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, which then allowed her to enter the prestigious Schola Cantorum in Bâle. She became a Juventus laureate in 1996, the first harpsichordist to be selected for the Victoires de la musique classique awards in 2002, and was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2009.
Her renditions of J.S. Bach’s music earned her the warmest comments from the international music press. Apart from Bach, she is also keen on playing French music from the Louis XIV period, works by English vriginalists and 17th century German music. She also explored with great pleasure 20th century music and contemporary creations. Her recordings have been honoured by many high distinctions, such as the Diapason d'Or, the Choc de Classica, as well as the Charles Cros Académie’s Grand Prix. In 2015-2016, she received the Diapason d’Or, the Choc de Classica and the ffff Télérama for her recording of The Well Tempered Clavier - Book 1.
PABLO VALETTI - Violin & artistic direction
Trained at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Pablo Valetti regulary performs as a soloist or first violin with prestigious baroque ensembles and orchestras of the international scene – Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert des Nations, Concerto Köln, Hesperion XXI, etc.
Besides his activities as a soloist, he has also frequently been invited to conduct the Orquesta Barroca of Sevilla and has also taught at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya of Barcelona and the Conservatoire of Nice.
Since the creation of Café Zimmermann in 1999, he has been devoting himself wholeheartedly to the artistic project and the development of the ensemble.
He plays a 1758 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.