Passion and poetry, virtuosity and tenderness, consonance and dissonance: uniting these qualities is what shapes the unique artistic vision of Harmonie Universelle. This vision mirrors the ideal of the French scholar Marin Mersenne, and his portrayal of the world as a harmonious whole.
Harmonie Universelle brings together international musicians, in constellations ranging all the way from a chamber music duo to a large orchestra, in order to explore the vast repertoire of seventeenth and eighteenth century music. Leading the ensemble are German violinist Florian Deuter and Argentine violinist Mónica Waisman. Members come from Italy, Hungary, France, Austria, England, Holland, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain, as well as Japan, the United States, Canada, Colombia and Australia.
Since its creation, the ensemble has been a regular guest at leading music festivals and on concert stages throughout Europe, including the Utrecht Festival of Early Music, the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Musikfest Bremen, the Festival d'Ambronay, the Festival de Música Antigua de Barcelona, Styriarte in Graz, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Versailles, the Cologne Philharmonic, and many more.
The outstanding interpretations of Harmonie Universelle can be heard on CD recordings by the French label Eloquentia and the German label Accent, which have garnered numerous awards from the international press.
Since 2008, Harmonie Universelle produces its own concert series in Cologne and NRW, in which the ensemble regularly presents innovative new programs.