Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with what the Philadelphia City Paper describes as ‘zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentation'. Tempesta di Mare is led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta's repertoire ranges from staged opera with full orchestra to chamber music. The group performs all orchestral repertoire without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Tempesta di Mare is named for baroque master Antonio Vivaldi's concerto meaning ‘storm at sea', a title reflecting music's power to evoke drama.
Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer for its ‘off-the-grid chic factor', Tempesta's Greater Philadelphia Concert Series has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since its launch in 2002, with press endorsements from Philadelphia to Paris. The ensemble has brought numerous modern world, national and regional premieres to the area and is supported by such funders as the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tempesta has toured from Oregon to Prague and is represented by MCM Arts and Entertainment. Recent touring concerts of chamber music include the famed Göttingen Handel Festival and our New York City debut at the Frick Collection. The group's full orchestra toured Germany in 2011. National broadcasts of live performances include Performance Today, Sunday Baroque, Harmonia and Symphony Cast.