12 Years of music together Bach, Vivaldi, Matteis, Couperin,
Haydn, Rosenmuller,
Goldberg, Weiss...

BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 2006, Gli Incogniti is renown as one of the world reference ensembles regarding the baroque interpretation

Founded in 2006 by Amandine Beyer, the Ensemble owes its name to the Accademia degli Incogniti which is one on the most active and libertarian artistic and academic circle of the XVIIth century in Venice. From this period, the group inherited the spirit, the taste for the unknown in all its forms through the experiment of sounds, the research of repertoire but also the rediscovery of great "classics" and unknown pieces.

The Incogniti feel a real pleasure to work and perform together. They convey this passion through their twelve albums, released with Zig-Zag Territoires/Outhere Music and Harmonia Mundi labels and that received unanimous awards.

France, Colombia, Belgium, Japan, United States, Spain, China, Germany, Italy, Romania... are some of the countries where Gli Incogniti performed in the past years.

Gli Incogniti is regularly invited by numerous concert halls and festivals in France (Philharmonie de Paris, Festivals de Saintes, Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Sablé, Ile-de-France, Fondation Royaumont, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre des Quatre Saisons de Gradignan, Théâtre de la Coupe d’Or de Rochefort, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre de Cornouaille, Auditorium du Louvre, La Coursive, Opéra de Bordeaux, Dijon, Rouen…) as well as at the international level (Wigmore Hall of London, Boston Festival in USA, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Printemps des Arts in Montecarlo, Luxembourg Philharmonic, BOZAR Brussels, Handelbeurs of Gent, Festival Via Stellae in Spain, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg in Germany, MA Festival Brugge, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Bergen International Festival in Norway...).
In 2019, Gli Incogniti will make its debuts at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and at Essen Philarmonic in Germany.

The Ensemble collaborate with great soloists as Giuliano Carmignola, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Alexeï Lubimov, Hans-Jörg Mammel or Kristian Bezuidenhout.

New repertoires and large projects, new residency and collaborations, the 2018-2019 Season will be full of discoveries!

After eleven years of exploration of the more or less well-known baroque repertoire (from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Matteis’ violin pieces), Gli Incogniti starts to show an interest for pre-classic and classic repertoire. In 2017, the Ensemble invites the fortepianist Alexei Lubimov and Kristian Bezuidenhout for a programme dedicated to C.P.E. Bach’s Symphonies and Haydn’s Concertos. The Ensemble will continue this exploration in 2018 with its new album dedicated to Haydn’s violin and cello Concertos that will be released on October 26th with Harmonia Mundi.

The year 2018 marks also the beginning of a large-scale collaboration with ROSAS, the company of the Belgium dancer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and the B’Rock Orchestra, on J.S. Bach’s Six Finally, after having been associated with the Théâtre des Quatre Saisons in Gradignan during four years, Gli Incogniti starts in 2018 a new residency at the Théâtre de La Coursive in La Rochelle. Since 2017, the Ensemble also organizes its own music chamber and body work Académie for young music baroque ensembles, students or young professionals. The Ensemble is supported by the DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine since 2013.


Are there still revelations to be heard in new Vivaldi concerto recordings? There certainly are in this dazzling, extrovert collection of concertos all for two violins – like a tennis match in music, the two protagonists toss figures, rhythms and phrases across the net with ever-increasing excitement and intensity. [...]Giuliano Carmignola and Amandine Beyer match perfectly. A winner.
Nicholas Kenyon The Guardian
Unknowns

Meet the musicians who play with Gli Incogniti!

Photo F. Sechet
Violin & musical direction
Founder of Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer is shining with a solar energy that she engages in all the projects she carries: from her “all-around-the-world” tours to her classes at the Schola Cantorum of Basel, from concerts with Gli Incogniti to meetings with disadvantaged audience… It’s with happiness and passion that she joins each time the Incogniti and leads the Ensemble on new ways like dance, pre-classic repertoire or a simple… forest walk! [+]
Photo C. Honorato
Harphsichord / Organ
Her dexterity on the harpsichord keyboard is matched only by her interpretation of a great precision and musicality! Part of the Ensemble from the beginning, she delights the group with her unexpected jokes, always elegant with sometimes a “piccola birra” in the hand [+]
Photo H. Zemanova
Violoncello
Marco Ceccato is the historical cellist (and official tester of Italian restaurants all around the world) of Gli Incogniti! Fitted with his Italian impetuosity and his French a bit approximate (between Spanish and Italian), Marco lends his rigour, talent and musicality alternately to concertos of Vivaldi and Haydn, to symphonies of Richter and CPE Bach. A bit grumpy? We would not change him for anything in the world!! [+]
Photo H. Zemanova
Viola / Violin
Marta Páramo is an artist full of life! She is a concentrate of energy (expect occasionally on the morning, when it’s time to get up…) and it contrasts with the tenderness of the sounds that originate from its viola. Colombian from head to toe, she delights Gli Incogniti with her good mood and her South-American vocabulary. Please note that she has a soft spot for permaculture, salsa and train ticket changes! [+]
Photo Alba Roca
Violin
It is said that Alba Roca (or “Al Barocca”) also has her fan club… Violinist of excellence, it’s also a great dancer, singer and actress! She doesn’t hesitate to occupy the dance floor and to use her qualities of comedian to tell funny stories, for the huge pleasure of all the Incogniti. [+]
Photo Flavio Losco
Violin
Flavio Losco is also a founding member and a rock of Gli Incogniti. His Sicilian charm, his Breton wisdom and his enthusiasm from Nice represent his diversified and multiple origins! Hand on heart and still ready to help, he also has a precision and a dexterity without comparison when he pieces of Vivaldi, Haydn or Corelli with his violin. [+]
Photo Domitille Gilon
Violin
After complete her studies on “classical” violin, Domitille Gilon turned towards baroque violin and then crossed the path of the Incogniti. Immediately they adopted her good mood and her smile! Domitille also has an obvious passion for pairs of shoes, hats, glasses and other accessories… [+]
<Photo Fuco Reyes
Viola de gamba / Violone
Founding member of the Ensemble, Baldomero Barciela alias “Baldo” is not only a remarkable musician and a talented performer but also a travel magician, a genius of alternative routes, an artist of logistic! [+]
Photo YOko Kawakubo
Violin
Yoko is the Ensemble’s small treasure, coming straight from Japan. Arrived in Lyon ten years ago to study the violin, without speaking a word of French, she brings to Gli Incogniti her kindness, her talent and her tenacity! By the way, she allowed the Ensemble to go to her native country for a tour in 2014. Discreet and concerned by others, she always has a special attention for everyone. Let us assure you, it’s a real treasure! {+]
Photo Ottavia Rausa
Viola
Ottavia Rausa has been declared, by her Incogniti colleagues, as the queen of the elegance! Expert in colorful clothes and hairstyle, she inspects the troops and their light vesture before each concert. Talented violist and performer, Ottavia has an energy, a dedication and a passion for music that brighten and embellish each member of the group. [+]
Photo Rebeca Ferri
Violoncello
Rebeca Ferri is a hypersensitive musician whose sensibility appears in each of her interpretations, in her cello play and is her gesture. Animated by the music, she delights Gli Incogniti with her presence, her kindness and her pictures… Because Rebeca is also an international famous music blogger (!!!). Indeed every day, she posts pictures of the amazing places in which she is performing, all around the world! [+]
Photo Helena Zemanova
Violin
If it’s not an easy task to find pictures of Helena Zemanova in the Gli Incogniti’s archive, it’s because often she is behind the camera! She offers us beautiful photos of the musicians, always true and poetic. [+]
Photo Manuel Granatiero
Traverso
Manuel Granatiero is the only flutist of Gli Incogniti! By the way, he is the only official wind instrument player of the Ensemble… Coincidence? I don’t think so! Behind his apparent shyness are hidden an incomparable kindness and gentleness that he transmits by his presence and the sounds of his traverso. [+]
Photo Violaine Cochard
Clavecín
Violaine Cochard is characterized by a huge smile and a joy of life that she communicates to all the Incogniti. Laugh is never far away in rehearsals even if the seriousness and concentration are (normally…) more present during the concert! [+]
Photo H. Zemanova
Tiorba / Guitarra
Charming and courteous, chic in all situations (even on the beach), Francesco Romano is pure elegance, accompanied with an extreme kindness and “spiced” with a subtle dose of humor. He is the official and historical theorbist of Gli Incogniti! [+]