CMDH bio | COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag

Enthusiastic, flexible and broadminded: three key words used to describe the Collegia Musica of the past that also characterize COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag, directed by maestro al cembalo Claudio Ribeiro. A prize-winner ensemble and one of the leading Dutch baroque ensembles of the ‘new generation’, CMDH is praised for its vitality and dynamism, but also for the high artistic and communicative quality of its performances, whilst dedicating itself entirely to the historically informed performance practice.

Winner of the Second Prize at the prestigious International Van Wassenaer Competition / Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag was founded in The Hague in 2006 by young, talented, energetic musicians, drawn from all over the world and united under the direction of Brazilian/Italian harpsichordist Claudio Ribeiro.

Its discovery was made at the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2006 by Bernhard Trebuch from the Austrian Radio (ORF), with whom CDs were recorded (Edition Alte Musik label). The first, “L’Europe Réunie”, was released in October 2007 and received enthusiastic reviews by amongst others Fanfare, Tijdschrift Oude Muziek and Pizzicato. About the orchestra’s second CD ‘Empfindsam’ (released in 2015), the Early Music Review wrote: “the deepest sentiments of C. P. E. Bach’s soul are seemingly laid out for all to feel, and Ribeiro and co. capture all the nuances to perfection.”

CMDH performs regularly at the most important festivals and concert venues in Europe such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Bachfestival Dordrecht, Reincken Festival, Anton Philipszaal, Festival Classique, Musica Antica da Camera (The Netherlands), MAfestival Brugge (Belgium), Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer, Italia Mia Vienna, Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk (Austria), Dalheimer Sommer (Germany), Itinéraire Baroque (France) and Opus Amadeus Festival (Turkey). CMDH has performed live for ORF, Radio West, AVRO (Spiegelzaal from the Concertgebouw) and on Dutch TV NPO1 during the concert for the Dutch royal family (King's Day) in 2015. In 2010 CMDH was one of the five ensembles chosen to represent the Dutch early music scene at the Showcase Early Music, organized by the Music Center The Netherlands during the Utrecht Early Music Festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, CMDH was ensemble-in-residence at the XXVII International Early Music Festival of Juiz de Fora in Brazil, performing in various concerts and teaching daily masterclasses.

Mission statement
A new generation of musicians asked for a different, own imprint in the performance of Early Music. The research and continuous performance of this repertoire carried out by the pioneers of previous generations led to a renewed moment of transformation. The well-known repertoire asked now for a new reading, with a deeper understanding of its contexts, but also enhanced by new findings on Historical Performance Practice (instruments, playing techniques, articulation, phrasing...). Young professionals of Early Music, who grew up already listening to the historically informed performance of this music, were ready to put this new interpretation into practice with energy and excitement. CMDH was created as a vehicle to express these refreshing (yet old!) ideas.

Like the Collegia Musica of the past, CMDH joins together the vitality and the dynamism of its young musicians (playing on period instruments) with the professionalism derived from their experience in the field of early music. The international character of The Hague, the orchestra's cradle, is also present since its members come from the four corners of the world: Brazil and USA (its founders), France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Holland, Israel, Argentina, Canada, Japan… this diversity directly reflects the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where most of these skilled musicians were educated.

Since 2009 proactively engaging new audiences, the orchestra’s brand includes an annual concert tour through The Hague, in a social-cultural project entitled ‘Stadstournee’ that has had the generous support of the City of The Hague as well as various other Dutch cultural funds.

Claudio Ribeiromaestro al cembalo
Inês d'Avena & Rebecca Rosen, co-founders

CMDH musicians