Founded in June 2009, the ensemble Concerto Scirocco is dedicated to historically informed performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. The group members are young talented artists who met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. This eclectic ensemble of early instruments, united by a common enthusiasm for the music of the Renaissance, early Baroque and the Baroque era, seeks to combine personal creativity with an awareness of historical performance practices garnered through experience of the world of early music.
The diversity and the flexibility of the ensemble allows for performance of diverse music, from fifteenth-century alta cappella to high Baroque. There is also scope to expand the core ensemble to involve other instrumentalists and singers to meet the demands of different repertoire, and also for core ensemble members to double on related instruments in keeping with the practice of multi-instrumentalists of the age. Concerto Scirocco considers this flexibility to be of great importance in understanding the development of early music throughout the centuries.
Concerto Scirocco were invited to perform at various renowned festivals such as: Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, Cantar di Pietre in Ticino, Davos Festival – young artists in concert, Musiksommer am Zürichsee in Bubikon by Zürich, Altstadt-Serenaden in Basel, concerts series Midi Musique at the Theater Basel, concerts l’ADMA in Fribourg, Musica Antica in Magnano, Fabulous Fringe at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Alte Musik – live in Berlin, Freunde Alter Musik Basel, Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens in Geneva, concerts in Romainmôtier, Amia Alsace in Strasbourg, La Folia in Rougemont. Concerto Scirocco were broadcast live for RSR Espace 2, Radio Svizzera Rete 2 and Concertzender.nl.
The first CD of Concerto Scirocco, in collaboration with the vocal ensemble Voces Suaves, is dedicated to the work of a Venetian composer, Giovanni Croce, and was released by the label Arcana/Outhere Music. The CD was rated 5 diapason from “Diapason” magazine and was nominated for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2018 in the category “early music”.