Back to the sources:the rebirth of a forgotten repertory

The ensemble Artemandoline

With their ensemble Artemandoline, formed in 2001, Juan Carlos Muñoz and Mari Fe Pavón chose to go back to the original documents in order to the establish the true pedigree of this incomparable family of instruments. They have made a major contribution to launching a movement to encourage musical freshness and rigour. A better understanding of the compositions, closer study of the early treatises, the playing styles, the musical environment of the glorious era of the mandolin, leads to better appreciation of Baroque music, which itself became over time a mode of thought and action.

The success of this approach based on a return to the sources, which constitutes the most important development in the history of the interpretation of ‘serious’ music in the course of the twentieth century, has been made possible by the cooperation of many protagonists – musicians, but also concert organisers, recording producers, publishers, musicologists, and instrument makers. Very quickly awarded prizes by the critics and enthusiastically acclaimed by the public, Artemandoline’s performances always create new impulsions. Its musicians dedicate their time and their talents to the revival of the mandolin on the musical scene, participating in the current expansion of interest in it all over the world through their conservatory teaching and masterclasses, their concerts, and their publications. Artemandoline is one of the pioneers in this domain, in which it has forged an international reputation.

In a few short years, the ensemble has found its style, proved its instrumental quality, and thereby constituted a veritable identity. Soon after its formation, it took its place among the foremost ensembles in the realm of historical performance practice on plucked strings. Audiences and critics alike were immediately filled with enthusiasm for its lively musical style. The musicians who make up the ensemble play on period instruments: Baroque mandolins, Renaissance and Baroque guitar, Baroque mandola and mandolone, Renaissance lute, treble lutes, mandolins from Brescia and Cremona.

They are regularly invited to appear at early music festivals in France and abroad, including:

Konzerthaus BerlinFestival de musique ancienne de SimianeFestival de musique ancienne de Saint-Guilhem-le-DésertFestival des musiques anciennes de l’Abbaye de SylvanèsEncontros de Música Antiga de Loulé« Stockholm Early Music Festival »« Bach Chamber Days », Riga« Tage Alter Musik Regensburg »Festival Musique et Nature à BaugesFestival de Musique Ancienne du MaraisFestival de Musique Baroque en Famenne ArdenneFestival de Chisinau, Moldavia

Early Music Festival BelgradeStockstädter MusiktageMiercurea Early Festival (Romania)Münsterland FestivalGröpelinger BarockFestival 1001 NotesBrunico Music FestivalGaudete Early Music FestivalMonza e Brianza Early Music FestivalFestival « Musique & Nature à Bauges »Wroclaw Cantans « Forum Musicum »

Artistic director& Founder

Juan Carlos Muñoz

Baroque mandolin

Juan Carlos Muñoz has studied with Sylvain Dagosto in France. He is a graduate of the  Conservatoire d’Esch/Alzette and graduated in the mandolin from the « Hochschule für Musik » in Cologne after studying with Professor Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. While still very young he embarked on a concert career, giving pride of place right from the start to constant and ever deepening study of the Baroque mandolin and early music in general. [...]

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Artistic director& Founder

Mari Fe Pavón

Baroque Mandolin

Cradled to the sound of the guitar since childhood, Mari Fe Pavón begins the study of the mandolin at a very young age with the teachers P. Chamorro and Caridad Simón and thus discovers a few years later the experience of orchestra and soloist in the orchestra of his city, under the direction of Pedro Chamorro. She also began studying guitar with Manuel Muñoz. She recorded her first record at the age of 15 with the same ensemble, and subsequently studied at the Conservatory of Alcázar de San Juan (Spain) and at the Conservatory of Music in Esch / Alzette in Luxembourg. [...]

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