Anna Vala Ólafsdóttir, contralto
Kirsti Apajalahti, baroque violin
Elianne Ardts , baroque cello
Tim Veldman, harpsichord
KirstiConsort is a young and refreshing ensemble founded in October 2015. This international early music ensemble consists of Finnish baroque violinist Kirsti Apajalahti, Icelandic contralto Anna Vala Ólafsdóttir, Dutch baroque cellist Elianne Ardts and Dutch harpsichordist Tim Veldman.
The ensemble focuses on music composed by female composers of the baroque and classical era. Through the performance of this music, KirstiConsort endeavors to show the appreciation that they deserve, which was mostly not received in their lifetime. These composers had very diverse backgrounds, but they all wrote music in a time where not many women had the chance to do so. This great diversity is reflected in their music, which ranges from sacred motets to exciting sonatas and dramatic love songs. Besides playing music from the baroque era, KirstiConsort also performs their own arrangements of modern pieces by female artists such as Björk and Consuelo Velázquez, offering a varied programme to a broad range of audience.
The importance of the rhetorical aspects, the delivery of the text, and the different affects and passions of each piece are central to KirstiConsort’s performances.
In May 2016 KirstiConsort received the audience award of the Fontys Chamber Music Contest in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The ensemble has performed in various venues in the Netherlands and in Belgium, including Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, the concert series of Catharijn Classique, and Jong Talent in Ede.
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