Founded in 2006 The group now ranks among the top reference ensembles for historically informed performance
Gli Incogniti was founded in 2006 by a group of friends, brought together by the violinist Amandine Beyer. It is named after the Accademia degli Incogniti, an artistic and academic circle that was amongst the most active and libertarian of 17th century Venice. The spirit of this Accademia is indeed what drives the Incogniti today: a taste for the unknown in all its forms, for sound experimentation, research for new repertoire, for rediscovery of the “classics” and of lesser-known masterpieces.
The genuine pleasure they take in rehearsing and playing together meets their core ambition – to transmit a committed and coherent vision of the pieces they perform, connected to their combined sensitivities and personal preferences. The group now ranks among the top reference ensembles for historically informed performance, exploring a repertoire from baroque (Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel) to classic with Haydn, CPE Bach or even Mozart.
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 to perform in major venues, in France and abroad: Philharmonie de Paris (FR), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (FR), the opera houses of Bordeaux, Dijon or Rouen (FR), the Wigmore Hall (UK), the Oji Hall in Tokyo (JP), the Philharmonie du Luxembourg (LU), BOZAR in Brussels (BE), Philharmonie Essen (DE), Oude Muziek Utrecht (NL), Royaumont Foundation, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de la Ville (FR)... It also performs on the stages of major festivals, among which Boston Festival (US), Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo festival (MC), MA Festival Brugge (BE), International Bergen Festival (NO), Festival de Torroella (ES), the festivals of Saintes, Montpellier, Sablé (FR)…
The ensemble regularly collaborates with renowned soloists such as Giuliano Carmignola, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Andreas Staier, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Alexeï Lubimov, Hans-Jörg Mammel…
Among the fifteen albums the ensemble has recorded, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Zig-Zag Territoires/Outhere), Il Teatro alla Moda (Vivaldi – harmonia mundi) and its last album Beyond the limits (CPE Bach – harmonia mundi) have drawn considerable attention. Their new recording, dedicated to unknown and whimsical concertos by Vivaldi, will be released in autumn 2022 at harmonia mundi. The ensemble’s entire discography has been unanimously praised by the general and specialized press (Gramophone Award, BBC Musical choice, Telerama’s 4F, Diapason d’Or of the year, Choc Classica of the year, Scherzo’s Discos Exceptionales, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik…).
A new disc dedicated to CPE Bach, the creation of a new Vivaldi programme, a new collaboration about music of oral tradition... the 2020-2021 season will be full of discoveries.
Collaborations with other artistic fields also nourish and enrich Gli Incogniti’s work. Between 2018 and 2021, the ensemble tours with Rosas, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s dance company and B’rock Orchestra for the show The six Brandenburg Concertos with more than forty performances worldwide (Berlin, New York, Lisbon, Brussels, Paris, Luxemburg, Hong-Kong…). In 2022, the ensemble starts a new collaboration with Rosas for the Mysteriën Sonaten show (Biber).
Gli Incogniti also created in 2021 Bar’Oc – lo viatge d’amor with the group of singers La Manufacture verbale, a programme that mixes songs of oral tradition and baroque music.
Strongly attached to transmission towards the younger generation, Gli Incogniti has held since 2017 a chamber music and bodywork Academy for young baroque ensembles, students or newly professional, at the Théâtre des Quatre Saisons (Gradignan, France).
Gli Incogniti is an artist associated with La Coursive, Scène nationale La Rochelle. The ensemble receives the support of the DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and of the département de la Gironde. It is regularly sponsored by Adami, Spedidam and CNM Export for its performance and recording activities and by the Caisse des Dépôts for its Academy.