Founded more than fifteen years ago, the Belgian collective Scherzi Musicali has become a leading ensemble in the world of early music, renowned for its work on the repertoires of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which it explores with insatiable pleasure. Whether rediscovered or major repertoire, Scherzi Musicali aims to approach the music with the same objectivity, and each of the parameters of their interpretation is the subject of research and reflection, in quest of the most appropriate philological choices to approach each musical style.
The ensemble is made up of three to more than forty musicians and is centred around its founder and artistic director, Nicolas Achten (°1985), who sings while accompanying himself on the lute or theorbo, the harp or the harpsichord. He is surrounded by a group of young singers and instrumentalists with whom, concert after concert, he develops a sound identity based on basso continuo instruments and their interaction with the rhetoric of singing.
Scherzi Musicali performs throughout Europe: Festival de Wallonie, Festival van Vlaanderen, De Bijloke, De Singel, Concertgebouw Brugge, Amuz, Bozar, Automne Musical de Spa, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam, Ferrara Musica, Amici Della Musica di Padova, the Venetian Festival of Baroque Music, Tage Alter Musik Herne, Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Musikverein Wien, Kölner Philharmonie, Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord Vert, Embaroquement Immédiat, Festival d'Ambronay, etc.