Gli Incogniti

The French-Italian historical-performance group Gli Incogniti (The Unknowns) did not try to be self-deprecating with their name, taken from that of the Accademia degli Incogniti, a 17th century gathering of Venetian intellectuals. It refers as well to the group's occasional tendency to explore little-known repertory by the likes of Nicola Matteis and Johann Rosenm├╝ller. However, it is Vivaldi, freshly done, who has taken Gli Incogniti to the top of the charts. Gli Incogniti were founded by French violinist Amandine Beyer in 2006. A native of Aix-en-Provence, Beyer took modern violin classes in Paris, emphasizing contemporary music in her studies. But a recommendation from a friend led her to the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, and to the teaching of Baroque violinist Chiara Banchini. That proved decisive for Beyer's style, ... Read Full Biography

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