Concerto di Margherita
The ensemble Concerto di Margherita focuses on the historical practice of selfaccompanied singing: all five musicians sing and accompany themselves on theorbo, viol, baroque guitar, harp and lute. Thus, the sound of five voices and five instruments melt into one musical gesture, creating a dynamic and exciting soundscape.
Francesca Benetti, Giovanna Baviera, Tanja Vogrin, Ricardo Leitão Pedro and Rui Stähelin met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and founded the ensemble in 2014.
The ensemblesʼ main repertoire is Italian vocal and instrumental music of the late 16th century, with a focus on the works written for the self-accompanying musicians of the court of Ferrara.
Concerto di Margherita has been invited to perform in venues all around Europe including historical sites such as Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara and Villa “I Tatti” in Florence, Italy.
2018ʼs engagements include festivals Monteverdi, Trigonale, Sastamala and Ambronay.
The ensemble entered the European EEEmerging programme in 2017 and has been one of the four original ensembles to have been given a second year of residencies in 2018. It has been chosen for a third year of support in 2019.
Francesca Benetti theorbo
Tanja Vogrin harp
Giovanna Baviera viola da gamba
Rui Stähelin lute
Ricardo Leitão Pedro guitar