From Florestan Recital Project
Since its inception in 2001, Florestan Recital Project has emerged as a premier presenter of song collaborations in North America. The ensemble has garnered international critical acclaim for its groundbreaking, meticulously researched programming, delighting audiences with its “deeply felt, and impeccably prepared” performances. (The Boston Globe) Florestan Recital Project takes its name from the fiery character of Florestan, one of the creative alter egos of composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856). In addition to composing approximately 150 songs that are cornerstones of the genre, Schumann left an immense legacy of music and writings, and he invented the revolutionary character of Florestan as a voice for many of his most impetuous and passionate works. Led by Artistic Directors Alison d'Amato and Aaron Engebreth, Florestan Recital Project brings that fiery passion to its intrepid exploration of the full spectrum of song repertoire. Florestan's deep commitment to the vitality of art song tradition is seen in its long-standing efforts to foster the development of young musicians and composers. In addition to the group's critically acclaimed recordings and live performances, Florestan offers popular masterclasses and educational residencies.