La Vaghezza is a trio sonata ensemble playing music from the 17th and early 18th Centuries, with a special interest in the unpredictability, extravagance, originality and freedom found in 17th Century Italian music. Their musical interpretations are historically informed, but always guided foremost by their common sensibility as an ensemble and their search for ‘La Vaghezza’, an aesthetic concept which describes a beauty impossible to understand or grasp: like smoke, something calling to be touched yet remaining intangible.
Since their founding in 2016, they have performed in Europe’s most esteemed early music festivals and concert series such as Utrecht Early Music Festival, Bruges MA Festival, Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Gottingen Handel Festspiele, Ambronay Festival, Innsbruck Festival, Buxton Festival, Festival MiTo, Auditorium de Lyon, Cité de la Voix Vezelay, Thessaloniki Baroque Festival, Società Aquilana Barattelli. Upcoming highlights include concerts at the Valletta International Festival, Festival de Musica Antigua Sevilla, and York Early Music Festival. They were the first group to win all three prizes at the prestigious Handel Gottingen Competition (2018) and were awarded first prize in the Maurizio Pratola International Competition (2016).
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.
The members of La Vaghezza are all highly sought after instrumentalists in their own right, working with internationally renowned artists in the world’s most celebrated concert halls. The five musicians all take an equal role in directing the group musically, and the two violins play first and second violins interchangeably.
La Vaghezza entered the EEEMERGING+ programme in 2017. They are still supported in 2020 and will release a CD within the Ambronay Editions label in March 2021.
Ignacio Ramal, Mayah Kadish violins
Gianluca Geremia lute
Anastasia Baraviera cello
Marco Crosetto harpsichord