Compagnia d’Istrumenti

Compagnia d’Istrumenti was founded in 2005, when its members were brought together through their postgraduate research into performance practice at the University of York.

The ensemble was formed with the aim of exploring the rich repertory of Baroque music for various instrumental combinations, from the early sonatas by seventeenth-century composers such as Dario Castello, who was Capo di Compagnia d’Istrumenti at St Mark’s in Venice, to the High Baroque music of Georg Philipp Telemann and beyond.

Since their debut performance in 2005 Compagnia d’Istrumenti has given concerts in some of the country’s leading festivals and series: highlights have included performances in Edinburgh’s Georgian Concert Society Series, Swaledale Festival, Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival, YorkConcerts, York Early Music Festival, Ryedale Festival, Leamington’s ‘Concerts in Churches’ series and the Bridgewater Hall’s ‘A Little Bite Music’. Their performance in the 2006 York Early Music Festival was recorded by BBC Radio 3, and they were subsequently invited to perform live on the Early Music Show. The ensemble has also collaborated with artists such as Crispian Steele-Perkins, Lynne Dawson, Thomas Guthrie and David Miller.

Individually, members of Compagnia d’Istrumenti perform with orchestras including The King’s Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, Early Opera Company, English Concert and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, often appearing in chamber performances and as section principals.

Compagnia d’Istrumenti has been an Artist-in-Association at the University of York since 2009. Other education projects have included a series of workshops in association with the National Centre for Early Music at universities across the North of England, including the Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester and Hull.