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The biography of the ensemble Café Zimmermann

Founded in 1999, Café Zimmermann is one of the leading baroque ensembles in France and in the rest of Europe. Led by violinist Pablo Valetti and harpsichordist Céline Frisch, the ensemble brings together soloists who are eager to bring back to life the artistic atmosphere conveyed by Gottfried Zimmermann’s establishment in the 18th century in Leipzig. Café Zimmermann collaborated with artists such as Emöke Barath, Giuliano Carmignola, Rupert Charlesworth, Lorenzo Coppola, Maarten Engeltjes, Damien Guillon, Kristina Hammarström, Christian Immler, Roberta Invernizzi, Sophie Karthäuser, Gustav Leonhardt, Lenneke Ruiten, Carolyn Sampson, Andreas Staier, Dominique Visse, as well as the choirs Les Elements, Aedes, Vox Luminis and Accentus.

As the official orchestra-in-residence at Grand Théâtre de Provence since 2011, Café Zimmermann regularly performs in Aix-en-Provence as well as in some of the most famous concert venus throughout France and Europe (Basel, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Madrid, Ljubljiana…). The ensemble also plays in international festivals and performs international tours in the United States, Japan, China, South America and more.

In addition to its concerts and tours, Café Zimmermann is committing to Promote baroque music to a larger public through creative awareness campaigns. Our musicians regularly play in schools and hospitals for the enjoyment of young and old alike!

The album recordings of Café Zimmermann are acclaimed by the audience and the press, especially the renditions of J.S. Bach’s concertante music, which were awarded the Diapason d'Or in 2011. A new album dedicated to the "Lamento", featuring countertenor Damien Guillon, is to be released in 2020 under Alpha Classics.


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