Artists biographies
Profeti della Quinta

Focusing on repertoire from the 16th and early 17th centuries, the vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta aims to create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today. In particular, this is achieved through addressing the music performance practices of the period. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates with instrumentalists and additional singers where required.

Ensemble Profeti della Quinta was founded in the Galilee region of Israel by the bass singer and harpsichordist Elam Rotem, and is currently based in Basel, Switzerland, where its members undertook further studies of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The Israeli ensemble collaborates regularly with colleagues from Switzerland, Japan and Australia, sharing with them similar musical ideas.

Profeti della Quinta have been active in performing and researching hitherto neglected repertoire, such as Emilio de' Cavalieri's Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi's Hashirim asher li'Shlomo (1623), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew, which they also recorded to critical acclaim. In July 2011 the ensemble won the York Early music young artists competition, and ever since it performs regularly in prestigious music festivals and venues around the world. These include the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht (the Netherlands), the Festival of St. Michel en Thierarche (France), Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany) and many more. Highlights of 2014 include the ensembles' debuts in the USA and in Japan, as well concerts in Canada, Germany, Austria and France.

The ensemble has recorded a number of CD's for PAN Classics and Linn Records, including music by Salomone Rossi as well as Rotem's work »Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli«. In 2012 Profeti della Quinta took part in a documentary film about Salomone Rossi, flimed in his hometown of Mantua. Many of the ensemble's concerts were broadcast live or recorded by classical radio channels in the United Kingdom (BBC3), France, Switzerland, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries.