|Accademia del Piacere|
Fahmi Alqhai, viola da gamba and direction
Accademia del Piacere
The uniqueness of its innovative projects, the technical ability of its musicians and the strong personality of its artistic director have made of Accademia del Piacere a vanguard group in Spanish early music and one of the leading ensembles of this kind in Europe. Accademia is especially appreciated for the group’s fascinating and direct communication to its audience, and its conception of historical music as being alive and full of emotions, an idea conveyed by the group’s musicians to their spectator from the heart.
Accademia del Piacere has revealed its various facets in fundamental repertoires of historical music, such as the Italian Seicento (in Le Lacrime di Eros, 2009 Prelude Classical Music Award, and Amori di Marte, centered on Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, 2011 Disco Excepcional Scherzo and Tipp CD in Toccata Magazine, Germany), as well as French chamber music in the court of Louis XIV in Les violes du Ciel et de l’Enfer (nominated for the 2011 International Classical Music Awards).
In 2011, Accademia del Piacere moved the world of historical music, presenting Las Idas y las Vueltas, an incursion into the world of flamenco and it’s relationship with baroque music, in collaboration with flamenco vocalist Arcángel (Giraldillo prize for Best Music at the 2012 Seville Bienal de Flamenco). Equally brave is Accademia del Piacere’s following recording, which revives the passionate world of improvisation in Spain in the 1600s—Rediscovering Spain (2013), Choc de Classica in France and Tipp Toccata in Germany—in which once again Alqhai and Accademia del Piacere take risks and offer new glosas to today’s listeners.
National and European-level recognition has developed Accademia del Piacere’s presence on the most prestigious classical music stages in Europe and worldwide. Among the venues visited recently are the Berlin Konzerthaus, Colonia Philhamonie, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Konzerthaus of Vienna and the Early Music Festival in Bruges, as well as numerous festivals in the Netherlands, Japan, USA, Germany, Belgium, Swizerland, Colombia, Spain... Accademia del Piacere’s concerts are regularly transmitted live by the European Broadcasting Union from it’s associated broadcasters, such as RNE (Spanish National Radio), German NDR, Radio della Svizzera italiana or Czech Radio, and has furthermore been presented on various television broadcasts.
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