The ensemble Concerto Scirocco, founded in June 2009, is dedicated to historically informed performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. The group members are young talented artists who met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. This eclectic ensemble of early instruments is united by a common enthusiasm for the music of the renaissance, of the early baroque and of the baroque Era, and seeks to combine personal creativity with an awareness of historical performance practices garnered through experience of the world of early music.
The diversity and the flexibility of the ensemble allows for performance of both earlier and later music, from fifteenth-century alta capella to high Baroque. There is also scope to expand the core ensemble to involve other instrumentalists and singers to meet the demands of different repertoire, and also for core ensemble members to double on related instruments in keeping with the practice of multi-instrumentalists of the age. Concerto Scirocco considers this flexibility to be of great importance in understanding the development of early music throughout the centuries.
Concerto Scirocco was invited to perform in various renowned Festivals such as: Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, Festival Cantar di Pietre Ticino, Davos Festival Young Artists in Concert, Musiksommer am Zürichsee in Bubikon by Zürich, Festival Altstadt Serenaden Basel, Konzertreihe Midi Musique at the Theater Basel, LAC Lugano Arte Cultura Concert Hall, Les Concerts de l’ADMA in Fribourg, Festival di Musica Antica in Magnano, Italy, Fabulous Fringe Festival in Utrecht, Holland, Festival Alte Musik Live in Berlin, Festival Freunde Alter Musik Basel, La Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens Genève, Les Concerts de Romainmôtier, Festival AMIA Alsace, Festival La Folia Rougemont, Festival Les Riches Heures de Valère Sion, Festtage Alte Musik Basel, CaronAntica Festival, Festival I Concerti delle Camelie Locarno, Festival Misteria Paschalia Krakow, Kammermusik Konzert Theater Bern, Concerti d’Organo Venezia. Concerto Scirocco was broadcasted live for RSR Espace 2, Radio Svizzera Italiana Rete 2 and Concertzender.nl.
The first CD of Concerto Scirocco, in collaboration with the vocal ensemble Voces Suaves, is dedicated to the work of venetian composer Giovanni Croce and was released by the label ARCANA/Outhere Music. The CD was rated 5 diapason from Diapason Magazine, 5 stars from MUSICA Magazine and was nominated for the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2018” in the category “early music”.
The second CD “Lux Aeterna – ein Salzburger Requiem”, released as well for Arcana/Outhere Music and recorded in collaboration with the vocal ensemble Voces Suaves, has been also nominated for the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2019” , was awarded the “Diapason Découverte” from DIAPASON Magazine as well as the “CHOC du mois” by CLASSICA Magazine, in april 2020.
The third recording of Concerto Scirocco, dedicated to the rediscovery of the venetian composer Giovanni Picchi and his “Canzoni da Sonar per ogni sorte d’Istromenti”, released by ARCANA/Outhere Music, was also nominated for the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2020” in the category “early music”, reviewed by BBC, France Musique, BR Klassik, SRF, nominated “disc of the months” in december 2020 by Rete Due, editor’s Choice in September 2020 by “The Classic Review” and and awarded 5 Stars from MUSICA Magazine.
In 2021, Concerto Scirocco was one of the 4 winners of the “Kulturplatz” competition by SRF Schweizer Radio Fernsehen, selected among more than 60 cultural projects from Switzerland. A detailed reportage about the ensemble was filmed at the prestigious StadtCasino Basel.
Photo @Lionello Genini