Congratulations! The ensemble comes across with a really nice character: good sound, good rhythm, good intonation and, most important, a real humanity. - Trevor Pinnock
ARMONIOSA was founded in 2012 by the artistic and cultural activities experienced within the Diocesan Institute for Liturgy and Music of the Diocese of Asti, thanks to the ideas of the artistic team, Francesco and Stefano Cerrato, Marco Demaria and Daniele Ferretti. Armoniosa involved the great harpsichord player and basso continuo praxis expert, Michele Barchi, who is now a permanent part of the artistic team of the group.
The ensemble aims to be an excellence in the international panorama, and adopts a rigorous method of study and work concerning style and interpretation. The ensemble chose to use original instruments in order to have the best sound result and apply to a veritable interpretation, creating a job ”environment” based on the friendship between the members and the sharing of ideas and professional experience.
Armoniosa was invited by Reinhard Goebel for a collaboration and a superior course in the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), during the Academic Year 2013/2014. In September 2016 Trevor Pinnock worked with Armoniosa on the Händel, Concerti Grossi op.6 during a special Masterclass in Asti. These important meetings are a true “luggage” for the artistic growing of the Ensemble.
Armoniosa was invited to join the prestigious catalogue of the German record label MDG – Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm with Italian repertoire of the XVIII century. “La Stravaganza” op. 4 by Antonio Vivaldi (2015) had a dazzling debut and wonderful reviews from the most important international press, like Gramophone (UK), Fanfare Magazine (USA), Klassik.com (D).
In 2016 Armoniosa released the second production, the “TrioSonatas for violin, violoncello and continuo” by Giovanni Benedetto Platti, with very successfull reviews around Europe.
Since 2015 Armoniosa is represented by UHMM (Berlin) and E&S International (London). Since 2017 the ensemble is also represented by ContempoArs (Roma).
The press agency is ProClassics (Köln).