Ensemble Ancor specializes in performing music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, thereby presenting a rich variety of sound and style. On the one hand there is the homogenous sound of a Renaissance recorder consort, consisting of copies of instruments nowadays preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. On the other hand there is a combination of Medieval instruments with contrasting sound: a gothic fiddle and harp, both reconstructed from paintings dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The sound of the voice merges with the instruments, adding declamatory force and sparkling brilliance.
The members of Ensemble Ancor come from Austria, China, Croatia and Spain. They have studied Early Music Performance at renowned institutions such as the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the Royal College of Music London, the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig, the Conservatoire Satie Paris, the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Ensemble Ancor's project "Sounds of the Past - Linking Renaissance and Medieval Music" has been awarded the prestigious Bank Austria Kunstpreis 2015.
The Ensemble's final recital in the 2015 International Young Artists Competition in York/UK, as well as interviews with the Ensemble members, have been recorded and broadcast on Radio BBC 3 and REMA (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne) Radio.
In Autumn 2014, the Swiss Foundation Thyll-Dürr invited Ensemble Ancor to become one of their “Ensembles in Residence” for 2014 at the Casa Zia Lina in Elba/Italy.
Ensemble Ancor performs at festivals and venues such as Carinthischer Sommer/Austria, Basilica Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona/Spain, Parrocchia Santa Maria Assunta in Capoliveri/Italy, Kommende Lengmoos/Italy, Stift Zwettl/Austria, Sankt Anna in Pöggstall/Austria, Reformierte Stadtkirche Wien/Austria and Sankt Ruprecht Wien/Austria.
Ruth Bruckner - recorders, fiddle, voice
Florian Huber - recorders
Iris Mañà Alentà - recorders, harp, voice
Stjepan Nodilo - recorders, voice
Jin Yan - recorders
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