About Oltremontano

 
 

Since its very inception the ensemble Oltremontano has been intimately linked with the Flemish classical radio Klara. It was brought together in 1993 by producer Koen Uvin for a radio recording of the motets of Andreas Pevernage. Oltremontano was subsequently a guest at the Festivals of Bruges and Antwerp and has since gone on to make a name for itself both in Flanders and abroad as one of the prominent performers of renaissance music for wind ensembles.

 


Oltremontano


Wim Becu

Sackbut


Adam Woolf

Sackbut


Adam Bregman

Sackbut


Robert Schlegl

Sackbut


Doron David Sherwin

Cornett


Adrien Mabire

Cornett

 

CV Oltremontano


Musicians, playing  with Oltremontano


Veronika Skuplik

Baroque violin


An Van Laethem

Baroque violin


Christoph Barth

Chitarone


Kris Verhelst

Harpsichord, organ


Bart Rodyns

Harpsichord, organ

 

In recent years Oltremontano has expanded its scope to include music from the 17th century. In October 2000 the ensemble was a guest at the International Early Music Festival in Saint-Petersburg. The Russian press proclaimed these concerts the “revelation of the festival”. In 2007 Oltremontano recorded a “world premiere” with sacred masterpieces from Lambert de Sayve, successor of the great Philippus de Monte at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna. Oltremontano was invited by the major European Early Music festivals and has made its debut in the United States of America in March 2009.

The name “Oltremontano” is a reference to the Flemish polyphonies, which dominated and defined the European music world of the 15th and 16th century and were know in Italy as the “oltremontani” or “those from across the mountains”. The core of Oltremontano consists of sackbuts, cornetti and double reed instruments which correspond with the old alta-capella formation of the municipal bands. Oltremontano makes frequent use of vocalists. This has led, amongst other things, to joint projects with the Capilla Flamenca and the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam.