Les Ambassadeurs and Alexis Kossenko realize a dream of a European orchestra reconciling the performance on period instruments with a wide repertoire hitherto fragmented by specialization. Like their concertmaster Zefira Valova, the musicians are sincere messengers, passionate performers and inspired creators with the mission to share with as wide a public as possible the infinite range of emotions conveyed by the experience of music.
Tracing their path away from dogmas, fashions and schools, Les Ambassadeurs pursue an ideal of eloquence – where the grammar of period instruments, the art of rhetoric and musical instinct do not exclude each other.
Among their various projects, which include Bach, Rameau, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Stravinsky or Debussy, Les Ambassadeurs place a particular importance on the rediscovery of the Dresden Hofkapelle in the time of Bach, then described as “the most beautiful orchestra in the world” for its exemplary discipline, virtuosity of its musicians, its shimmering colors which made it the first “modern” orchestra. It was also an extraordinary initiative which brought together musicians from throughout Europe. It is indeed in Dresden that Italian, French and German styles unite and give birth to the “Goûts Réunis” treasured by Telemann.
Two very successful recordings have been released with Les Ambassadeurs: "per l'Orchestra di Dresda" (Vivaldi Programm, Alpha Classics) as well as pieces by Rameau with Sabine Devieihle (for Warner Classics Erato).