Il Giardino d’Amore comes from italian name, which literaly means „Garden of Love”. The inpiration for its creation was one of the frescoes by Gioto and the cantata of Alessandro Scarlatti of the same title: „Il Giardino d’Amore”.
The orchestra was founded in 2012 during the Bach Festival in Kraków. At that time Stefan Plewniak was invited to cooperate with the orchestra of Jordi Savall – Le Concert des Nations in Barcelona, where he met an excellent harpsichordist Marco Vitale. This cooperation proved to be very fruitful for the Il Giardino d’Amore and its further development.
In the years 2011, 2012 and mid-2013 the orchestra performed at festivals such as the Bach Festival in Vienna, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Tartini Festival in Piran. In autumn 2013 the orchestra held their first tour in the USA and Canada, and performed at Festival of Early Music Celebration in New York.
In 2014 Il Giardino performed in the prestigious concert hall of Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as was invited to the festival in Oslo, Norway. During their second tour in USA they performed in Carnegie Hall New York and California, where members of Il Giardino led the master class at the Universities of Los Angeles and San Diego.
The orchestra since its creation performed the music of italian opera; sacred music and italian instrumental masterpieces.
Years 2013 – 2018 are dedicated to French music. This fascination started by the recording „Cantates & Petits Macarons”, the CD with french cantatas in 2013, than presentation of the opera ballet by J.Ph.Rameau – Les Indes Galantes in 2015 and 2016, and it will continue in 2018 by performance of another opera by Rameau – Naïs.
The aim of 2016 was focused in large projects with polish sacred, and dance music. 2016 tour in US was dedicted entirely to the promotion, and popularisation of this fascinating music field. For this project it was also created Il Giardino d’Amore choir, which since than work together with the orchestra in the secular, and sacred repertoir. The fruit of this dissertation will be the new CD ” The Heart of Europe – Corona Regni Poloniae 1500 – 1750 -” with a monumental music of Gorczycki, Zieleński, Mielczewski, and dances. It will be released in the winter / spring 2017.
2016 – 2018 are also decidated to the music joyful music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.
Project Amadeus was presented during 2016 Mozart OFF Summer Festival in Warsaw, presenting artistic life of Mozart Family. It was fascinating idea to join ballet, panthomime, opera singers, choir, and orchestra to present the complicity of arts.
Christmas Ballet Tour in the winter 2016 in Norway was a new story based on Tchaikovsky famous three ballets : The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty. Seven shows around Oslo, was very successfull.
The orchestra has recorded 4 CDs: Musica del Sole ; Amor Sacro Amor Profano ; Cantates et Petits Macarons ; The Heart of Europe, which are released by Evoe Records label.
Artists forming Il Giardino d’Amore are very passionate, young and the stirring musicians from Poland, Italy, France and Spain.
Orchestra and choir Il Giardino d’Amore is cooperating with fantastic ensembles :
Cambridge Concentus Boston, OSB Ballet School Poznan, Trombastic, Tempus
Giuliano Carmignola ( violin) , Gaia Petrone ( alto) Anthony Newman ( harpsichod & organ), Jakub Józef Orliński ( countertenor ), Miriam Albano ( mezzosoprano ), Natalia Kawalek ( mezzosoprano ), Antonio Piricone ( pianoforte & harpsichord ), Marco Vitale ( harpsichord), Etienne Galletier ( theorbo & guitar)