La Spagna ensemble was founded by Alejandro Marías in 2009, taking its name from the so called popular melody, played all around Europe from the 15th to the 17th centuries.
Depending on each repertoire, which generally involves renaissance, baroque and early classical styles, La Spagna may have a different assemblage, from small chamber music group to opera and orchestral productions with invited conductors.
La Spagna plays with original instruments or adapted copies to each period and style, and is focused on a historical informed practice. This doesn’t have an archaeological objective, but purely artistic: the closer we are to the composers, the more intense we’ll be able to get across their emotions.
La Spagna players are young professionals educated in the most prestigious conservatoires of Europe (Paris, Geneva, Den Haag, Basel, Amsterdam, Vienna…), and they are often collaborators amongst some of the most important orchestras, conductors and soloists of early music international scene, such as Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Sigiswald Kuijken, Hervé Niquet, Lucy van Dael, Paul Agnew, Enrico Onofri, Hiro Kurosaki or David Stern. They are the image of a new generation of players engaged not only to give an impeccable performance, but also to respect the historical and sociological perspective of each repertoire.