La Vaghezza is an international ensemble specializing in the historically informed performance of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The five musicians originate from three different continents, and now live in the UK, Italy, Austria and France.
In 2016, the year La Vaghezza was formed, they were awarded first prize in the ‘Maurizio Pratola International Competition’, performed in the Brugge and Utrecht early music festivals amongst others, and were chosen as an Emerging European Ensemble on the EEEmerging scheme, supported by partners across Europe.
In 2017 they were awarded the EEEmerging ensemble audience prize and gave sold out performances in esteemed festivals such as Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Paviabarocca Festival, and the Biennale del Mediterraneo in Palermo, Grandezze e Meraviglie Modena, Gaudete Festival in Piedmont and Società Aquilana Barattelli.
In 2018 they became the first group to be awarded all three prizes at the Haendel Göttingen Competiton – the Barenreiter prize, the Audience Prize and the Haendel Göttingen Competition prize, in connection to which they were broadcast live in concert on NDR Radio, Germany. Highlights of the coming year include performances in the Festival d’Ambronay, Cité de la Voix, Auditorium de Lyon and Fondazione Pietà dei Turchini in Naples.
The members of La Vaghezza are all highly sought after instrumentalists in their own right, working closely with artists such as Alfredo Bernardini, Enrico Onofri, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, Amandine Bayer, and with ensembles such as Il Pomo d’Oro, Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Modo Antiquo, Les Arts Florissants, Zefiro.
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 that will see the released of a CD within the eeemerging collection of Ambronay Editions label.
Alfia Bakieva violin
Mayah Kadish violin
Gianluca Geremia lute
Anastasia Baraviera cello
Marco Crosetto harpsichord