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Accademia del Piacere

The uniqueness of its innovative projects, the technical ability of its musicians and the strong personality of its artistic director Fahmi Alqhai have made of Accademia del Piacere a vanguard group in Spanish early music and one of the leading ensembles of this kind in Europe. Accademia has played on the most prestigious classical music stages in Europe and world-wide, such as Berlin Konzerthaus, Colonia Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Mexico’s International Cervantino Festival, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Konzerthaus of Vienna, etc.

Accademia del Piacere's CDs have revealed new facets in fundamental repertoires of historical music, such as the Italian Seicento in “Le Lacrime di Eros”(2009 Prelude Classical Music Award), as well as the passionate world of improvisation in Spain in the 1600s – “Rediscovering Spain”(2013), Choc de Classica in France and Tipp Toccata in Germany – or the French chamber music in the court of Louis 14th in “Les violes du Ciel et de l’Enfer”(nominated for the 2011 International Classical Music Awards). But Alqhai's ensemble has also moved the world of historical music with recordings such as “Las Idas y las Vueltas”, an incursion into the world of flamenco and its relationship with baroque music, in collaboration with flamenco vocalist Arcángel, and for which the group won the Giraldillo prize for Best Music at the 2012 Seville Flamenco Biennale. In 2016 Accademia received the GEMA Award (Spain) to the Best Baroque Ensemble.