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COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag was founded in 2006 by young, talented, energetic musicians, united under the direction of Brazilian/Italian harpsichordist Claudio Ribeiro. These musicians were drawn to Holland from all over the world in order to perfect themselves with the finest, most respected musicians in Baroque music today.

A new generation of musicians asked for a different, own way of performing Early Music. The research and continuous performance of this repertoire carried out by the previous generations since the middle of the 20th century led to a moment of transformation, a sort of enlightenment, when a new way of looking at this music was reached. The well known repertoire asked now for a new reading, with a deeper understanding, but also enhanced by new findings on Historical Performance Practice (instruments, playing techniques, articulation, phrasing...). Young professionals of Early Music, who grew up already listening to the historical performance of this music, were ready to put this new interpretation into practice. CMDH was created as a vehicle to express these new (yet old!) ideas

Its discovery was made at the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2006 by Bernhard Trebuch from the Austrian Radio (ORF), with whom two CDs were recorded (Edition Alte Musik label). The first, “L’Europe Réunie”, was released in October 2007 and received enthusiastic reviews by amongst others Fanfare, Tijdschrift Oude Muziek and Pizzicato. The second recording - a pasticcio of Händel works - is to be released soon, in celebration of his year, 2009.

Like the Collegia Musica of the past, CMDH joins together the vitality and the dynamism of its young musicians (playing on period instruments) with the professionalism derived from their experience in the field of early music. The international character of The Hague, the orchestra's cradle, is also present since its members come from the four corners of the world: Brazil and USA (its founders), France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Holland, Israel, Argentina, Canada, Japan… this diversity directly reflects the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where most of these skilled musicians were educated.

In 2007 the orchestra opened the "Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer" in Brunnenthal, Austria and was broadcasted live from the Anton Philipszaal by Radio West and by ORF from the festival “Italia Mia” in Vienna. Excerpts from the concert in Brunnenthal are present in a documentary DVD that accompanies the CD “L’Europe Réunie”.

In December 2008, the orchestra performed a very exciting program for the 40th anniversary of the Nationale Havenraad at the Ridderzaal in Den Haag, with pieces that were inspired by the sea.

For 2009, programs were created to honor that year’s important anniversaries of Baroque and Classical masters. In February, we commemorated the 250th anniversary of Händel’s death with the program “Mr. Handel’s Delight”, in the Paleiskerk in Den Haag (reprising a successful performance at the Italia Mia Festival in Fall, 2007). In the end of May, we had the honor of performing the program “Purcell, Händel and Haydn: A tribute to the anniversary of the three masters” in the prestigious Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk festival in Austria and during the Stadstournee project at the Nieuwe Kerk in Den Haag. In June, CMDH made its debut at the Festival Classique, performing Purcell’s "Dido & Aeneas" at the festival’s main stage. Another debut took place in August, when the orchestra performed at the esteemed MAfestival in Brugge.

In 2010 CMDH was one of the five ensembles chosen to represent the Dutch early music scene at the Showcase Early Music, organized by the Music Center the Netherlands during the Early Music Festival in Utrecht.
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