The Divertimento Ensemble was founded in 1977 by several of the most important musicians in Milan, in collaboration with many other internationally renowned instrumentalists. With Sandro Gorli as director, the Ensemble quickly attained considerable success both in Italy and abroad, with over 1000 concerts and 10 CDs to its credit to date. In 1978, only its second year in existence, the Ensemble was included in the prestigious programmes of Milans Societa de Quartetto and the Musica nel Nostro Tempo music festival.
Over seventy composers have dedicated new compositions to the Divertimento Ensemble. These works, and many others, have helped consolidate one of the worlds most inclusive and up-to-date repertoires of new music, both Italian and international.
The Ensemble has held concerts in France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austrian, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, United States, Japan and Russia, as well as the most important cities of Italy.
The Ensemble has taken part in the most important contemporary music festivals in Europe, and has been invited to participate in the Venice Biennale nine times between 1979 and 2007.
For a number of years, in addition to its concert performances, the Ensemble has been strongly committed to the promotion musical education, taking and active part in the orchestra conducting courses, held actually by Maestro Gorli. This program is dedicated specifically to music from the early 20th century up to the present day.
More information about the Divertimento Ensemble on its official website: http://www.divertimentoensemble.org/