Arte dei Suonatori

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Arte dei Suonatori Is a Baroque orchestra who has managed to capture the true essence of the Baroque era. The musicians have adopted not only the knowledge, but also the 18th century way of thinking about music. The ensemble was formed in Poznań (Poland) in 1993 by the violin players Ewa and Aureliusz Golinski, who gathered together a group of the most talented young Polish period-instrument performers. The core of the ensemble were originally Polish string and continuo players, but over the years the orchestra has become more international, featuring as regular members musicians from, among others, Germany, England, Holland, France and Ireland. Since 1998, the orchestra has initiated an extensive series of early music events which very quickly evolved to become „Early Music - Persona Grata”, a festival which is considered today to be an integral part of the Polish musical culture scene. In the course of years Arte dei Suonatori was also the co- creator and co- organiser of several other festivals. VIDEO:

Arion Trio

The Swiss Arion Trio was founded in 1985 by three friends who had been making music together in various formations for many years. Being well-known individually as soloists on their own instruments, the trio gained an international reputation through appearances at several festivals. Members: Ilse von Alpenheim, born in Innsbruck, Austria, piano; Igor Ozim, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, violin; Walter Grimmer, born in Switzerland, cello.

 VIDEO: Live concert, Gent 2014 The Arion Trio Mikhaël Bezverkhni: violin Sergio Agreda De Ro: viola Stefaan Bataille: Cello

Yggdrasil Quartet

The Yggdrasil Quartet emerged as one of the most exciting new string quartets in the 1990s and has become a champion of new quartet music in Europe. Its members, Frederick Paulsson and Per Öman (the violinists), Robert Westlund (viola), and Per Nyström (cello) studied at the same time at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. They went on to further studies with Hungarian composer György Kurtag, then in classes in interpretation with Norbert Brainin, the leader of the Amadeus Quartet. In 1990 the four officially announced themselves as a regular string quartet. They chose the name Yggdrasil, which is the name of the great ash tree at the center of much Nordic mythology. (In Wagner's Ring, it is this tree from which Wotan made his spear and ultimately cuts down and places around Valhalla in preparation for the final conflagration.) The Yggdrasil Quartet began by entering competitions and gained international notice when the won the London International String Quartet Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: The Yggdrasil Quartet is a world-class group of musicians from Sweden who demonstrate an astonishing technical command and an explosive, attacking style.

Paula Robison, flute

Paula Robison (born June 8, 1941) is a flutist and music teacher. Robison was recognized early as one of the great solo flutists of her generation, at a time when few if any had careers outside an orchestra. Her broad education, however, developed in the highly cultivated and morally conscious family environment she grew up in and in her training with outstanding teachers, has given her a passion for theater, dance, and all the arts, as well as a humanistic perspective on music and the instrument she plays. Ms. Robison puts this to work in her teaching and in her collaborative work with contemporary music groups like Argento New Music and in museum contexts. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Paula Robison, flute - "Voliere" from Carnival of the Animals 

Phantasm, quartet of viols


Phantasm, a quartet of viols founded in 1994, catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Since then, they have become recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.


VIDEO: BRQ Vantaa festival 2013. Phantasm: William Lawes - Sett in F a5 (Pavan)

Ensemble Schumann


 Pianist Sally Pinkas, viola player Steve Larson, and oboist Thomas Gallant have played the world’s finest concert hall separately; together they’re even better. Their debut recording features works by Loeffler, Klughardt, Schumann, and Kahn Pinkas is pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe Originally from Canada, Larson teaches at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford


VIDEO: Robert Schumann-Marchenerzahlungen, Op. 132 I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell performed by Ensemble Schumann



The Gryphon Trio is a Canadian classical music ensemble that has been nominated for several and has won two Juno Awards for its classical recordings released by the Analekta label. Its members are Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), Roman Borys (cello) and Jamie Parker (piano).     WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Antonin Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 "Dumky" Lento maestoso/Allegro vivace, quasi doppio movimento 

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata

The Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18 was written by Richard Strauss between 1887-1888. Although not considered a milestone in violin literature, it is frequently performed and recorded. It is often noted for its lyrical beauty and its technical demands made on both violinist and pianist. Strauss had just met his future wife Pauline de Ahna when he embarked on writing his sonata in 1887, and this movement seems imbued with serenity and tenderness. It's taken from a new recording on Onyx Classics of sonatas by Franck and Strauss, featuring regular duo partners violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong. 'Ehnes and Armstrong make the slow movement the work's emotional heart, capturing its Mendelssohnian wistfulness to perfection,' writes Julian Haylock. The Improvisation: Andante cantabile middle movement of Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata has been added to the playlist of Music For A Small Room on Internet radio stream WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Richard Strauss : Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op.18 Ginette Neveu (Violin)