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The Ensemble

Der musikalische Garten - Ensemble für Alte Musik
Foto: Susanna Drescher

The musicians of the ensemble Der musikalische Garten are current and graduated students of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and have met in Basel.

The ensemble engages intensively in the German music of the 17th century, especially in the scordatura repertoire, of which most important representatives are H.I.F. Biber, Joh.H. Schmelzer or J. Pachelbel. However, the ensemble is always searching for new, rarely or never performed scordatura repertoire.
The term scordatura involves changing the tuning of the instrument to fully explore the technical and tonal possibilities. In doing so the members of Der musikalische Garten feel challenged to overcome standards and clichés. They unite an enormous variety of sounds and rhetorical possibilities with technical virtuosity and a profound knowledge of the historical modes of playing.

The musicians of the ensemble Der musikalische Garten come from Spain and Germany and also participate in other well-known ensembles such as la Cetra, Gli Incogniti, Concerto Soave, Capriccio Barockorchester, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Cappella Gabetta.

Der musikalische Garten was selected "Promising Ensemble 2011" by the IYAP Antwerpen and won the 2nd prize and the audience`s prize of the international competition "Van Wassenaer" in Amsterdam 2011 (with Josep María Martí Duran). Furthermore the ensemble took part in the "Young Artist Residency Programme" in Ambronay 2012. In April 2013, the ensemble won the 1st prize and the audience's prize of the competition "Förderpreis Alte Musik des Saarländischen Rundfunks" (SR Radio, Germany) and the Biber prize of the international H.I.F. Biber Competition (Austria). In July 2013 the Ensemble won the first European Union Baroque Orchestra Development Prize of the York Early Music International Young Artist Competition (UK).

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