Zefunot Culture introduced the Ensemble to its audience in 2011 and awarded scholarships to promote the musicians'professional advancement.
"A virtuoso performance of the kind we have not heard for a long time… The church was crowded with an audience that was clearly not typical of this kind of music, but everybody hushed with wonder at the sound of Vivaldi’s music… The storm of applause did not allow Avital and the ensemble to go offstage without giving an encore."
Noam Ben Ze’ev, HaAretz
Founded in 2007 by a group of passionate young musicians led by viola da gamba player Amit Tiefenbrunn, the Barrocade ensemble is now one of the most outstanding ensembles on the Israeli musical scene. Barrocade has been appearing in all the major concert halls in Israel, among them the prestigious Tel-Aviv Museum, where it gave a series of concerts. It also participated in all of Israel’s major festivals, including the Israel Festival. Lead violinist Shlomit Sivan is the group’s general manager.
The ensemble members, all graduates of leading European academies, specialize in early music, and play period instruments. The ensemble’s string instruments were built by its music director Amit Tiefenbrunn, and the bows by lute player Eitan Hoffer. Some of Israel’s best musicians play with the ensemble. Among them are Shai Kribus, Yigal Kaminka, and Ofer Frenkel, who take part in the performances, sharing their time between Israel and Europe.
Barrocade normally plays without a conductor, after the custom of the Baroque era, but collaborates with international conductors in performing large Baroque pieces such as oratorios and operas. The ensemble is famous for its rich sound that is owed to its large and varied basso continuo section.
Over the years, Barrocade has collaborated with many international musicians. Among them were conductors Philip Picket, David Stern, Matthew Halls and Shalev Ad-El; violinists Patrick Cohen-Akenine and Kati Debretzeni; and singers Marten Engeltjes, Marek Rzebka, Markus Ullmann and Robert Sellier.
In 2011, the instrumental ensemble was joined by Barrocade Vocale, a group of 5-8 singers founded by Ye’ela Avital and Yizhar Karshon. The singers now take part in Barrocade’s different projects, from Monteverdi madrigals to Bach cantatas and Handel operas.
Barrocade appeared in the Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival in Croatia, and was granted the Prize of the Excelling Concert. It has also represented Israel in concerts in Florida, USA, and in Tbilisi, Georgia. It participated in the performance of Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen in Israel and in London’s Wigmore Hall, in collaboration with the British Ensemble Retrospect.