The Basler Madrigalisten, a vocal ensemble with 4 to 24 male and female singers in both solo and choral configurations, perform a wide-ranging repertoire extending from the Renaissance to contemporary music. The ensemble was founded in 1978 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel by Fritz Näf, who directed the ensemble until 2013. Since then, Raphael Immoos has been the group’s artistic director.
The Basel Madrigalists specialize in performing New Music (with regular commissions and premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, Dieter Ammann, Erik Oña, Matthias Pintscher, Arthur Lourié or Giles Swayne). The group’s concert programmes draw connections between old and new works or musical phenomena, often in the context of an overarching theme, and sometimes also feature with instrumental ensembles of different kinds.
They participate in the world’s major New Music festivals (e.g. MaerzMusik in Berlin and the Lucerne Festival in 2014), and concert tours have taken them to almost all European countries, to Russia, the USA, Lebanon and the Far East. One particular highlight was the honour of being the only Swiss ensemble ever invited to the fourth World Symposium of Choral Music and World Choral Festival in Sydney in 1996 (with performances at the Sydney Opera House, among other venues), and an accompanying tour featuring dates in Brisbane, Hong Kong and South Korea. The multi-faceted activities of the ensemble include scenic performances (many of them world premieres) as well as CD, radio and television recordings.
Awards: German Record Critics’ Award for the series “Dokumenta” released by the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (1982); Music Advancement Award of European Business (1998); Advancement Award of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation for the Interpretation of Contemporary Music (1991, 2002, 2006).