Heliosfero is a music workshop, a combination of a changing ensemble and a music academy, under the artistic direction of violinist Rebecca Huber, based in the Netherlands.
Heliosfero was launched in 2020 as a continuation under a new name of Symphonie Atlantique. Heliosfero Conducts research, performs and teaches classical music from the age of 16e century, always based on historical research and using instruments from the time of composition. All members of Heliosfero's core group are well-known professional performing musicians as well as music teachers. They each bring their own specialized expertise and inspire each other through collaboration.
The name Heliosfero means "heliosphere," the solar sphere of our solar system. This refers to the range our music already has, where Voyager probes have transported some world-famous terrestrial musical pieces through space to the heliosphere. The name gives Heliosfero's mission again to reach out as far as possible to bring the beauty of classical music to everyone. Together, the ensemble and the music academy strive for more , to increase the reach, awareness and accessibility of classical music from the 16th to the 21st centuries around the world.
Whether Heliosfero is performing in a café or at the Royal Concertgebouw, giving face-to-face private lessons to a promising student, or introducing a group of interested young people on another continent to the baroque violin via Zoom, our musicians approach each performance and lesson with the same passion and maintain our standard of musical excellence.
Our passion: playing together in our workshop, our laboratory, searching for the music behind the composition.
Heliosfero does not limit historically informed practice to "early music," but applies it to classical music from the 16th through the 21st centuries. This is reflected both in the programming of our performances and in the music lessons on (copies of) instruments from different periods.
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Heliosfero aims to increase local audiences in the Netherlands and expand its network in countries that integrate historically informed music programs into their educational and concert circuits. We strive to achieve our expansive goals by removing socio-economic, socio-cultural and/or geographical constraints:
In addition to live performances and lessons, Heliosfero is also systematically using digital, online technologies to break down both economic and geographical barriers and reach more people. This applies both to streaming live concerts and to offering online music lessons in multiple languages.
Heliosfero aims not only at existing audiences but also at new audiences belonging to less obvious or privileged groups. The ensemble does this by performing in traditional concert halls as well as in more intimate settings such as public galleries, cafes and private homes, and in special locations such as hospitals, prisons and business premises. In addition to lessons, the music academy offers public lectures and free master classes for aspiring professional musicians. Registration for the lessons is open to all serious music students, for example in preparation for admission to a conservatory. For those for whom cost is an objection, Heliosfero offers support in fundraising and scholarships.
All of our projects include at least one, and often several, elements of the "broadening" ambitions described above.
Heliosfero is the continuation of the ensemble Symphonie Atlantique founded in 2012 as a vibrant new ensemble, based in The Hague, that has reshaped repertoire from the classical and romantic periods.
Led by the violin by Rebecca Huber, each member of the conductorless ensemble worked closely together to find a common interpretation of each composition they performed. From the perspective that "nothing is crazier than the past," Symphonie Atlantique is passionate about creating programs and concert experiences based on historical institutions, when the audience was encouraged to participate and the rules that govern concert etiquette today didn' t exist.
The ensemble has already performed frequently throughout the Netherlands and toured in Spain and Mexico. In 2015, Symphonie Atlantique experienced their Concertgebouw debut in Amsterdam, performing Giulio Cesare entirely without a conductor, and in the past 2 years they have also performed at the Vredenburg with the Van Swieten Society, with Opera2Day in Festival Klassiek and at the Nieuwekerk in The Hague.