About

The orchestra

Lively · Surprising · Passionate

Since 2008, Les Passions de l'Âme, Bern's orchestra for Early Music, under the artistic direction of violinist Meret Lüthi, has been providing fresh listening. With its unmistakable «feu sacré» and great readiness to take risks, the international orchestra hauls historical treasures into the present and bestows the audience with the authentic radiance of the epoch in which they were composed.

Quality · Professionalism · Internationality

The musicians of Les Passions de l'Âme are specialists in historically informed performance practice who work throughout Europe as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians and as lecturers for institutions such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Belgian Baroque Orchestra B'Rock, the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles and the Hochschule der Künste Bern.

Compelling team spirit · Innovative programmes

With unique programme creations such as «Dreigestirn», «Fenomeni» or «Speranza» and commented concerts, the «top-class baroque ensemble» (Schaffhauser Nachrichten 2012) arouses curiosity towards unknown as well as familiar repertoire of the 17th - 19th centuries. In its own successful concert series «Spot on Early Music» in Bern, it tempts the audience to become accomplices. Long-standing cooperation partnerships (e.g. with the Zentrum Paul Klee, the Bernese Münster Children's and Youth Choir, the University of Bern and Solomon's Knot from London), innovative concert formats such as «From the Salon to the Concert Hall» and dedicated music outreach projects (e.g. academy for professionals and amateurs) inspire its Bern concert activities.

Orchestra on the road · International get-together

«Switzerland’s most famous baroque ensemble» (24 heures, 2016) celebrated highlights throughout Europe as a guest at the Festival van Vlaanderen (2020), at the Händel-Festspiele Halle (2019), at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta (2019), at the Musikfest Stuttgart (2018), at the Concentus Moraviae (2018), the Schwetzinger Festspiele (2018), the International Bach Festival Schaffhausen (2018), the Arolser Barock-Festspiele (2018), with the staged «Marienvesper» in cooperation with the Lucerne Theatre (2017), the London Festival of Baroque Music (2017), the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (2018 and 2016), the Lucerne Festival (2015), the London Handel Festival (2015), the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (2014), at the celebrations for the European Capital of Culture Riga (2014), at the Concertgebouw Brugge (2022, 2015 and 2013) and in concerts with Kristian Bezuidenhout, Hana Blažíková, Simone Kermes, Nuria Rial, Carolyn Sampson, Dorothee Oberlinger and Hans-Christoph Rademann.

Radio · TV · Press · Awards

Radio and television stations throughout Europe regularly broadcast Les Passions de l'Âme’s concerts (including SRF 2 Kultur, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Espace 2, BBC, BR, WDR, SWR, HR, Latvijas Radio, concertzender.nl, Radio Klara, Arte). The ensemble’s concerts and recordings regularly incite euphoric critics in the international press. The CDs «Spicy» (2013) and «Schabernack» (2017), each awarded the Diapason d'or, «Bewitched» (2014), granted with the Supersonic Award, «Variety» (2019), winner of an OPUS KLASSIK, as well as «Divina» (2020) and «Harmonia Artificioso-Ariosa» (2021) were all released on the Sony Music label (deutsche harmonia  mundi).