Irmgard Schaller

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Arcomelos is a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of chamber music from the 17th-century to the present day. Performing on period instruments, Arcomelos was founded by Richard Gwilt and Irmgard Schaller as an "umbrella" ensemble allowing us to indulge our stylistic expertise in music from the early baroque through the classical to the contemporary. Recent concerts have seen us appearing as a duo, a string trio, a trio sonata with sackbut, a string quartet and a sextet with singer (two tours in Switzerland).
As for our name, Arco (Italian for bow), melos (Greek for song, melody), hence Arcomelos, "to sing with the bow" or "the melodious bow" . Also, most certainly not coincidentally, Arcomelo was Arcangelo Corelli's membership name in the Arcadian Academy in Rome.
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