About the ensemble
who we are & what inspires us
Baroque violin & Direction
Viola da Gamba
Harpsichord & Organ
Theorbo & Baroque guitar
Founded by Leonor de Lera in 2015, L’Estro d’Orfeo has been labelled by the critics as an “ensemble of exceptional quality”. They specialise in instrumental music of the seventeenth century, making use of period instruments and with a historically informed approach in line with the aesthetics of the time. Their purpose is to bring forward the instrumental music that marked the beginning of a new era and a new concept in music: instrumental virtuosity.
L’Estro d’Orfeo takes its name and inspiration from the Greek legend of Orpheus. Son of the god Apollo, god of the music and the arts; and Calliope, the muse of poetry and eloquence; Orpheus inherited from them the gift of music and poetry. As Apollo was considered the best musician amongst the gods, so Orpheus was considered the best musician amongst the mortals.
L’Estro d’Orfeo released their debut CD “Altri Canti d’Amor” in September 2017 under the Dutch label Challenge Classics, which received fantastic reviews on some of the leading classical music magazines. Their second CD “L’Arte di diminuire” was released in March 2020.