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5th edition - 2024

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The 5th edition of the CIMA took place on May 22 and 23, 2024 at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, for the semi-final, and at the Conservatoire of Nantes, for the final.

First prize was awarded to the Swiss ensemble Tra Noi.

Second prize went to the British ensemble Apollo's Cabinet.

All finalists are invited to a masterclass at Thiré, Centre culturel des Arts Florissants in 2024.


Tra Noi's approach is both, historically informed and open for new concert settings. Having only come together as an ensemble at the beginning of 2023, Tra Noi has already won the Wiener Konzerthaus Prize at the H.I.F. Biber Competition and the Audience Prize at the Biagio Marini Competition. 2024 takes Tra Noi to the Torino Chamber Music Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Magdeburg Telemann Society and the Kaunas Philharmonic, among others.

"Tra noi inspired with a light, bright, transparent and virtuoso sound texture", Donaukurier, 9 August 2023.

The jury was won over by the Ensemble's virtuosity, richness of sound and daring interpretative quality, with a few avant-garde sonorities in Farina's Capriccio Stravagante. The choice of program testifies to a particular affection for Folklore, a witness to Man, composer, inspired by the nature that surrounds him: Polish folklore in Telemann's Suite in B minor, Moravian folklore through the piece Hungaricus 53 “Uhrovska Manuskript”, and finally the popular Irish folklore with an 18th century traditional “Cuckold come out the amery”.

Silvia Berchtold (recorder), Lorenzo Molinetti (violin), Camille Sors (cello), Eliott Xaquin Dios (harpsichord).


“Sensitive, joyous, highly virtuosic, and with a great choice of sound colours” - Kulturzeitschrift “Baroque meets Bridgerton” - Göttinger Tagblatt Murders, drinking songs, Cinderella stories, virtuosic cantatas, European tours, serene polyphony and candlelit rituals all feature in the evocative and story driven programmes of Apollo’s Cabinet.

Winners of the Göttingen Händel Competition and the Maurizio Pratola competition in 2022, the group bring a signature mix of acting, dancing, poetry and silliness to bring historical performance to modern audiences. They have furthermore won the Brian Nisbet Prize for their fusion of Music and Poetry and most recently the F. J. Aumann Prize of the International Biber Competition for innovation and new discoveries in Baroque music.

2023 saw the ensemble tour across Scotland, which was generously supported by the Tunnell Trust.

Other noteworthy performances to date include concerts at the London Handel Festival, Felix! Festival Köln, The Georgian Concert Society Edinburgh, AMUZ Antwerpen, OudeMuziek Fabulous Fringe, :alpenarte Schwarzenberg and the Brighton Early Music Festival.

“Apollo’s Cabinet are adding storylines and scenarios to illuminate already dramatic music, while erasing the interactive gap between stage and audience”. - Bognor Regis Observer.

The ensemble is dedicated to educational outreach for children as well as adults, and members have designed and offered workshops and educational concerts in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Centre for Young Musicians, Brighton Early Music Festival, English National Opera, ZAMUS Cologne and Wigmore Hall. They have recently joined Live Music Now, a long-established music charity founded by Yehudi Menuhin.

Highlights this upcoming season include performances at the Semana de Música Antigua Estella and Bachfest Leipzig. Furthermore, the ensemble will be reconstructing and creating a world premiere recording of a cantata by W F Bach, which was originally dedicated to Frederick II of Prussia. This forms part of a new album, which will be released in 2025.


Apollo's Cabinet (2nd prize)

Bellot (finalist)


I Mastricelli

Il Parrasio (finalist)

Les Impertinences

Rosa Triplex

Tra Noi (1st prize)


Nicolas BUCHER, President, organist and director of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

Daniel CUILLER, Violinist and co-artistic director of Stradivaria.

Catherine MASSIP, Musicologist, curator, ex-director of the Music Department at the BNF, and ex-president of Les Arts Florissant, replacing William CHRISTIE, harpsichordist, founder and co-director of Les Arts Florissants.

Corinne SCHNEIDER, Musicologist, author and producer at France Musique.

Aline ZYLBERAJCH, Harpsichordist and pianofortist, professor of didactics at the CNSMDP and harpsichord at the Académie Supérieure de Musique of Strasbourg.



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