• Period & Chamber
  • Ensemble Pygmalion

    Founded by Raphaël Pichon in 2006, Pygmalion is the product of the union between a choir and a period-instrument orchestra. Its repertory is nurtured by the filiations that link Bach to Mendelssohn, Schütz to Brahms, and Rameau to Gluck and Berlioz.

    Pygmalion is in residence at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and appears regularly at the leading venues in France (Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Aix-en-Provence, Beaune, Toulouse, Saint-Denis, La Chaise-Dieu, Royaumont, Nancy) and internationally (Cologne, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Barcelona, Brussels).

    Among its recent projects to have earned public and critical attention are J. S. Bach’s Köthener Trauermusik and Passions, the late versions of Rameau’s tragédies lyriques, Mozart’s C minor Mass and a programme of his music for the Weber sisters, Stravaganza d’Amore (the birth of opera at the court of the Medici), Mendelssohn’s Elias, and a choral trilogy devoted to the canon from the Romantic era to the twentieth century.

    Pygmalion works with stage directors such as Katie Mitchell, Michel Fau and Jetske Mijnssen, who have brought an innovative approach to works including the Bach cantatas (Trauernacht), Rameau’s Dardanus and Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo.

    After releasing the complete Missae breves of Bach and a version of Dardanus for Alpha, Pygmalion has recorded for harmonia mundi since 2014, a collaboration that has so far produced Bach’s Köthener Trauermusik, Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, Rheinmädchen, a new version of Dardanus, Rossi’s Orfeo (both on DVD), and the present release, Stravaganza d’Amore. Also released recently was Mozart and the Weber Sisters with Sabine Devieilhe (Erato).

    The ensemble’s discography has received prizes in France and abroad, including a Gramophone Award 2016, CD des Monats (Opernwelt), Diapason d’Or de l’Année, Choc de Classica, ffff de Télérama, a Victoire de la Musique 2015, an Edison Klassiek Award 2016, a Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for 2016, and Best Classical Recording 2016 on Forbes.

  • Period & Chamber
  • Europa Galante

    Europa Galante, led by the renowned violinist and director Fabio Biondi, is one of the most loved baroque ensembles in the world. Based in Parma, the group’s repertoire ranges from the operas of Handel and Vivaldi and the oratorios of Alessandro Scarlatti, to the great instrumental works of the 19th century. They have a close collaboration with the Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Rome to find and restore 18th century Italian operas.

    Askonas Holt first worked with the ensemble in 2000, when they performed at the BBC Proms with the tenor Ian Bostridge. Since then, Askonas Holt has toured the group around the world in concert and opera performances. They have performed in North, Central and South America including at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. In the UK, Askonas Holt has brought them regularly to the Barbican Centre and elsewhere, and tours to Europe have included visits to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lisbon Gulbenkian, Bergen Festival, the Azores and Istanbul. Askonas Holt has also toured Europa Galante several times to Asia, and as far as Australia and New Zealand.

  • Period & Chamber
  • Il pomo d’oro

    Founded in 2012 by Gesine Lübben and Giulio d’Alessio, the ensemble Il pomo d’oro unites some of the best young musicians for authentic interpretation on period instruments. They form an ensemble of outstanding quality, combining stylistic knowledge, highest technical skills, and artistic enthusiasm.

    Il pomo d’oro currently has two chief conductors: the Italian Riccardo Minasi, who is also a violin soloist, curator of musical editions and a highly sought after teacher of historically informed interpretation, and the young Russian Maxim Emelyanychev, who is also a harpsichord-, fortepiano- and cornetto soloist.

    Il pomo d’oro is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and theatres, such as the Théâtre Royal in Versailles, Wigmore Hall, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and hosts its own concert season in Venice in collaboration with the Venetian Centre for Baroque Music.

  • Period & Chamber
  • Le Concert d’Astrée

    Music & Artistic Director: Emmanuelle Haïm

    Le Concert d’Astrée, directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, is an instrumental and vocal ensemble dedicated to Baroque music, founded in 2000 by Emmanuelle Haïm. In 2003, it was awarded the Victoire de la Musique Classique for the best classical music ensemble of the year, and in 2008, it was named Alte Musik Ensemble of the year at the Echo Deutscher Musikpreis awards in Germany.

    Le Concert d’Astrée has been in residence at the Opéra de Lille since 2004, where it has earned a name for itself in a wide variety of staged productions. Recently, these have included a revival of Xerse by Cavalli and Lully (Opéra de Lille, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre de Caen), Mitridate by Mozart (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Dijon), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno by Handel (Festival International d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen) and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Dijon).

    The ensemble undertakes a large number of international tours featuring 17th and 18th century music, with leading soloists including Anne Sofie von Otter, Laurent Naouri, Patricia Petibon, Christopher Purves, Nahuel Di Pierro, Magdalena Kožená, Sandrine Piaux and Christophe Dumaux.

    Askonas Holt first collaborated with Le Concert d’Astrée in June 2015, touring France, Czech Republic and Istanbul with Magdalena Kožená. A second tour in December 2016 saw the ensemble tour once again with Magdalena, with performances in France. Askonas Holt and Le Concert d’Astrée will continue their collaboration with a tour of Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Spain in February 2018.