Musica Antiqua Mediterranea


Created in July 1981 by Christian Mendoze, the "Musica Antiqua Mediterranea" orchestra is one of the rare European ensembles to be able to illustrate with delight a vast repertoire (from the 16th to the 19th century), including the great masters of the Baroque period, BACH, VIVALDI, PERGOLESE, PURCELL, HAENDEL, TELEMANN, CORELLI. ... but also the ancient dances of the 16th and 17th centuries, the classical masterpieces of MOZART, HAYDN..., and very recently the works of Central Europe and beyond (Bohemia, Hungary, Poland, Russia) whose dance rhythms particularly inspire the choreographic fibre of Christian MENDOZE.

He is currently preparing a series of recordings devoted to the symphonic repertoire with a focus on choreographic works: Hungarian Dances by BRAHMS, Bohemian Dances and Polkas by SMETANA, Slavonic Dances by DVORAK, Hungarian Rhapsodies by LISZT, Waltzes and Polkas by STRAUSS, Russian Folk Dances, Romanian Rhapsodies by ENESCO.

"Musica Antiqua Mediterranea" is an ensemble with variable geometry, ranging from trio to orchestra "MOZART formation", and it performs with vocal or instrumental soloists, as well as with choirs or vocal ensembles.

Orchestre Musica Antiqua Mediterranea

The orchestra collaborates with the great international soloists, while inviting the young stars of the future:
Elena BERTUZZI, soprano / VERONA (Italy)
Fabrizio CIPRIANI, violin / MILANO (Italy)
Giovanni BRIA, conductor / ZÜRICH (Switzerland)
Eleonora de la PEÑA, soprano / ROMA Opera (Italy)
Philippe FOULON, instruments of love / PARIS
Lidia IZOSSIMOVA, soprano / MOSCOW (Russia)
Alice FERRIERE, mezzo-soprano / VIENNA (Austria)
Cecilia ARBEL, soprano / BEAUCAIRE
Among many others...

Recognised by the international press as one of the best European orchestras, it has been welcomed by all the major music centres and festivals:
International Music Fair "Musicora" - Paris
Châteauvallon Festival - Ollioules
Toulon Early Music Festival
International Festival of Lyric Art of Aix en Provence (France music)
Toulon Organ Festival
Festival Manca de Nice Festival de Villevieille
Baroque Spring of Nice MIDEM de Cannes
Salle Gaveau - Paris
International Baroque Arts Meeting of Avignon
Callas Festival
Staufen Festival - Germany
International Festival of Sion - Switzerland
Château en fête - Brittany
Sankt Gerold Festival - Austria
Musiksommer am Zürichsee - Switzerland
Nuits Auréliennes de Fréjus
Tagliacozzo International Festival - Italy
Campobasso Festival - Italy
Musical Encounters at Château Mateus - Portugal
Musical Spazio of Vicenza - Italy
Pionsat Castle Festival - Auvergne
Children's choir festival - Grasse
Auvergne Baroque Festival
Avignon Early Music Festival
Savona International Music Festival - Italy
Imola International Music Festival - Italy
Festival " Belles pierres en musique " (Beautiful stones in music) - Ardèche
Torino Festival - Italy
Roquevaire International Organ Festival
Festival " Patrimoine en Domitienne " Music in Saint Merry - Paris
Autumn Festival of Signes
Lyric Art Festival " Pézenas Enchantée " Théâtre du Châtelet - Paris
Crans Montana Festival - Switzerland

The orchestra and its conductor are constantly invited to Paris, in the FRANCE MUSIQUE studios, for live broadcasts:
" Les Muses en Dialogue " - " Les Démons de Midi " - " L'été des Festivals " - " Scène ouverte " - " De si de là ".

Numerous concerts have also been recorded:
France 3, TF1 and France Musique (Midem, Saint Tropez, Toulouse), as well as by the radio and television station Suisse Romande (Sion) in partnership with the BBC London, Radio Bratislava, DRS Zürich, Radio Classique Portugal...

Prestigious concerts, reserved for major international ensembles, include:
The MIDEM in Cannes
La Salle Gaveau - Paris
The Basilica of Saint Maximin
The Royal Abbey of La Celle
The Royal Chapel of Rodez
The Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra
Sylvanès Abbey
Le Théâtre du Châtelet - Paris

And many concerts in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Toulon, Toulouse, Tarbes, Rome, Modena, Sibiu (Romania), Mannheim, Zurich, Vincenza, Krakow (Poland), Turin, Genoa, etc.

Finally, "Musica Antiqua Mediterranea" has signed several versions of discographic references, praised by the international and specialised media:
DANSES - DANSERYES, International Grand Prix of the Académie du Disque
STABAT MATER by VIVALDI, reference version by Alain DUAULT
DANCERIES de GERVAISE, Prix Radio Suisse International and AWARD e MUSIC Editor's Pick
SCHIARAZULA MARAZULA, recommended by Classica
SPANISH DANCES - SANZ, best record of the year FNAC / Le monde de la Musique
DANCES AND MADRIGALS - DEMANTIUS, Must from Compact Disc Magazine, event of the month