Gli Angeli Genève was founded in 2005 by Stephan MacLeod. This ensemble of variable size plays on period instruments (or copies thereof) and comprises musicians who pursue a career in baroque music but are not active in the field of ancient music only. Their eclecticism guarantees freshness and enthusiasm. Since its creation, Gli Angeli Genève has been the meeting point for some of the most famous singers and instrumentalists on the international baroque scene and young graduates of the Basel, Lyon, Lausanne and Geneva music schools. Internationally renowned since its first two recordings in 2009 and 2010, the ensemble now gives more than fifteen concerts per season in Geneva, as part of its complete Bach Cantatas, a series of annual concerts at the Victoria Hall, the annual Haydn-Mozart festival created by the ensemble in 2021, and finally the Chambre des Anges, a new concert series inaugurated in 2022 and devoted to chamber music.
At the same time, the ensemble is in demand in Switzerland and abroad to perform Bach, but also Tallis, Josquin, Schein, Schütz, Johann Christoph Bach, Weckmann, Buxtehude, Rosenmüller, Haydn, Mozart, etc. In recent seasons, Gli Angeli Genève has been in residence at the Utrecht Festival and the Thüringer Bachwochen, and has also given concerts in Basel, Zurich, Lucerne, Barcelona, Nürnberg, Bremen, Stuttgart, Brussels, Milan, Wroclaw, Paris, Ottawa, Vancouver, Amsterdam and The Hague. Gli Angeli Genève is a regular guest at the Festivals of Saintes, Utrecht, Musikfest Bremen and the Bach Festival in Vancouver. In 2017 the ensemble made its debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and in 2019 at the KKL in Lucerne. On the occasion of the Haydn-Mozart Festival, Gli Angeli Genève collaborates with guest conductors and artists: Michel Corboz in 2021, Kristian Bezuidenhout in 2022 and Philippe Herreweghe in 2023.
Gli Angeli Genève’s first recording for Claves Records, Sacred Music of the 17th Century in Wroclaw, won the 2019 ICMA award for best Baroque Vocal Recording of the Year, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics in Switzerland and around the world. The ensemble’s discography also includes a Bach Mass in B minor, nominated for an ICMA 2022 award, Bach’s Bass Cantatas, and the rare Symphonies Concertantes by Antoine Reicha, with soloists Christophe Coin, Davit Melkonyan, Chouchane Siranossian and Alexis Kossenko. The last CD released in October 2022, Mozart’s Concertos for flute and orchestra, with Alexis Kossenko (flute) and Valeria Kafelnikov (harp) has been nominated for an ICMA 2023 award in the “Concerto” category.
Gli Angeli Genève has a regional support agreement with the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Théâtre du Crochetan