• 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.

  • Special Projects
  • In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

    “Perhaps my most personal project to date” is how American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato describes In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Her ambitions for this collection of arias from Baroque operas are substantial. Working with breakout early music sensation il pomo d’oro – a group of musicians who are among the best to be found worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments – Joyce’s aim is to steer conversation and discourse to help all of us find peace in our lives in a dynamic way.

    The programme comprises arias divided into two sections: ‘War’ and ‘Peace’. Both contain music by Purcell and Handel – including Dido’s dignified, but searing lament from Dido and Aeneas and Almirena’s haunting and heartbreaking ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo.

    Askonas Holt it delighted to be working with Joyce DiDonato, il pomo d’oro and their exciting young chief conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev, to bring this exploration of conflict and resolve to cities in Europe and North America.

    Dating from the early 17th century, Kabuki is one of Japan’s oldest and most spectacular art forms. Its performances are highly-stylized, with magnificent sets, flamboyant costumes, elaborate make up and live music played on traditional instruments.

    Askonas Holt has toured and presented Kabuki on several occasions, most recently with one of its greatest young stars, Ichikawa Ebizo XI, who possesses film-star looks and also the consumate skill required to perform both male and female (onnegata) roles. His first visit to London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2006 was hugely popular with audiences and critics alike; a success he has emulated in Paris, Amsterdam and Monte Carlo. In June 2010, Ebizo returned to London to perform extracts from the epic play “Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura”, including one of the most famous scenes in all of Kabuki, “Shi-no-Kiri”.

  • 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.