Historically-informed performance on period instruments

Versatility, revival of Iberian music and historically-informed performance

Acadèmia 1750 was created in 2006 under the auspices of the Torroella de Montgrí Music Festival. Its members belong to well-known international orchestral projects and share an interest in historically-informed performance on period instruments.

Acadèmia 1750 has worked on projects alongside performers who are well-known for the historical performance practice such as Ottavio Dantone (Juditha Triumphans), Alfredo Bernardini (El Sturm und Drang or the genesis of Germanic Romanticism), Paul Goodwin (A Handel Gala) and Enrico Onofri (L’Incauto amante), and has worked with renowned singers such as Isabel Rey, Núria Rial, Emanuela Galli, Gemma Coma-Alabert, Lola Casariego, Monica Piccinini, María Josè Lo Monaco, Marta Infante, María Hinojosa, Nuria Rial or Javier Sabata, among others.


With its first CD (Juditha Triumphans, recorded live in the city of Lugo in May 2008), it obtained great critical success, repeated with the second devoted to the symphonies of Carles Baguer (Columna Música, 2009).


October 2006 marked the start of the group’s international career, with a performance of all the symphonies by Catalan composers at the Teatrino di Corte in Naples. Then in September 2009, they performed Juditha Triumphans at the church of San Giovanni in Bragora in Venice on the occasion of Catalonia’s participation in the Venice Biennale.


The members of Acadèmia 1750 all specialise in historically-informed performance, play period instruments and belong to well-known orchestras such as Le Concert des Nations, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Concerto Köln, Al Ayre Español, El Concierto Español...


Acadèmia 1750 focuses on late 18th-century and early 19th-century Hispanic works, showing versatility in its search for musical beauty from different points of view (it has no permanent conductor but invites the most appropriate guest conductors depending on the repertoire and style of each programme) and ensuring that its performances are historically authentic.


Its main programmes this season include ‘Lamentatione’ at the BAS Festival in Bilbao under Massimo Spadano with soprano María José Moreno, and ‘Cantatas for Ascension’ to inaugurate the Complete Cycle of Bach Cantatas organised by the Palau de la Música and Auditori de Barcelona and conducted by Josep Vila, together with the Coro de Cámara del Palau de la Música. 

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