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     Cafe Zimmermann

Located in Saint-Catherine street in Leipzig, Gottfried Zimmermann's coffee house would host weekly concerts by the Collegium Musicum back in the XVIIIth century. The ensemble, founded by Georg Philipp Teleman and conducted by Johann Sebastian Bach between 1729 and 1739, performed secular cantatas and instrumental music for an audience of experienced music-lovers: duet or trio sonatas, pieces for solo instruments, concertos for violin, harpsichord, oboe, etc.

At the time, Leipzig and the neighbouring town of Dresden drew numerous musicians eager to meet the famous Cantor or participate in the rich musical life of the Saxon capital. Hence, Zimmermann's coffee house offered a broad spectrum from the repertory: music written by Bach and his sons, by Teleman and the virtuosos and composers of the Dresden Chapel orchestra, as well as works by the major European composers - whose music mainly circulated in the form of copied or transcribed scores, or else was simply performed by itinerant singers and musicians that passed through Leipzig.

It was this spirit of open-mindedness and conviviality uniting the audience, repertory and musicians which drove Pablo Valetti and Celine Frisch to found the Caf Zimmermann Ensemble in 1998 to explore the orchestral music of that era. They assembled six musicians - five bow instruments and a harpsichord (Pablo Valetti, Nick Robinson, violin; Patricia Gagnon, alto; Petr Skalka, cello; Ludek Brany, double bass and Cline Frisch, harpsichord). Other strings or wind instruments would be added depending on the programme.

Cafe Zimmermann has been invited to play for numerous seasonal programmes and specialised festivals: the Thtre de la Ville in Paris, the "Automne Musical" at the Chteau de Versailles, Baroque music festivals in Pontoise, Sabl sur Sarthe, Lanvellec, the Printemps des Arts in Nantes, etc. The ensemble has also gone on tour abroad (Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Latvia, Argentina, etc.).

In residence in Upper-Normandy, the Caf Zimmermann Ensemble receives financial support from the Ministry of Culture (Regional Department of Cultural Affairs) and the County Commission of Upper Normandy. Caf Zimmermann is a member of the FEVIS (Federation of Specialized Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles).

"() the interpretations are characterised by an incredible energy (), at the height of their craft, these musicians combine energy and subtlety. () The blend of the musicians' exuberant enthusiasm and their musical refinement is enhanced by the heightened sense of their group relationship. Bach's polyphonic structures emerge as lively conversations in which each participant plays an important role." {CD Bach Concerts with Several Instruments II, editor's note}- Uri Golomb, Goldberg, August 2004
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Pablo Valetti, violin and Konzertmeister

Pablo Valetti was born in Buenos Aires and studied violin there. In 1991, he entered the Schola Cantorum of Basel to study with Chiara Banchini, John Holloway and Jesper Christensen.

He performs regularly as soloist or first violin with major Baroque ensembles and orchestras (Le Concert des Nations, Les Arts Florissants, Concerto Kln, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Hesperion XXI, Concerto Vocale, Les Talens Lyriques, etc.) on the most prestigious European stages. In February 2000, he was invited to join the Musiciens du Louvre as violin soloist on their tour in Asia.

Pablo Valetti has participated in several recordings for various music labels and radios such as Astre, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, WDR, Harmonia Mundi France and Archiv Produktion. In a violin duet with Manfred Kraemer in the The Rare Fruits Council ensemble, he received the international critics' main prize for their recording of Biber (Diapason d'or in 1998, Rpertoire, Grammophon, Grand Prix de l'Acadmie du Disque...). Pablo Valetti plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Milan in 1751.

Celine Frisch, harpsichord

Born in 1974 in Marseilles, Cline Frisch discovered the harpsichord at the age of six. In 1992, she garnered her first prizes for harpsichord and chamber music at the Conservatoire of Aix-en-Provence. She continued her training at the Schola Cantorum in Basel under Andreas Staier and Jesper Christensen where she earned her soloist degree.

In 1993, she began performing in recitals and chamber groups in the top concert halls in France - Radio France, Thtre de la Ville in Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre, and festivals such as Ile de France, la Roque d'Anthron, Octobre en Normandie, Folle Journe de Nantes, t musical de Dijon - and abroad - Washington, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Seoul, Brussels, Lisbon, etc. She won the Juventus prize in 1996, and in 2002 became the first harpsichordist to be selected for the Victoires de la Musique Classique.

Her interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach earned her the highest acclaims from the international music press. Besides Bach, her affinities have drawn her to play French music of the Louis XIV era, the works of the English Virginalists and German music of the XVIIth century. She also delights in exploring XXth-century and contemporary music (Manuel de Falla, Henri Dutilleux, Franois Sarhan, Brice Pauset, etc.).

Her recordings, for the most part dedicated to Bach, have all been lauded by the major critics and have received top distinction from the specialised press. Her recording of The Goldberg Variations earned the Diapason d'or of 2002 and the 'Choc de l'anne 2001' awarded by the Monde de la Musique.

7 musicians : 3 violins, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord


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CD , :
 Charles Avison - 'Concertos In Seven Parts' - 2002, Alpha
 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - 'Symphonies & Concerto Pour Violoncelle' - 2006, Alpha
 Johann Sebastian Bach - 'Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol. 1' - 2001, Alpha
 Johann Sebastian Bach - 'Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol. 2' - 2003, Alpha
 Johann Sebastian Bach - 'Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol. 3' - 2004, Alpha
 Johann Sebastian Bach - 'Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol. 4' - 2008, Alpha


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