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Ensemble Amarcord

  • Vocal Ensemble

Biography

Ensemble Amarcord: Its musical work focuses on music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as collaboration with contemporary composers. For example, Bernd Franke, Ivan Moody, Marcus Ludwig, Siegfried Thiele and Dimitri Terzakis have all written compositions for amarcord. Yet amarcord repertoire also contains a variety of different programmes covering all facets of vocal music ranging from madrigals through romantic compositions to a cappella arrangements of well-known songs.

The young singers gained valuable stimulus from attending master classes with the Hilliard Ensemble and the King's Singers. This vocal group has won several international competitions, including in Tolosa (Spain), Tampere (Finland), Pohlheim (Germany), and the 1st Choir Olympiad in Linz (Austria).

In 2002, amarcord won the German Music Competition for Chamber Music in Bonn. Two years previously amarcord received a grant from the German Music Council, and won the Crown Prize awarded by Holsten, the brewers. Alongside the Gewandhaus Orchestra and St. Thomas Boys Choir, amarcord is one of Leipzig main musical representatives in both Germany and abroad.

The ensemble regularly appears at important music festivals, and has undertaken several concert tours all over Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East. In addition to its concert activity, amarcord has also made its mark by establishing and organising "a cappella", the regular Leipzig festival of vocal music, which has already hosted such ensembles as the Swingle Singers, the Huelgas Ensemble and Chanticleer.

In a move somewhat out of the ordinary, the quintet successfully took part in performances of two Schauspiel Leipzig productions combining dance with a cappella singing: Dissonanzen-Spurensuche ("On the trail of dissonance") by Werner Stiefel and Jedermann tanzt ("Everybody-dancing") directed by Irina Pauls.

amarcord CDs are released on the apollon classics label.