Founded in 2006, Gli Incogniti is renown as one of the world reference ensembles regarding the baroque interpretation
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 interpretation.
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 in London (UK), the Oji Hall in Tokyo (JP), the Philharmonie du Luxembourg (LUX), BOZAR in Bruxelles (BE), Philharmonie Essen (DE), Oude Muziek in Utrecht (NL), the Royaumont Foundation (FR), Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de la Ville, Auditorium du Louvre, La Coursive (FR)... It also performs on the stages of major festivals, among which the Boston Festival (USA), the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo festival (Monaco), the MA Festival Brugge (BL), the International Bergen Festival (NO), the festivals of Saintes, Montpellier, Sablé, Ile-de-France (FR)…
The ensemble regularly collaborates with renowned soloists such as Giuliano Carmignola, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Andreas Staier, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Alexeï Lubimov or Hans-Jörg Mammel.
Among the thirteen albums the ensemble has recorded, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Zig-Zag Territoires/Outhere), Il Teatro alla Moda (Vivaldi – harmonia mundi) and Concerti per Esterhazy (Haydn – harmonia mundi) have drawn considerable attention. Their next recording, dedicated to C.P.E. Bach’s Symphonies, will be released in 2020 by the label 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. Since 2018, the ensemble tours with Rosas, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s dance company, for its show The six Brandenburg Concertos. The world tour, which will continue until 2021, totalizes more than forty performances (Berlin, New York, Lisbon, Brussels, Paris, Luxemburg, Hong-Kong…). The creation of a new show based on music of oral tradition is also ongoing, in collaboration with the company of singers La Manufacture verbale.
Since its foundation, Gli Incogniti mainly explores the baroque repertoire, but has also approached the pre-classical and classical repertoires in the last few years – always on historical instruments. For the current and coming seasons, the ensemble will consequently perform programs by Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Richter or Mozart, the number of participating musicians varying from four to twenty-five.
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). As part of its artistic residence in the theatre La Coursive, the ensemble has initiated a series of workshops in 2018 with students and teachers of the La Rochelle conservatory.
Gli Incogniti is in residency at La Coursive, Scène nationale La Rochelle. The Ensemble is supported by the DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It regularly receives the support of the Caisse des dépôts for the Académie, of the Adami, of the Spedidam and of the Bureau Export for its concert and disc activities.