THE ENSEMBLE

elsa pide

The Ensemble Alletamento is a project of violinist Mario Braña and cellist Elsa Pidre which was born out of the union of a long musical experience together and their interest in Early Music.

After completing the Master’s Degree in the Interpretation of Early Music at the ESMAE in Porto with Amandine Beyer and Benjamin Chénier (Baroque Violin) and Marco Ceccato (Baroque Cello), in July 2016 they were Finalists at the V International Early Music Competition in Gijón (Asturias-Spain) where they were awarded the Special Audience Award, and the jury highlighted “their expressive strength and their quality to communicate in their way of performing” (La Nueva España, 16/07/2016). At that time, they decide to approach the study of the origins of the XVII and XVIII centuries repertoire for violin and cello with original instruments and from a studious historical perspective. In July 2017, they were awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the VI International Early Music Competition in Gijón, where the critics highlighted that “apart from an outstanding technical training, their performance evidenced a perfect affinity and the capacity to communicate feelings through a late baroque Italian repertoire selected for the occasion […] and the affinity was such that the duo seemed to be one instrument multiplying voices” (La Nueva España, 14/07/2017).

Taking this work as a starting point, they develop other projects which mainly cover the XVII and XVIII centuries, adapting the formation depending on the repertoire and by means of which they intend to recover the less known musical heritage of the Iberian Peninsula.

The Ensemble takes its name from the Alletamenti da Camera by Tessarini, one of the first works composed for violin and cello. The connection with the audience is one of the principles of the Ensemble and in this sense, they pursue the “alletamento”, i.e. what is “suggestive”, “attractive” or “pleasing” and thus, seduce and move the audience with their interpretations.

mario braña

“If something defines the project of this duo is rigour and virtuosity. Rigour in their way of approaching the repertoire and formulating the interpretation of works being loyal to the spirit with which they were conceived.[...] and virtuosity due to their capacity of bringing life to every passage, each movement of  sonata or each dance suite. […] It was a concert which confirmed what everyone knew: their quality and big projection within the Baroque music scene”

Eduardo Viñuela  |  La Nueva España, 26/01/2018        

Graduate in modern violin at the Oviedo Conservatoire (CONSMUPA) with Yuri Nasushkin, University Expert in the Interpretation and Musical Analysis with Héctor Corpus and Ramón Sobrino, Graduate in History and Music Science at the University of Oviedo. He does a Master’s Degree in the Interpretation of Early Music at the ESMAE in Porto with Amandine Beyer and Benjamin Chénier and studies baroque violin with Enrico Onofri in the Palermo's Conservatory.

 

He is a scholar at the Academia Montis Regalis (Italy) and at the University of Salamanca Baroque Orchestra. He has had regular collaborations with various early music ensembles in Spain and Portugal such as the Tenerife Baroque Orchestra and Concerto Ibérico. He complements his training taking part in courses and masterclasses with musicians such as Christophe Coin, Mauro Rossi, Pedro Gandía, Andoni Mercero o Lorenzo Colitto and has worked with the greatest names of the current Early Music scene like Enrico Onofri, Olivia Centurioni, Thibaud Noally, Ophelie Gaillard and Wilbert Hazelzet.Professionally, as a modern violinist, he has had regular collaborations with the OSPA- Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (Spain) and currently he is a violinist at the Orquestra do Norte (Portugal).

 

As a member of the “Cuarteto Vínculos”, he has been awarded a Grand Prix at the Contest of the International Forum “Musical Performance and Pedagogics” (Madrid, 2010), three First Prizes at the Chamber Music Contest “Francisco Salzillo” (Murcia, 2010), at the International Festival Contest “La noche en Madrid”(Madrid, 2011) and at the X Chamber Music Contest “Rotary Sardinero” (Santander, 2011). He also obtained a Third Prize at the International Contest of Chamber Music with Religious Themes (Valencia, 2009). He co-founds the Ensemble Alletamento with the cellist Elsa Pidre, Finalist and Winner of the Audience Award at the V International Early Music Contest in Gijón (2016) and of the Grand Jury Prize at the VI International Early Music Contest in Gijón (2017).

MARIO BRAÑA
Baroque Violin

After completing her modern cello studies at the Oviedo Conservatoire (CONSMUPA) with Viguen Sarkissov and graduating in History and Musical Sciences at the University of Oviedo, Elsa Pidre does a Master’s Degree in the Interpretation of Early Music at the ESMAE in Porto with Marco Ceccato. 

 

She complements her studies taking part in courses and masterclasses with cellists such as Christophe Coin, Stefano Veggeti or Itziar Atutxa and she is a scholar at the Academia Montis regalis (Italy) and the University of Salamanca Baroque Orchestra 

 

As a modern cellist, she has had regular collaborations with the OSPA- Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (Spain) and worked for the Orquestra do Norte (Portugal)

 

As a member of the “Cuarteto Vínculos”, she has been awarded a Grand Prix at the Contest of the International Forum “Musical Performance and Pedagogics” (Madrid 2010), three First Prizes at the Chamber Music Contest “Francisco Salzillo” (Murcia, 2010), at the International Festival Contest “La noche en Madrid”(Madrid, 2011) and at the X Chamber Music Contest “Rotary Sardinero” (Santander, 2011). She also obtained a Third Prize at the International Contest of Chamber Music with Religious Themes (Valencia, 2009).

 

She co-founds the Ensemble Alletamento with Mario Braña, Finalist and winner of the Audience Award at the V International Early Music Contest in Gijón (2016) and of the Grand Jury Prize at the VI International Early Music Contest in Gijón (2017).

ELSA PIDRE
Baroque Cello

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