First Prize in the German Handel competition
Ensemble Meridiana in residence at Festival
It will be some weeks before all concerts and workshops are confirmed for this year's festival, but we can say that the performers will include baroque violinist, Maya Homburger and Ensemble Meridiana who will be "in residence" for the whole of the festival.
Maya Homburger has performed a number of times in earlier Sligo Baroque Festivals, always displaying a remarkable grasp of Baroque musical architecture and an assured technique, always memorably. She is one of the great Baroque violinists of our time. Maya will be playing Bach, the A minor sonata and D minor Partita in a solo recital, and in a trio programme the details of which await confirmation.
This year's festival will largely focus on German music from the late Baroque. As well as Maya Homburger's two concerts, the programmes of the opening and final concerts to be given by Ensemble Meridiana will feature the music of Telemann and his contempories.
Since its formation in 2006, multi award-winning Ensemble Meridiana has established itself as one of Europe's finest Baroque ensembles of it's generation. The five members of Ensemble Meridiana come from four different countries and met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland where they specialised in early music.
In March 2007 Ensemble Meridiana won the first prize and the audience prize in the 4th International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, Germany and in July 2009, Meridiana won the York International Young Artists Competition. Most recently, the ensemble won their third international competition: the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik der Internationalen Händel-Gesellschaft in2011. Meridiana has performed concerts in prestigious international festivals, such as the Händel Festspiele Göttingen, the Arols Baroque Festival, the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, the Leipzig Bach Archive Summer Concerts, J.S. Bach's house in Eisenach, a tour of Romania in 2008 and concerts at the National Centre for Early Music in York and King's Place, London.
The details of other concerts, masterclasses, workshops (including a dance workshop) will be posted in a few weeks.