About Us

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The three Monteverdi ensembles – the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - are a leading force on the international music scene. World-class musicians and singers from many nationalities come together to share in the distinctive vision of our music director, John Eliot Gardiner, in groundbreaking projects that span eight centuries of musical masterpieces.

From the monumental to the intimate, from sacred music to opera, from early music to the 20th century, often in unexpected combinations, in each of our projects we strive for excellence.

Since 1964 we have performed in cathedrals, theatres as well as the most prestigious concert halls in the world. With an average of 50 concerts a year, each performance is an event generating widespread media attention. We perform as guest artists in international venues and festivals; we also often promote our own concert series. What sets us apart from other ensembles is the scope of our projects which often pursue a theme over several months or years. We currently collaborate with international organisations including the Opéra Comique, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France.

Our concerts and recordings are regularly praised for their excellence and honored with numerous awards. Most recently, the Monteverdi Choir was singled out as "The World's Greatest Choir" by a panel of international music critics in Gramophone Magazine.

Possessed of an instantly recognizable core sound, the three ensembles are in constant renewal and evolution. We believe passionately in nurturing future generations of players and singers and developing emerging talent. Through our Apprenticeship Scheme we place young musicians alongside experienced professionals, offering them opportunities to perform at the highest level as both ensemble members and soloists.

The Monteverdi ensembles have made over 100 acclaimed recordings for major record labels. In 2011 their Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 CD, recorded in Venice in 1989, was listed among the 50 best recordings of all time by BBC Music Magazine. Since the year 2000 they have recorded over 40 albums for their own label, Soli Deo Gloria (Shop).

Our Mission Statement

The three Monteverdi ensembles, founded and directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, constitute a unique combination. The Choir and both orchestras work independently of each other but also as equal partners with a remarkable synergy, which kindles a lyrical and intense sound.

The ensembles challenge people’s expectations of classical music. In our concerts and education work we communicate our passion for what we do, and strive to involve everyone in what great music has to say to us today. We rehearse projects intensively to communicate every sung text with conviction and to present instrumental music as a living dialogue. Every inch of a stage or church interior is exploited in our search for immediacy and drama, so that the visual impact of our performances enhances what an audience hears. There is always a palpable sense of occasion to any of our concerts.

  • We strive for artistic excellence in everything we do
  • The leadership of Sir John Eliot Gardiner gives us a strong musical identity
  • The members of our ensembles are world-renowned specialists in period instrument performance
  • We perform in the most prestigious venues across Europe, the USA and Asia
  • We have our own successful record label, Soli Deo Gloria (Shop)