“Seventy minutes of sheer delight” OPÉRA MAGAZINE
Founded by violinist Johannes Pramsohler, the Ensemble Diderot is renowned for its lively and virtuoso interpretations of 17th- and 18th- Century music, and is rapidly evolving into one of Europe’s most ingenious chamber music groups.
Named after the brilliant, versatile and prolific writer of the Enlightenment, Denis Diderot, the Ensemble devotes itself to the performance and research of the trio sonata repertoire in its original and most sonorous combination: two violins, cello and harpsichord.
The Ensemble’s distinctive style has been clear since the very beginning: an intense and energetic sound, great accuracy in phrasing and articulation, and the inspired and imaginative use of historical performance practice. All four memebers are specialists in playing period instruments, graduating from leading European colleges.
Striving for excellence in performance and programmming, their often unusual and daring programmes and their intelligent musicianship already resulted in many invitations to festivals in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Poland.
In 2008 the Ensemble was resident in Amilly (France), supported by ‘Les jardins d’agrément’. After an ‘Aldeburgh Residency’ at Snape Maltings in 2009, the Ensemble was resident at the castle of Frederick II in Rheinsberg/Brandenburg for a whole year, where the group focussed on the specific repertoire of the Prussian court and its connections with France. In 2014 the Ensemble Diderot embarks on a collaboration with Royaumont and a series of residencies, masterclasses and concerts at the Abbey.
The Ensemble’s first recording was released in 2014: the first CD of a series entitled ‘Ensemble Diderot plays Europe’ that takes the group on an adventurous imaginary tour to explore the development of the trio sonata in Europe’s cultural capitals of the Baroque era.