Sollazzo Ensemble was founded in 2014 in Basel and brings together musicians with a strong interest in late medieval and early renaissance repertoires. The ensemble is directed by fiddle player Anna Danilevskaia and benefits from the different musical backgrounds of its members: while some of them come from Early Music families, others have found their calling via modern classical music, theatre or even musical.
The members of Sollazzo have profited from studies in institutions renowned for their specialisation in Early Music such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the Esmuc in Barcelona and the CNSM in Paris, where the curriculum offered them diverse ways of approaching medieval repertoire and they enjoyed a constant stream of ideas and influences, before finding an autonomous path for the continuation of their work together.
In 2014 Sollazzo won Vier Jahreszeiten, an internal chamber music competition of the Schola Cantorum in cooperation with the foundation August Pickhardt, and was soon after selected for the young ensemble programme “eeemerging” (supported by Creative Europe), which gave them the opportunity to fully concentrate on musical matters during artistical residencies at the Abbey of Ambronay, the Collegio Ghislieri and the Seviqc Brežice Festival.
Apart of its concert activity, the ensemble has collaborated with the Italian Fondazione Franceschini (Florence) and Fondazione Cini (Venice), in the context of international seminars and symposiums bringing together musicologists, philologists and specialist on Italian medieval music.
In 2015 Sollazzo won the York Early Music International Young Artists Prize, as well as being rewarded by the public with the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize, and in addition to that won the Cambridge Early Music Prize.
Their first recording will be released in May 2017 under the label Linn Records.
Yukie Sato, soprano
Perrine Devillers, soprano
Vivien Simon, tenor
Sophia Danilevskaia, fiddle
Vincent Kibildis, harp
Anna Danilevskaia, fiddle and artistic direction
Sollazzo Ensemble is supported by
Firenze circa 1350
Music at the time of blossom of humanism
It is said that on a warm morning of the year 1389, in that Florentine garden which carried the byname “Il Paradiso”, Franceso degli Organi, famed for his virtuosity, accepted a challenge to silence the birds by the beauty of his organ-playing. This blind composer and multi-instrumentalist was known in the city not only for his musical prowess but also for his rhetorical abilities and philosophical views. A perfect representative of incipient humanism, Francesco, together with fellow composers such as Lorenzo da Firenze, Andrea Stefani and Giovanni da Firenze, was to bring the music of their time to its apogee.
Between 1350 and 1400, the city of Florence was the epicenter of a cultural blossoming which has influenced Italian culture until today: architecture and arts were undergoing an aesthetical changeover, the Tuscan dialect was elevated to a language of literature by poets like Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and the population of Florence became exceptionally cultivated and well-educated. More than two thirds of the male population were able to read and a new elite was born out of the blend of merchants with international trade-relations and the culturally curious middle class. The production of manuscripts, notably musical ones, increased suddenly, creating not only professionally crafted luxurious, highly ornate exemplars, but also so-called zibaldoni - personal notebooks, through which we can gain an intimate glance on the intellectual life in Florence at that time.
This concert presents the musical aspects of a fascinating chapter of European history. Through the exceptional virtuosity of its music, haunting melodies and both elegant and fiery writing
it envelopes the modern listener in the zeitgeist of medieval Florence.
6 to 8 musicians (with additional organ and medieval traverso)
Upcoming Concerts 2017
Aug 4 - RheinVokal, DE
Aug 11 - MAfestival Bruges, BE
Aug 13 - Fécamp, FR
Aug 25 - Laus Polyphoniae, BE
Aug 27 - Basler Festtage Alter Musik, CH
Sept 22 - Konstanz Festival Europäische Avantgarde um 1400, DE
Nov 1-7 Residency, Riga Early Music Center, LV
Nov 24-30 Nov - Residency, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, DE
Dec 2 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Maastricht, NL
Dec 3 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Amerongen, NL
Dec 4 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Rotterdam, NL
Dec 6 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Zeist, NL
Dec 7 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Westzaan, NL
Dec 8 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Deventer, NL
Dec 9 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Ammerzoden, NL
Dec 10 - Seizoen Oude Muziek, Bloemendaal, NL
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