Early music ensemble “Fronimo” was founded by award-winning soprano Yeela Avital, Israel’s leading early music vocalist, Harp virtuoso Sarah Ridy (l’arpeggiata, Vox Luminis among others) and lutenist and violinist Eitan Hoffer (Barrocade – Israel’s leading early music ensemble) to perform the intimate, but theatrical, expressive and colourful music of the “Stile Rappresentativo”, the transition from the Renaissance style to the early baroque, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Together with Viola da Gamba player Alon Portal the ensemble presents a rich accompaniment for the vocal works and varied instrumental pieces.
Fronimo ensemble has performed with success in festivals and concerts in Israel and in the Netherlands.
The ensemble specializes in the music of the “Florentine Camerata“, with composers such as Giulio Caccini (who was a virtuoso singer and player of the harp and lute), Monteverdi and Frescobaldi.
The name “Fronimo” comes from the title of a book by the lutenist Vincenzo Galilei (father of the famous astronomer) who was an important member of the “Camerata de’ Bardi”, and one of the inventors of the new musical style which led to the development of the opera.