Since its formation in 2006, multi award-winning Ensemble Meridiana has established itself as one of Europe’s finest Baroque ensembles of its generation. The five members of Ensemble Meridiana come from four different countries. They met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland where they specialised in early music.
Ensemble Meridiana are the winners of three major international competitions: the 4th International Telemann Competition (2007, Magdeburg Germany), the International Young Artists Competition (2009, York UK) and the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik der Händel-Gesellschaft Göttingen (2011, Göttingen Germany).
Ensemble Meridiana has performed in prestigious international festivals, such as Händel Festspiele Göttingen, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music London, Stour Festival, Freunde Alter Musik Basel, Arolsen Baroque Festival, Magdeburg Telemann Festival, Leipzig Bach Archive Summer Concerts, J.S. Bach’s house in Eisenach, York Early Music Christmas Festival, Brecon Baroque Festival and London King’s Place. Major concert tours have taken them to the UK, Norway, Germany, Romania, Ireland, Finland and Switzerland.
Their first CD Tastes of Europe supported by the NCEM and the Fidelio Charitable trust was released by Linn Records to great critical acclaim. Meridiana has performed on radio throughout Europe, on stations such as BBC Radio 3, MDR Figaro, RSR Espace 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk and on TV Romania. They have twice been invited on the Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3.
They will release their second CD, Les Voyages de l’Amour, with Chandos Records in May this year.
Meridiana has also been active in musical education; teaching on international summer courses such as Dartington International Summer School and Sligo Baroque Festival.
They are renowned for their friendly presentation, versatile programming and exuberant playing.
“The musicians distinguish themselves through their excellent musical clarity, esprit, humour and, above all, much love…”