Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève (= GAG) was founded in 2003 by Stephan MacLeod. It is a small variable size ensemble, intending to perform vocal and instrumental chamber music. It is composed of leading musicians who manage their career as soloists and chamber musician in the field of Baroque music, but all of which have the particularity of not being exclusively active in the specific area: they are not active just in early music. Their versatility ensures the freshness of their enthusiasm and sincerity of their research.
The first concert of Gli Angeli Genève took place during the Festival Amadeus de Meinier (GE) in 2003. Since 2005, the Ensemble produces its own concert season in Geneva, where they perform three to four times a season programmes dedicated to cantatas of J.S. Bach. Alongside each concert is given a work of a predecessor or contemporary of J.S. Bach to make a repertoire still unknown in Geneva.
The ambition is to give Geneva and Lake Geneva Lake chamber ensemble performances of high-level, to participate in the cultural life of the city, and also to turn to the world. The Lake Geneva area is full of musicians who rarely work in their area, especially because the early music ensembles are rare because the concerts are not numerous. The fight against these two realities is another reason for Gli Angeli Genève's ambition to grow and develop.
In January and February 2006, Gli Angeli Genève was heard very noticeably in the production of La Calisto by Cavalli staged by Alain Perroux at the Théâtre du Loup in Geneva.
On the sidelines of the Complete Cantatas and with the assistance of the du Département de l’Instruction Publique et du Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Gli Angeli Genève also performs work of educating children to music. Thanks to an educational module that runs in parallel to each concert of the Ensemble, more than 250 Geneva students each year are introduced to some aspects of the world of J.S. Bach and the rediscovery of ancient instruments. From the 2006-2007 season, a concert for schools punctuates this stage, which allows school children to attend rehearsals and demonstrations, to become familiar with the families of instruments through the ages, and meet professional musicians.
Violins: Chiara Banchini, Adrien Carré, Anaïs Chen, Odile Edouard, Birgit Goris, François Gottraux, Yoko Kawakubo, Veronica Kuijken, Leila Schayegh
Violas: Caroline Cohën-Adad, Hans Egidi, Martine Schnorhk
Violas da gamba: Irène Klein, Romina Lischka, Kaori Uemura
Violoncellos: Oleguer Aymami, Hager Hanana, Gaetano Nasillo, Marc Jaermann
Doubles-basses, Violones: Michael Chanu, Cléna Stein, Benoît Vanden Bemden
Recorders: Bart Coen, Koen Dieltiens, Stéphanie Troffaes
Transverse Flutes: Sara Boesch, Alexis Kossenko, Jan De Winne
Oboes: Patrick Beaugiraud, Meike Güldenhaupt, Seung-Kyung Lee-Blondel, Claire Thomas, Gilles Vanssons
Bassoons: Carles Cristobal, Jean-Philippe Iracane, Philippe Miqueu
Horn: Thomas Müller
Trumpets: Emmanuel Alemany, Guy Ferber, Krisztian KovatsHannes Rux, Aline Théry
Timpani: Nicolas Curti, Thomas Holzinger
Organ, Harpsichord: François Guerrier, Francis Jacob, Vincent Thévenaz