Estonian Early Music Ensemble Floridante was founded in Tallinn in 2014. Initially comprised of four members, Floridante today involves a few dozen Estonian musicians with a passion for Early Music. Though named after G. F. Händels opera, Floridante’s repertoire reaches far beyond German high baroque. Floridante has been performing programs from nuove musiche, French baroque, Bach & Händel, Empfindsamkeit, to early Romanticism. Among others, a program of yet undiscovered Baltic-German lied-composers was undertaken in cooperation with the Estonian National Library.
Since 2015, Floridante is Ensemble in Residence at the Haapsalu Early Music Festival. Since 2017, Floridante has been organizing the ‘Gambavaim’ – annual viola da gamba festival with workshops on Estonian island Hiiumaa.
Over the years, Floridante has gained a prominent position in Estonian classical music scene and has been performing numerous festivals in and out of its native country. In 2019, Floridante’s debute CD ‘Amarilli mia bella’ was released by Estonian Record Productions.