The artistic management
The ensemble was founded and is co-directed by Céline Frisch and Pablo Valetti.
CÉLINE FRISCH - Harpsichord & artistic direction
Born in Marseille, Céline Frisch studied harpsichord at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory, then she entered the prestigious Schola Cantorum in Basel (Switzerland). In 2002, she became the first harpsichordist to be selected for the Victoires de la musique classique, one of the greatest French classical music Awards. In 2009, she became a Knight of Arts and Letters for her "significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance". Her renditions of J.S. Bach's music are praised by the critics, the international press and the general public alike. Apart from Bach, she loves playing French music from the baroque period, English virginalists' works or German music from the 17th century, as well as contemporary creations. She won several awards for her recordings, such as the Diapason d'Or, the Choc de Classica and the Grand Prix de l'Académie de Charles Cros.
PABLO VALETTI - Violin & artistic direction
Born in Argentina, Pablo Valetti first played the violin at the orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He then studied early music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel (Switzerland). He regularly performs as a soloist or first violin with prestigious baroque ensembles and international orchestras such as Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert des Nations, Concerto Köln, Hesperion XXI… Today, he is dedicated to the development of Café Zimmermann and his career as a teacher at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona and at the Conservatory of Nice.
He plays a 1758 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.