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Formed in Vienna in October 2004, the group quickly established itself as one of Europe’s premier vocal ensembles. Cinquecento aims to bring the lesser-known sixteenth-century choral repertoire from the courts of imperial Austria to a wider public, as well as performing a varied range of Renaissance polyphony with a view to illuminating to audiences the kaleidoscopic diversity of compositional styles operating within Europe over the period. Recent interest from modern composers has also seen the ensemble add a variety of contemporary works to its repertoire.
Aside from numerous performances in Austria, the ensemble continues to forge a busy international touring schedule. Performances abroad have taken them to Belgium, Holland, Poland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, the Czech Republic, South Korea, the USA and Canada. Alongside the many accolades lavished on the group’s recordings, 2009 saw Cinquecento awarded the highly prized ‘Deutschlandfunk-Förderpreis’ for outstanding promise by the Musikfest Bremen. Since September 2005, Cinquecento has been ‘Ensemble in Residence’ at the church of St Rochus and Sebastian in Vienna, performing a polyphonic Mass-setting each week.
Since 2006 Cinquecento has been recording for Hyperion, focusing on Habsburg court composers from the sixteenth century.