Motivated by a lively spirit of enquiry and a visionary and creative approach, Controcorrente’s ambition is to realise a musical dream – a new way of making music.
Our objective is to interpret the music we perform through a communal process, to be free from both personal and autocratic opinions, and to bring to fruition an original interpretation which is also liberated from current musical trends.
Controcorrente is the fruit of a common passion, inspired by energy, creativity and authenticity.
Orchestra Controcorrente’s ambitious project was born from the meeting of accomplished young musicians and friends who share mutual respect and years of intense professional activity playing on period instruments with the most prestigious ensembles.
Thorough musical study has resulted in a common interpretative vision, which we aim to share with audiences though concerts and musical projects.
Controcorrente wishes to free itself from contemporary cultural and musical practices, and joins the music market by proposing an alternative vision. Our current economic system encourages a daily life-acceleration and a constant need to produce more, always at lower cost and consequent lower quality. This orchestra responds with a small-scale deceleration, a slow and conscious exploration of beauty, structure and expression.
The obvious provocation in our name underlines a strong desire by the artists to regain ownership and management of their time. They are aware of their duty to create a high quality performance and they refuse to submit to a hasty and superficial approach, preferring to proceed creatively – controcorrente – against the flow, towards the final product.
Controcorrente is an orchestra that plays exclusively on period instruments.
Historical research, which is of fundamental importance to us, has become a vehicle for new energy rather than a champion of rigid interpretation.
Whilst taking care to acknowledge the precious legacy of the past, Controcorrente looks to the future with an original and innovative approach which revives tradition in a vibrant and creative way.