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 after the artistic and cultural activities experienced within the Diocesan Institute for Liturgy and Music of the Diocese of Asti, thanks to the ideas of Francesco and Stefano Cerrato, Marco Demaria, Daniele Ferretti and Michele Barchi.
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 period instruments in order to have the best sound result and apply to a veritable interpretation.
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 is regularly invited by the best Festivals in Europe, and played concerts for the Mainzer Musik Sommer in Mainz (Germany, 2016), the Baltic Philharmonia Season in Gdansk (Poland, 2016), the Alte Musik live Festival in Berlin (Germany, 2017), the Thüringer Bachwochen in Eisenach (Germany, 2017), the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alte Musik in Innsbruck (Austria, 2017), the Casa dei Mezzo Festival in Makrigyalos (Greece, 2017), the Alba International Festival in Alba (Italy, 2016 and 2017), the Grandezze&Meraviglie Festival in Modena (Italy, 2015 and 2017).
La Stravaganza op.4 by Antonio Vivaldi (2015), first international release by Armoniosa and the German label MDG had a dazzling debut and wonderful reviews from the most important international press, like Gramophone (UK), Fanfare Magazine (USA), Klassik.com (D).
Armoniosa then released the Six TrioSonatas for violin, violoncello and continuo by Giovanni Benedetto Platti (2016), with successfull reviews around Europe.
Armoniosa is releasing in Autumn 2017 the Six Sonatas op.3 for violoncello and continuo by Carlo Graziani with the English label Rubicon Classics.
Since 2015 Armoniosa is represented by U.H.M.M. (Berlin) and E&S International (London). Since 2017 the ensemble is also represented by ContempoArs (Roma).