Arte dei Suonatori is a baroque chamber orchestra playing on period instruments that has been described as “the best Baroque Orchestra from Poland.”
The orchestra Arte dei Suonatori was formed in Poznan (Poland) in 1993 by the violin players Ewa and Aureliusz Golinski, who gathered together a group of the most talented young Polish period-instrument performers. The core of the ensemble were originally Polish string and continuo players, but over the years the orchestra has become more international, featuring as regular members musicians from, among others, Germany, England, Holland, France and Ireland.
Since 1998, the orchestra has initiated an extensive series of early music events which very quickly evolved to become “Early Music – Persona Grata”, a festival which is now well known throughout Poland. Arte dei Suonatori is also the co- creator and co- organiser of several other festivals, including “Music in Paradise” in Paradyz, ‘Haendel Festival” in Torun, “Baroque Bows and Strings Festival” in Poznan and “Three Baroques Festival” in Wroclaw.
The orchestra regularly cooperates with distinguished soloists and conductors from all over the world, with whom they appear on some of Europe’s best known recording labels, including BIS Records, Alpha and Channel Classics. Many of their recordings have been awarded with the prizes, such as Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Luister 10, 10 de Repertoire, Classics Today, Classic CD, and their disc of Vivaldi’s “La Stravaganza” featuring Rachel Podger as soloist, was honored with the title “Baroque disc of the year 2003” by Gramophone magazine. Arte dei Suonatori’s most recent recording of Handel’s Concerti grossi op.6 with Martin Gester has also received very high critical acclaim, including: BBC Music Magazine “disc of the month”.