The Amarillis ensemble, directed by the oboist and flutist Héloïse Gaillard, is a baroque music ensemble with a variable line-up, who celebrated his 25 years in 2019.
“Verve, liveliness and finesse” – The world
“Performers registered in one of our best musical traditions” – Telerama
“Always in the vein of imagination and fantasy, on a great musical seriousness” – The cross
Amarillis is a baroque ensemble with a variable line-up directed by the oboist and flutist Héloïse Gaillard.. The ensemble offers a variety of programs in the form of vocal recitals, specifically instrumental project or staged projects crossed with other musical or artistic sensibilities.
The ensemble won three international first prizes : in 1995, the First Prize of the York Early Music Competition, then the first Prize of the Ensemble Music competition organized by FNAPEC in April 1997 and finally, in September 1997, the first Prize and the Audience Prize at the SINFONIA competition chaired by Gustav Leonhardt.
Artistic ambassador of the city of Angers since 2012, receives support from the French State and Pays de la Loire Region, Amarillis was honored with the Classic Revelations of the Adami. According to his projects, Amarillis is supported by Adami, la spedidam, the Orange Foundation, the Versailles Baroque Music Center….
The Ensemble has received the highest praise from the national and international press for its entire discography (19 discs) released under the Naïve labels, Ambronay, AgOgic, NoMadMusic, Sony Classical et Evidence classic. The last publication in October 2019 was a Baroque Florilège box, paying homage to 25 years of the ensemble with excerpts chosen from a dozen CDs of the Ensemble.
The 24 July 2020, Amarillis's 20th album with mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d´Oustrac, a recital dedicated to the character of Madness has been released for the Harmonia Mundi label.
Amarillis performs in the most prestigious places in France (Champs-Élysées Theater, from Poissy, Philharmonie from Paris, Festivals d’Ambronay, from Auvers-sur-Oise, Saintes, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Versailles Baroque Music Center, Operas of Lille, Versailles, Angers, Nantes, Avignon, Metz Arsenal, National scene of Besançon…), and abroad, United Kingdom (Royal Academy of Music, York and Brighton festivals…), in the Nederlands, in Spain, in Germany, and Italy, in Latin America, in Canada, in Senegal, and Inde, in Russia, in China, au French May Festival à Hong-Kong, in the USA (tours supported by the French Institute).
Amarillis collaborates very regularly with the best current singers : Patricia Petibon, Stephanie d'Oustrac, Sonya Yoncheva, Karine Deshayes, Mathias Vidal… and according to the programming, brings together internationally renowned solo musicians in the same spirit of chamber music.
The Ensemble approaches the different repertoires of European baroque music with the desire to explore a repertoire that is often unknown or even unpublished.. The fruit of this musicological and historical work generates original thematic programs (Checkers games at court, Love and masquerade with Patricia Petibon, Fervor and ecstasy with Stéphanie d´Oustrac…) but Amarillis also likes to revisit famous works (concertos d’Antonio Vivaldi, concerts by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, Cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Georg Friedrich Handel's chamber music repertoire…).
Finally, Amarillis is passionate about projects combining different musical trends, like jazz or contemporary music, as well as other artistic universes such as the theater, dance or story (Baroque inspiration with Louis Sclavis, La Double coquette associating the music of Dauvergne with the music of Gérard Pesson, the poetry of Pierre Alferi and the costumes of Annette Messager, Tafelmusik with the collaboration of the scenographer Eric Soyer…).
Passionate about pedagogy, the Ensemble is regularly invited and associated with dissemination venues to do transmission work, reaching a wide variety of audiences.
The Ensemble frequently participates in broadcasts from France Musique and Classical Radio. The BBC, RAI, Half, France Télévisions and Arte have also recorded several of his concerts.