La Vaghezza is an international ensemble specializing in the historically informed performance of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.
In 2016, the year La Vaghezza was formed, they were awarded first prize in the ‘Maurizio Pratola International Competition’, performed in the Brugge and Utrecht early music festivals amongst others, and were chosen as an Emerging European Ensemble on the EEEmerging scheme, supported by partners across Europe. They are currently in their second year with EEEmerging.
In 2017 they were awarded the EEEmerging ensemble audience prize and gave sold out performances in esteemed festivals such as Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Paviabarocca Festival, and the Biennale del Mediterraneo in Palermo, Grandezze e Meraviglie Modena, Gaudete Festival in Piedmont and Società Aquilana Barattelli.
In 2018 they became the first group to be awarded all three prizes at the Haendel Göttingen Competiton - the Barenreiter prize, the Audience Prize and the Haendel Göttingen Competition prize, in connection to which they were broadcast live in concert on NDR Radio, Germany. Highlights of the coming year include performances in the Festival d'Ambronay, Cité de la Voix, Auditorium de Lyon and Fondazione Pietà dei Turchini in Naples.
The members of La Vaghezza are all highly sought after instrumentalists in their own right, working closely with artists such as Alfredo Bernardini, Enrico Onofri, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, Amandine Bayer, and with ensembles such as Il Pomo d’Oro, Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Modo Antiquo, Les Arts Florissants, Zefiro.
‘From the first notes, the quality of La Vaghezza’s playing was remarkable[…] A tightly woven ensemble that gave an engaged and stirring performance [...] La Vaghezza seduced us with the quality and the élan of their interpretation’
‘I am happy that this group - founded by some of my best students - decided to call themselves La Vaghezza, an aesthetic concept so dear to me. With their extraordinaty talents and energies they are sure to live up to their name’
© 2018 La Vaghezza