The solo vocal ensemble Voces Suaves from Basel gives historically informed performances of the music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Its warm, full-bodied sound and nuanced musical rhetoric make this ensemble’s interpretations unique and give their performances an emotional immediacy.
Voces Suaves was founded by Tobias Wicky in 2012 and comprises a core of eight professional singers, most of whom have a connection to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since 2016, the ensemble has worked without a permanent music director, developing their programmes on a collective basis. In this way, each individual member is required to exercise their creative drive, and all bear equal artistic responsibility. The line-up of the ensemble varies from programme to programme. When necessary, instrumentalists are also engaged. Voces Suaves has been invited to leading festivals across Europe, including the Festival d’Ambronay, the Ravenna Festival, the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Oslo International Church Music Festival, the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. They have also been invited to sing at the Berlin State Opera. From 2014 to 2016, the ensemble was part of “eeemerging”, the European funding programme for emerging ensembles. They enjoy collaborations with renowned ensembles such as the Ensemble Concerto Scirocco, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Concerto Romano, Capriccio Stravaganza and the Capricornus Consort Basel. These make it possible for them to perform works needing larger forces. Voces Suaves also has a long-standing collaboration with the organists Michelle Vannelli, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher and Johannes Strobl.
Voces Suaves has released various recordings since 2015 on the labels Claves, Ambronay éditions, Arcana (Outhere Music) and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. They have also been awarded various international prizes including the Diapason d’Or, the Diapason Découverte and the Choc de Classica.