Founded in 2020 in Brussels, The WIG Society Chamber Music Ensemble is formed by pioneering musicians from across Europe, with the united endeavour to unearth, rediscover, and give life to lesser-known chamber and orchestral works from the age of enlightenment into the romanticism, alongside performing works by famous composers such as Mozart and Haydn.
The ensemble performs using period instruments, and looks deeply into historical performance practice to shed light on rhetoric, humour, wit, emotion, and philosophy through the art and science of sound. Instead of establishing new norms and rules, The WIG Society wishes to revive the freshness of arrangements and liberty in choices made back in the late 18th century, in the attempt to achieve a different sort of ‘authenticity’ for early music which does not lie entirely in its ‘letter’ but, as they imagine, much more in its ‘spirit.’
The musicians have all come from an array of backgrounds, and have all trained at the finest Conservatoires in Europe and the UK, and share a diverse and professional careers as solo, chamber, and orchestral members with other prestigious ensembles, including The Academy of Ancient Music, Vox Luminis, Il Gardellino, Les Muffatti, Coro & Orchestra Ghislieri and many others. Amongst the various projects of this newly born ensemble, The WIG Society collaborates with the renowned Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits and his company Studio Thor in a production entitled ‘Summertime’ which has been touring in 2021 and will continue in 2022.
To finesse their season of projects, the ensemble will record their debut album ‘A Revolution of Sound. Flute Quartet from the Mannheim School’ in October 2022 in Pavia thanks to the support of Ghislieri College. Their CD will be launched in the spring 2023 under the prestigious Belgian producer Outhere Music and the Italian label Arcana. The ensemble has also been selected for ProPulse Classique 2022 in Flagey, Brussels.
- Matteo Gemolo traverso
- Conor Gricmanis violin
- Blanca Prieto viola
- Phyllis Bartholomeus cello
- Elias Bartholomeus double bass
- Lisa Schweiger harpsichord