For the past 20 years, Ensemble Caprice has received national and international acclaim for their performances of early music. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, the ensemble gives concerts in Europe and is regularly invited to participate in such early music festivals as those in London, England; Bruges, Belgium; Utrecht, Netherlands; as well as in Germany at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, the Early Music Festival in Regensburg, the Händel Festival in Halle and the Festival in Stockstadt. On this continent, Caprice has given concerts in New York City at the Frick Collection and the Miller Theatre, and also at the Boston Early Music Festival and in Washington at the Library of Congress. In Canada, Ensemble Caprice is invited to perform at musical events such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival and the Domaine Forget’s International Festival. The ensemble also has toured in Israel and Taiwan.

In November 2009, The New York Times featured them in a lengthy article, praising them as “imaginative, even powerful,” and called their playing “top-flight.” Ensemble Caprice’s most recent CDs on the Analekta label all have been highly acclaimed: Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels won Canada’s prestigious 2009 JUNO award, Telemann and the Gypsies was recommended by Gramophone, Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies had two nominations in 2009 for Echo Klassik awards in Germany. The Ensemble also has won three Opus Awards from the Conseil québécois de la musique, notably Performer of the Year (2010), and was awarded two prizes by the Montreal Arts Council: the Audience Appreciation Prize (2008-2009) and Finalist (2009) of the Grand Prix de Montréal.

Advertisements