The Baroque ensemble I Barocchisti harvest the heritage of the Società Cameristica di Lugano, which since the early 1950ís and with Edwin Loehrer developed an essential activity in the recovery of vocal and instrumental works of the Baroque, earning world-wide success with live performances and recording (among which several Golden Records).
Together with the Swiss Radio Choir, in these last years, under the direction of Diego Fasolis and with the name Ensemble Vanitas it has realised several concerts and records always enthusiastically welcomed by the specialised critic (J.S. Bachís Magnificat BWV 243 & Cantata BWV 21, Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) ARTS (+ Video SSR), Galuppi Il mondo alla roversa CPO, Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine ARTS (+Video SSR), George Frideric Handel's Dixit Dominus, Dettingen Te Deum ARTS, Purcell Ode on St. Cecilia's Day ARTS, Antonio Vivaldi, Gloria, Magnificat, Dixit Amadeus Giubileo 2000).
The First violin is the Swiss artist Duilio Galfetti (well-known for his Teldec recording). The Ensemble is made up in variable formations of 6 to 26 musicians all renowned Swiss and Italian virtuosi with a solid cultural and instrumental preparation and with their own soloistic activity, acknowledged at international levels. They all had also several experiences in groups as Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, English Consort, Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, Europa Galante, Sonatori de la gioiosa Marca...
The "Latin" character of the performances marked by virtuosity and rhythm, balanced by a constant expressive melodiousness drives to the praise both audience and critic, who since the beginnings is writing in enthusiastic terms.
The group will become the resident Ensemble for Baroque Music of Lugano Festival 2000; the new musical enterprise, which will start with G.F. Handelís Messiah and a program, dedicated to J.S. Bach in his 250th Death Anniversary.