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Il Gardellino Chamber Ensemble


Jan De Winne, flute
Marcel Ponseele, oboe
Joanna Huszcza, violin
Jacek Kurzydlo, violin
Kaat De Cock, viola
Ira Givol, cello
Kris Verelst, harpsichord

The internationally acclaimed period orchestra Il Gardellino has been performing since 1988 with inspired productions in a repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and from Rosenmüller to Rolle. Its refined sound and guarantee of top quality make Il Gardellino a welcome guest at home and abroad (Concertgebouw Brugge, BOZAR, deSingel, AMUZ, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Festival de Saintes, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Innsbruck Festival, Palacio de las Bellas Artes Mexico City, LG Arts Center Seoul, Melbourne International Arts Festival, etc.). In 2021, Il Gardellino reached international heights with the first recordings and concerts of Mozart's piano concertos with Olga Pashchenko as part of an integral performance series for Alpha Classics.

The orchestra's name is derived from Vivaldi's concerto "del Gardellino", the musical portrait of the colourful goldfinch. This inspires founders Marcel Ponseele and Jan De Winne to historical diversity. The orchestra does not limit itself to the big, well-known names, but also revives unknown repertoire. This diversity also manifests itself in the interest in other genres. In the near future, Il Gardellino will present artistically exciting projects with a.o. jazz trumpeter Jean-Paul Estiévenart and choreographer Femke Gyselinck.

The ensemble’s repertoire and philosophy can be compared to an active volcano: it is continually recreated and renewed. Il Gardellino carries out thorough research into the historical background of the works it performs, so that each work that they perform, no matter from what period, will be presented according the performance style of the time for today’s audiences. Over many years of such work, Il Gardellino has created a sound world that is very much its own.

The eight permanent members of the ensemble are joined by singers, extra winds and strings according to the requirements of the work being performed. The musicians are eminent specialists in historic performance practice and internationally renowned performers of baroque music. The ensemble also collaborates with well-known soloists as well as with other leading ensembles such as Cappella Amsterdam.

Their discography with more than 30 titles, recorded for Alpha Classics, Accent, Klara, Eufoda and Passacaille, is internationally acclaimed. In recent years, the orchestra has won several Diapasons d'Or and Chocs du Monde de la Musique.

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