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Founded in Cremona in 2004 by Stefano Molardi and Jonathan Guyonnet, the baroque ensemble I Virtuosi delle Muse immediately received international recognition for its inventive and personal use of original instruments and its adherence to historical performance practices.
The ensemble stands out for the rigor and the sensibility of its approach, and performs Italian and German music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with an ensemble that can vary from three to more than forty musicians, depending on the repertoire. The ensemble actively performs throughout Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, The Netherlands, Hungary, and Switzerland.
Particularly well suited to theatre music, I Virtuosi have performed in many opera productions including Luchesi's Ademira in Bibbiena (2006) and Porpora's Mitridate in Valladolid (2007) both directed by Massimo Gasparon.
Recent performances of Bach's Matthäus Passion and Magnificat were highly acclaimed successes. They are regularly invited to perform at major venues and Baroque festivals such as Festival Claudio Monteverdi (Cremona), Schwetzinger Festspiele, Munich's Prinzregententheater, Theater an der Wien (Vienna), Oldenburger Promenade, Rheingau Musik Festival, Opéra de Nantes, and Opéra d'Orléans.
I Virtuosi's recordings have been honored with Five-Star ratings from Goldberg, The Crescendo Prize, Early Music Magazine and Musica. The ensemble has also been recognized by organizations promoting classical Italian violin making in collaboration with the Associazione Liutaria Italiana.
The need to 'renew' the interpretive research in baroque music motivates and guides I Virtuosi delle Muse. Constant and accurate philological inquiry does not limit their scope. Rather, the style and the sensitivity of this extraordinary ensemble gives life to new and original interpretations.
VDM was founded by Stefano Molardi and Jonathan Guyonnet who direct the group's artistic synergies. The careful and rigorous study of the music is concretized into colors, articulations, and dynamics.
Only baroque set ups are used, strings are in natural gut, and bows are appropriate to the music performed. These details allow a greater dynamic range, disproving the common notion that baroque instruments produce less sound, and result in a rich and varied musical palette, enhancing the interpretation and the emotional expression of the music.
The marked sensitivity to shades of timbre and dynamics characterizes the unique sound of I Virtuosi delle Muse. The continuous and refined search for spectral musical expressions of color makes this ensemble an entirely new model of imaginative interpretive rigor on the international musical scene.
With its first CD release of Opera Symphonies by Vivaldi for Divox Antiqua, I Virtuosi delle Muse gained international recognition for their interpretations, innovative approach and their careful and unrelenting search for the ideal sound. The meticulous instrumental studies of historical strings and bow usage by concertmaster Jonathan Guyonnet assure nuanced musical reproduction.
I Virtuosi delle Muse faithfully pursue interpretations that offer a wide range of dramatic contrasts reflecting the change and conflict present in human emotions. In their four years together as an ensemble, I Virtuosi delle Muse's performances have been referred to as graceful and rich in tonal colors, and passionate.
VDM's greatest strength lies in the perfect rapport among conductor, concertmaster and players. Fanart Banner