This ensemble Melpomen under my direction has specialised in a newly imagined repertoire of Greek classical music, i.e. the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Songs for one or two voices are accompanied and played around on carefully reconstructed instruments (Aulos, Kithara, Lyra, Barbitos, Krotala, Kymbala).
Programs with the regular ensemble — “Sappho” or “Eros” with Arianna Savall, Giovanni Cantarini und Martin Lorenz — as well as two small choirs for music to Greek dramas – CHOROS/ΧΟΡÓΣ with a total of 11 musicians — are possible.
The ensemble diferencias is dedicated to the exploration of Renaissance and contemporary music with Renaissance recorders and supplementary instruments. At present, the focus is increasingly on traditional music and its implementation with our instruments.
The most current project is a much surprising collaboration with the Jazz-Ethno-Trio consisting in piano, electric bass and percussion.
The harpsichordist Jörg-Andreas Bötticher is both a teacher — at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis — and a concert performer with a powerful as well as subtle, unmistakable voice. Duo programmes with him are jewels of chamber music interplay.
The baroque violinist Plamena Nikitassova is not only an outstanding soloist, she is also present as a highly esteemed chamber music partner, especially in the French and German repertoire.
With the harpsichordist Markus Hünninger, who lives in the south of France and works at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, I have an intensive collaboration, especially in the field of music around 1600 with its powerful mid-tone mood.
The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is the internationally oriented and probably worldwide unique institute for teaching, research and further education in the field of early music, from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century.