Ensemble Masques

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Ensemble Masques

Eary Music Ensemble

• Founded 1996


Ensemble Masques is a Montreal-based early music group, founded in 1996 by director and harpsichordist Olivier Fortin. Winner of the Grand Prize in the Dorian Early Music America Competition in 2000, the ensemble was selected as the finalist of the York Early Music Competition in 2001. Ensemble Masques was named after the Elizabethan masques, a form that blended music, poetry, dance, and drama. Made up of six performers, the group specializes in 17th and 18th century repertoire, and has recorded works by Georg Phillipp Telemann, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johan Rosenmüller, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Ensemble Masques has toured Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and recorded for Alpha, ATMA Classique, Zig Zag Territoires, Analekta, and Dorian.