The Svapinga Consort combines the sweet sound of historical instruments with a rhetorical, speaking style of playing. Its musicians are characterised by a special passion for stylistic diversity, artistic self-reflection and interpretative consistency. In innovative formats and unconventional concepts, the ensemble brings music from the Renaissance to the early 20th century to life and makes it a sensual experience. The Svapinga Consort is led by Maria Raffaele (oboe) and Sofya Gandilyan (keyboard instruments). For larger ensembles, Amy Shen (violin & viola) and Anderson Fiorelli (violoncello) regularly participate, with other musicians joining in depending on the repertoire. In Munich, the ensemble has been organising its own concert series since 2016, as well as an extensive educational programme for younger people. In addition, the ensemble regularly performs in Germany and abroad and cooperates with ensembles such as InVocare Basel and the Freiburg Chamber Choir. The Svapinga Consort has a special focus on German court music. From the Munich court chapel under Orlando di Lasso in the 16th century to Pisendel’s famous Dresden orchestra, these ensembles have long been musical melting pots and centres of attraction for musicians from all over Europe. The diversity of repertoire, instruments and instrumentation that lies dormant here is constantly being explored and translated into sound by the members of the Svapinga Consort. Other focal points of the ensemble are the music of the seconda pratica around 1600 as well as wind chamber music of the 19th century. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)



SOFYA GANDILYAN, a native of Russia, is a harpsichordist harpsichordist, fortepiano player and musicologist. Sofya is a prize-winner of the 2nd prize of the oldest early music competition “Musica Antiqua” in (2015) in Bruges and the special prize of the jury at the Harpsichord Competition “Prague Spring” (2012). In addition she has been awarded several scholarships, including the DAAD Prize (Germany), the scholarship of the Austrian Baroque Academy, the Shostakovich Scholarship (Russia). In 2012 Sofya earned a doctorate with the thesis “J. J. Froberger and his Claviermusik” at the Moscow State P.I. the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2013 Sofya completed her master’s degree (majoring in – harpsichord, basso continuo) with Prof. A. M. Spaans at the Trossingen State University of Music with distinction. with distinction. She went on to study harpsichord and fortepiano at the at the University of Music and Theatre Munich in the class of Prof. Chr. Schornsheim, she completed both courses with distinction. At present Sofya teaches harpsichord and fortepiano as an assistant to Chr. Schornsheim, Sofya currently teaches harpsichord and fortepiano at the Musikhochschule Munich. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


MARIA RAFFAELE’s passion for music-making began at a young age at home with her family, and she soon studied clarinet, piano, oboe and voice in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia (USA). Through her music studies at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (CH) and the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye aux Dames/ Université de Poitiers (FR), she received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in modern and historical oboe. During this time important companions and teachers were Katharina Arfken, Antoine Torunczyk, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Alfredo Bernardini and Lorenzo Coppola. Maria’s career bridges the gap between historical and modern oboe playing. She performs regularly with numerous ensembles such as Les Folies Françoises, Les Paladins, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Petite Bande and the Capriccio Baroque Orchestra. A dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, she founded the Munich early music ensemble Svapinga Consort with harpsichordist and organist Robert Selinger in 2016. In 2018, she began doctoral studies in musicology at the Université de Poitiers. She teaches oboe as part of the Démos project of the Philharmonie de Paris, has taught baroque music history at the musicology department of the Université de Tours, works as a web editor for medici.tv and is a freelance translator, writer and graphic designer. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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