Notturna is a Montreal-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of early music written especially for wind instruments. The ensemble’s inaugural concert of Mozart wind octets in January 2006 was a live-to-air broadcast on the CBC. The members of the ensemble are all distinguished performers who specialize in historical performance of the 18th and 19th centuries. Directed by oboist Christopher Palameta, Notturna was a finalist at the 2007 International Historical Wind Instruments Competition in Antwerp, Belgium. The ensemble has recorded chamber recitals for broadcast on the Bravo television network, and its concerts are often broadcast by Radio-Canada.
Notturna was a guest at the 2008 Festival Montréal Baroque, and in 2009 will participate at the Festival international de musique baroque de Lamèque as well as the Montreal Highlights Festival. Notturna draws on the transparency and expressiveness of early wind instruments to paint fresh pictures of an unexplored historical repertoire. Since its inception, the ensemble has cultivated a unique rapport with the Berlin composer Johann Gottlieb Janitsch. In collaboration with ATMA Classique as well as with the Scottish publishing house Prima la musica! (Arbroath, Scotland), Notturna’s mandate is to expose the public to his neglected masterworks, many of which have yet to be published and recorded.