Founded in 1986 by harpsichordist Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante is a unique example of an instrumental ensemble performing Renaissance and Baroque music, which transforms into a triptych, presenting various repertoire from the very rich musical period - the years 1500 - 1750: Capriccio Stravagante, Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra and Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons.
The ensembles, ranging from three to seventy musicians from Canada, the United States and Europe, which keep exchanging their line-ups and engaging representatives of the young generations, raised on the albums and musical aesthetic of Capriccio Stravagante, from the very beginning creates a certain “domestic style” - bold, striking, disquieting and dubbed the initiator of the new interpretation standards.
Their ambitious, demanding work, as well as their struggle to find the kaleidoscopic sound specific for every repertoire, proper technical and musical approach to every epoch, as well as their freedom of expression, both individual and as an ensemble are the common ground for these three groups, which can be joined by choirs and soloists, depending on the programme. Regardless of whom they are, it is always about making a place for expanding upon the infinite possibilities.
The ensemble performed early music on the greatest musical stages worldwide, including the Terpsichore Festival in Paris, established by Skip Sempé in 2014. Moreover, the group also released a broad discography on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Astrée, Alpha, Teldec and (since 2006) Paradizo labels. Among the artists and ensembles, who collaborated with Capriccio Stravagante over the years, we can list Julien Martin, Josh Cheatham, Olivier Fortin, Sophie Gent, Doron Sherwin, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent.