Ingenium Ensemble

INGENIUM ENSEMBLE is a mixed vocal group of six young experienced singers, four of whom are siblings, from the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The group was founded in autumn 2009 performing on 13th November 2009 for the first time. Since then they have given numerous concerts and performances both in Slovenia and abroad.

In 2012, Ingenium Ensemble attended master class with VOCES8 during Europa Cantat Festival in Turin, Italy and with its artistic director Barnaby Smith one year later. In 2013, they worked with Stephen Connoly and Emma Kirkby. Furthermore, they also worked with the German vocal ensemble Singer Pur.

In April 2013, the ensemble participated at the International Choral Competition in Bad Ischl, Austria and won the title of absolute winners achieving first place in categories of sacred music and free programme.

In May 2014, it received the audience award and the special award (presented by the host group Amarcord) for the best unamplified a cappella group as well as the best performed unamplified song at the International Competition A Cappella in Leipzig, Germany. In August 2014, it won the vocal group category and the Renaissance category at the international competition Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy. In November 2014, it won both secular and profane category and also received the public award at the prestigious International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain.

The ensemble has also performed as a guest artist at various international festivals in Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Italy, France, and in the Czech Republic.

In 2014, the ensemble released their first musical album “Ingenium”. In 2015, it recorded music by Josquin Desprez and Jean Richafort in collaboration with the British vocal ensemble Apollo5.

The ensemble mostly performs madrigals and motets from Renaissance period, arrangements of Slovenian folksongs and new contemporary pieces composed by young Slovenian authors. The main purpose of the ensemble is presenting rarely performed or even unknown masterpieces, promoting young composers and growing in quality of the sound and performance itself.

In January 2015, Ingenium Ensemble received the Golden Emblem for outstanding achievements in vocal music by JSKD (Public Fund of Slovenia for Cultural Activities).