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.
After acclaimed concerts in Brussels (Bozar – Palais des Beaux-Arts) and Paris (Auditorium du Louvre), Les Ambassadeurs and Alexis Kossenko have performed in France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Belgium (opening concert of the Bruges Festival in 2012), the Netherlands, Danemark. They have a regular collaboration with singers such as Sabine Devieilhe, Anders Dahlin, Delphine Galou.
In 2013 Les Ambassadeurs started a serie of recordings called "l'orchestra di Dresda". Their first recording, devoted to Vivaldi, received accolades from the critics. Another CD recording, including pieces by Rameau with the soprano Sabine Devieilhe, will be released in November 2013 (on the label Warner Classics / Erato - previously EMI Classics).