble focused on music from the 17th and 18th century.  Its name, derived from the Italian word for sonorousness, points to the origins of the ensemble; in 2016, four  young musicians from four different countries and cultures came together in an effort to bring a rich, colorful sound to the public. All members of the ensemble are current or former students of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, the international reference for Early music.

Sonorità’s music has been well received in concerts performed in  Switzerland, Germany and France. The ensemble’s sound is not only acclaimed by the public, but also by academic jurors, which awarded the team in an internal competition from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis  (Vier Jahreszeiten FHNW). More recently, Sonorità won the Audience Award and the Second Prize at the Biagio Marini Competition 2018 and the 1st prize in the 40th Music Competition of the International Lyceum Club of Switzerland, Lausanne Switzerland, in October 2018.

The ensemble specializes not only in music from the 17th and 18th century, but also in contemporary music and improvisation. The whole team is dedicated to sharing their unique musical interpretation of each genre, and strives to make the audience vibrate in syntony with the music in every concert.

Echo Temporis Consort

As an Ensemble specialized on the music between the late 15th and early 17th
century, Echo Temporis Consort was founded in 2017 by the four recorder players
Clément Gester, Noemi Müller, Charlotte Schneider and Lea Sobbe, who met during
their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Exploring the vocal and
instrumental Renaissance repertoire, the young musicians’ aim is to feature the
immense variety of sound colours of this music with the possibilities offered by a
recorder consort. In consequence Echo Temporis Consort experiments with different
scorings to find colourful instrumentations, emphasizing the affect of each piece. The
groups’ approach to its musical repertoire is characterized by balancing the imitation
of vocal practice and the advantages of the possibilities a purely instrumental setting
offers. Echo Temporis was invited to perform in the Fringe of the Festival Oude
Muziek Utrecht and MA Brugge and regularly performs in concerts in Switzerland.
The group received coachings with Katharina Bopp, Susanna Borsch, Peter van
Heyghen, Jan Van Hoecke, Pedro Memelsdorff, Conrad Steinmann and Han Tol.
For their next project, Echo Temporis Consort wants to invite the spectator to the
cosy, stimulating, private atmosphere of 16th-century academies, or ridotti. Therefore
the group invited four other musicians and singers to join the musical setting and will
be performing together with Halldór Bjarki Arnarson (virginal), Giovanna Baviera
(voice and gamba), Mathilde Gomas (gamba) and Rui Stähelin (voice and lute).

…….Photo © Delia Ebi…….