Baroque music, Vocal music
Amarillis was founded by Héloïse Gaillard, an internationally renowned recorder player and oboist, who has been the ensemble’s Artistic Director since 1994. Amarillis is a musical ensemble that brings together exceptional artists of different generations to be part of an ambitious and unique artistic project in which a dialogue between artists is forged without the need for a conductor.
Its varied membership ranges from a group of 2 to 4 soloists to a chamber orchestra. Recognised since its creation as a reference in the interpretation of 17th and 18th century music, it brings together in the same spirit of chamber music some of today’s best singers (Patricia Petibon, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Mathias Vidal, Maïlys de Villoutreys, etc.) and solo musicians. The ensemble offers a variety of programmes in the form of vocal recitals, specifically instrumental formations or projects staged in conjunction with other artistic sensibilities.
Winner of three international first prizes and distinguished by the Adami Classical Revelations, the Ensemble performs in the most prestigious venues in France and abroad.
Amarillis has received the highest praise from both the national and the international press for the 20 recordings in its discography. Passionate about teaching, the Ensemble is regularly invited and associated withvenues to pursue its pedagogical missions, thus reaching a wide range of audiences. The Ensemble regularly participates in broadcasts by France Musique and Radio Classique. The BBC, RAI, Mezzo, France Télévisions and Arte have also recorded several of its concerts.
Amarillis is subsidised by the State, by the DRAC Pays de la Loire by the Région Pays de la Loire, by the Départment de Maine et Loire and by the city of Angers. It is a member of the Fédération des Ensembles Vocaux et Instrumentaux Spécialisés(FEVIS) and of PROFEDIM.