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Martin Gester

Defining characteristics of Martin Gester’s musicianship are a curiosity that leads him to bring to light neglected masterpieces, a constant re-examination of accepted ideas, and a special interest in music from the oral tradition and the stage. His introduction to music came through singing and vocal polyphony, followed by the organ and the harpsichord. After musical and literary studies at Strasbourg Conservatoire and University, Gester founded Le Parlement de Musique, an ensemble specializing in the baroque and classical repertoire, which soon developed an international reputation. He has conducted Le Parlement on some forty recordings and has appeared at prestigious venues on four continents. Since 1998 Gester has enjoyed a special collaboration with Arte dei Suonatori, focusing on the concerto of the baroque era and more recently also vocal music of the period (cantatas and oratorios by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel and Bach) as well as pre-classical works. Equally at home conducting Monteverdi’s Vespers and Mendelssohn’s symphonies, Gester is keen to bridge the traditional divide between the so-called ancient and modern schools. In addition, he continues to appear as an instrumentalist – as a solo organist and harpsichordist or as a chamber musician playing the fortepiano. Martin Gester teaches at the Strasbourg Conservatoire and Académie Supérieure de Musique, gives masterclasses all around the world and is the founder of Génération Baroque, an academy for young singers and instrumentalists who are starting out on a professional career.

Christmas in Venice
Telemann - Ouvertures pittoresques
Händel - Twelve Grand Concertos
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