“Great joy in playing coupled with incredible musicality and a wealth of timbres”
This is how the jury of the 2019 Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen reasoned their decision to award the main prize of the Göttingen Händel Society to the Ensemble Caladrius. In addition to that, the young musicians also recieved the Audience Prize and the Bärenreiter Urtext Prize.
With its unusual formation – recorders, violone, various plucked string instruments and harpsichord – the ensemble has been selected to be part of the Eeemerging+ Programme and will perform in several festivals around Europe. In 2019 the Ensemble Caladrius also won a fellowship of the German Music Competition and the special prize of the Marie-Luise Imbusch Stiftung Luäbeck. The fellowship includes beeing part of the “german selection of young artists” in the season of 2020/21.
The four musicians from Catalonia, Germany and Italy met during the years they spent studying at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen. They share a common interest in unknown repertoire, which they rediscover together and bring back to life in its full colour. Often they arrange works especially for their distinctive setting and strive to open up their programmes to contemporary repertoire.
The caladrius is shown as a snow-white bird with healing powers in medieval bestiaries, a compendium of fantastic beasts. The ensemble hopes that their music will have a vitalising effect on
their public similar to that of the caladrius. Prof. Kristin von der Goltz, Prof. Christine Schornsheim and Prof. Maurice van Lieshout have been important figures for the development of this ensemble. The Ensemble Caladrius has been featured on radio productions with NDR Kultur, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Deutschlandfunk.
The ensemble was selected to join the 2020 EEEMERGING+ programme.
Sophia Schambeck recorders
Mariona Mateu Carles violone
Jacopo Sabina theorbo, lute and baroque guitar
Georg Staudacher organ and harpsichord