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Profeti della Quinta

Representation by Latitude 45 Arts in collaboration with
Marilyn Gilbert Artists Management.

-, 18/7/2011 - Profeti Della Quinta named York Early Music competition winners
"'Profeti Della Quinta's stunning authentic performance practice and quality of execution was truly magnificent,' commented Philip Hobbs, chairman of the judges and chief classical producer with Linn Records."

Ensemble Profeti della Quinta was founded in the Galilee region of Israel by the bass singer and harpsichordist Elam Rotem, and is based in Basel, Switzerland, where its members undertook further studies of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Focusing on repertoire from the 16th and early 17th centuries, the ensemble aims to create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today while, at the same time, considering period performance practices.

The ensemble won the York Early Music Young Artists Competition in 2011, and has since performed in prestigious festivals and venues around the world, such as Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, London Festival of Baroque Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New-York and the Shanghai concert hall.

Ensemble Profeti della Quinta has been active in performing and researching hitherto neglected works, such as Emilio de' Cavalieri's Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi's Hashirim asher li'Shlomo (1623), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew, which it recorded to critical acclaim. It is featured in the documentary film by Joseph Rochlitz, Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi, filmed in Mantua, Italy. Further recordings are dedicated to Luzzascho Luzzaschi and to Orlando di Lasso.

Profeti della Quinta has premiered and recorded two large-scale works composed especially for the ensemble by Elam Rotem: the biblical drama Joseph and his Brethren and the motet collection Quia amore langueo. Both works employ Hebrew texts taken directly from the bible, composed in the musical language of the early Italian Baroque.

(FEB 2016)

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