Ensemble Tourbillon was founded in 1998 by Czech gambist and conductor Petr Wagner and brings together outstanding musicians from across Europe. Under Wagner's leadership typical programmes revel in the combination of virtuoso performances of well-loved masterpieces with a persistent curiosity to discover new repertoire and fresh new approaches.
Ensemble Tourbillon’s repertoire spans a period from the seventeenth century up to C.Ph.E. Bach, Josef Mysliveček, Jan Křtitel Vaňhal, with works by virtually unknown composers to familiar masterpieces of the baroque and classical periods. Its formation ranges from four musicians (two violins, viola da gamba, theorbo or harpsichord) to large instrumental and vocal forces that enable the ensemble to perform larger secular and sacred vocal repertoire.
Ensemble Tourbillon has appeared at numerous festivals and concert series world-wide, such as Castel Sant’Elmo Auditorium in Naples, Festival Art et Spiritualité – Troyes (France), Festival Ile de France, Gdansk Early Music Days, Sopron Early Music Days, Mexico City Shakespearean Festival, Mitte Europa Festival, Elbhangfest, Forum Musicum Wrocław, Swidnica Chamber Music Festival, Prague Philharmonics (FOK) Early Music Series, Concentus Moraviae and others.
Most recent projects:
2009 / 2010
- G.Ph.Telemann: Ouverture in D for viola da gamba and strings
- G.Ch.Wagenseil: Symphony G minor
- François Couperin: Leçons de ténebres
- Marin Marais: Suite d'Alcione
- Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens
- Johann Abraham Schmierer: Zodiaci musici
2007 / 2008 / 2009
Wroclaw, Swidnica, Prague, Spain – Arie con viola da gamba concertata with music for soprano, viola da gamba concertante, violins and basso continuo, by J.J. Fux, G.Porsile, A. Corelli, A. Ariosti, G. Reutter.
Naples / Italy – Empfindsamkeit, Sturm & Drang early symphonies by J.A.Benda, J.K.Vaňhal, G.Ch.Wagenseil, J.Mysliveček, J.Stamitz.
Prague – world premiere concert performance of Gottfried Finger’s English semi-opera The Virgin Prophetess or the Fate of Troy (1701) with Noémi Kiss, Alex Potter and Stephen Varcoe as soloists, choir and orchestra. Co-production with Czech Radio and Prague Philharmonics‘ concert series (FOK).