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Manfredo KraemerHe began his violin studies in Córdoba, Argentina. In 1984, he went to live in Germany, where he studied at the Cologne University of Music (Hochschule für Musik Köln) with Professor Franzjosef Maier. In 1985, together with colleagues from University, he was cofounder of Concerto Köln Orchestra. In 1986, Reinhard Goebel invited Manfredo to join Musica Antiqua Köln, a group whose distinctive style became remarkably well-known in the field of baroque music. Within the next years, he travelled all around Europe, Asia, Oceania, North and South America, performing both as soloist and conductor and offering over one-hundred concerts a year. In addition, he participated in several television and radio presentations, and recorded in many occasions for the Archiv label of the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft as well. In late 1991, he began working as a freelance musician and was invited to play by the most
renowned baroque music directors such as René Jacobs, Franz Brüggen, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Gabriel Garrido, Jos van Immerseel, etc. He also collaborated with various ensembles such as Cantus Cölln, Musica ad Rhenum, Capriccio Stravagante, Les Cyclopes, etc. By being cofounder in some of these ensembles, the fruits of his labour were fulfilled when many of these interpretations were highly praised and rewarded, making him one of the most famous and interesting baroque violinists of nowadays. Since 1991, Manfredo got very closed to Jordi Savall, a famed viol player and conductor from Catalunya, by becoming the principal first violin player in Savall’s orchestra Le Concert des Nations and Hesperion XXI group. He has taught violin in several conservatories of the United States, Europe, Far East and Latin
America, and has been invited to participate as director in Canada, Australia and in numerous cities of South America and Europe as well. He also holds a chair for baroque violin at ESMUC (Escola Superior de
Música de Catalunya), in Barcelona. In 1996, he created The Rare Fruits Council, an instrumental ensemble. Its recordings have ever since been both highly recognised and prized. In year 2000, La Barroca del Suquía (, was founded in Córdoba, Argentina. With its characteristic original baroque instruments, it is now thought to be one of the best musical ensembles in Latin America, offering master pieces of the baroque repertoire in their original versions, never seen before in the American continent. In 2009, Manfredo Kraemer and La Barroca del Suquía were awarded the Konex prize “Merit Diploma”.
At the present time, he performs as mentor and artistic director of “Camino de las Estancias”, an international baroque music festival, which is held every year in Córdoba ever since 2002. His baroque violin interpretations have been praised by the press all over the world. The recordings of Harmonia-Artificioso-Ariosa and Sonatae tam Aris quam Aulis servientes by H. I. F. Biber with his ensemble The Rare Fruits Council, have won the Diapason d’Or, the 10 de Repertoire and the Grand Prix de l'Academie du Disque, and are regarded since as the reference recordings of these works. Other recordings include the world premiere Speelstukken by the violin virtuoso and composer David Petersen, and more recently L’Ange et le Diable (works by J.M.Leclair and P.Locatelli), and the controversial Triosonatas (10 de Repertoire, Repertoire wrote: „Sensational“). 2 Diapason, Diapason wrote: „Un disque a oublier“, and Gramophone: „Genteel and polite they are not; rather, they embrace the music with an inspiriting boisterousness and wholeheartedness which completely involves the listener“) by J. S. Bach.

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