Combining historical instruments’ sweet sounds with rhetorically-minded performances, the Svapinga Consort brings together musicians with special passions for stylistic diversity, artistic self-reflection, and interpretive consistency. The ensemble’s innovative concert formats and unconventional programming bring four centuries of ensemble music (from the Renaissance to the early 20th century) to life for contemporary audiences.
The Svapinga Consort is led by Maria Raffaele (oboe) and Sofya Gandilyan (keyboard instruments). Amy Shen (violin) and Edouard Catalan (cello, basse de violon) are among the musicians who regularly collaborate with the ensemble according to the repertoires of its different concert programs. Since 2016, the Munich-based ensemble presents its own concert series and offers numerous educational outreach activities for younger audiences. Beyond its performances in its home city, the Svapinga Consort can be heard regularly in Germany and abroad, and in particular as part of collaborations with ensembles like InVocare Basel and the Freiburger Kammerchor.
The Svapinga Consort’s work includes a particular focus on German court music. From Orlando di Lasso’s Munich Hofkapelle in the 16th century to Pisendel’s famous Dresden Court Orchestra, the courts of the German nobility constituted the continent’s artistic melting pots and attracted musicians from all over Europe. The members of the Svapinga Consort continue to explore and give new life to the repertoires, instruments, and instrumentations of these incredibly wide-ranging and still unfamiliar musical universes. The ensemble also devotes particular attention to the music of the seconda pratica around 1600 and 19th-century wind chamber music.
Amy Shen concertmaster
Luis Martínez Pueyo