Award-winning Ensemble Masques is a bi-continental Early Music chamber group renowned as much for their expressiveness and vitality as for their integrity and precision. The name of the group is inspired by the masques of Elizabethan England — dramatic entertainments that incorporated music, dance and poetry.
Masques’ concert schedule has taken them to Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Poland, England, Austria and Japan; to The Netherlands at Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw and Utrecht’s renowned Early Music Festival; to Belgium at Brussels’ Bozar, Antwerp’s AMUZ and Gent’s Bijloke. They have also appeared in most major centres in Canada and the United States, including New York, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, San Diego and Los Angeles. They have performed as part of the Folles Journées en région, in Nantes & Tokyo, the Cité de la Voix in Vézelay, the Festival de Saintes, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Festival de Wallonie. Most recent tours have taken them to the United Kingdom & Finland and, this past month, to the Festival of Early Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. Their recordings with Zig-Zag Territoires and Alpha Classics have won the Diapason d’Or, the Choc de Classica and Telerama’s “ffff”, and have been featured in broadcasts around the world. Their album Buxtehude: Abendmusiken, recorded in collaboration with Vox Luminis, received a 2019 Gramophone Award.
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