Ensemble Aedes has been appointed Associate Artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac in 2014.
Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Mathieu Romano, the choral ensemble Aedes performs a variety of music, ranging from famous or unknown choral pieces of early Renaissance masters to contemporary works by 20th- and 21st-century composers.
The group is composed, according to programs, of sixteen to forty professionnal singers. The ensemble's musical accomplishments include performances of a'capella music, oratorios and opera on stage and various programs for mixed chorus and piano, or instruments.
The ensemble works regularly with well known groups such as Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Artistic Director : Jérémie Rhorer), Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Artistic Director : Marc Minkowski), the Philharmonic orchestra of Radio France, the Latvian Radio Choir or La Maîtrise de Paris (Artistic Director : Patrick Marco).
The Ensemble has performed in Paris at the famous Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Auditorium du Louvre, Auditorium du Musée d’Orsay, Théâtre de l’Athénée at the Royal Opera of Versailles, at the Opera of Bordeaux, and in a great number of festivals in France : Saint-Denis, La Chaise-Dieu, Ambronay, Radio France & Montpellier, Auditorium in Dijon, Theatre in Caen, at the Théâtre Impérial in Compiègne, Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes, Festival de Pâques in Deauville, Auvers-sur-Oise, Beaune, Noirlac.
In 2014, the ensemble will sing the choral part of two productions of the Festival d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence.
Performing contemporary works by 20th- and 21st-century composers take an important part of the activities of the group. In 2008, ensemble Aedes premiered a commissioned work by composer Philippe Hersant. In 2011, it premiered an oratorio chorus by Thierry Machuel for the Festival de Clairvaux. In 2012, it performed Furcht und Zittern by Brice Pauset together with the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne for the first time in France. Works by Philippe Fénelon, Jonathan Harvey, Aurélien Dumont and Philip Lawson belong to the ensemble's repertoire.
The group frequently collborates with other musicians and invites conductors or well known personnalities to work with them : Hervé Niquet for french baroque music, Joël Suhubiette for the 2Oth century a'capella repertoire, Catherine Simonpietri for contemporary works, Dominique Visse for Renaissance songs.
In 2007, Ensemble Aedes has recorded Via crucis, devoted to composer Franz Liszt. In 2011, it has recorded a'capella Ludus verbalis devoted to 20th century secular music (released by Eloquentia /Harmonia Mundi) and has won a "Diapason découverte" and a prize from the deutsche Schallplattenkritik. The second a'cappella recording : Ludus verbalis, volume II was released by Eloquentia / Harmonia Mundi in November 2012 and has won a "Diapason d’or". In September 2013 Instants limites devoted to composer Philippe Hersant was released by Aeon / Harmonia Mundi.