For its third edition, the REMA Early Music Award will be given to the San Colombano Museum which hosts the Tagliavini Collection, and to the talented soprano Emma Kirkby who dedicated her career to Early Music, as an artist and mentor for several generations of musicians.
The Awards ceremony took place in Mdina (Malta) on 21 January 2018, followed by a concert of the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (VIBE) in the frame of the Valletta International Baroque Festival and REMA general assembly, co-organized with the historic Teatru Manoel.
The REMA Early Music Award has been established in order to recognise ensembles and institutions who have given outstanding contributions to the study and popularisation of Early Music.
Recipients of the first awards in 2015 were The Hilliard Ensemble and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the second awards in 2016 were presented to Benjamin Bagby and to the project Early Music Sources. REMA is the only representative network for Early Music in Europe. Since 2000, he represents 80 active member organisations in 20 European countries.
REMA is engaged in rediscovering and promoting European musical heritage, by disseminating ideas and research. He intends to support the artistic development of his member organisations and the early music sector throughout Europe in general, facilitating the highest musical and artistic quality and taking its geographical diversity as a major asset. REMA aims to shape the future of early music by developing cooperation between the various stakeholders together to join voices as well as various projects promoting Early Music sector: conferences for its members, the European Day of Early Music, the Early Music Award, a showcase for young artists, a web early music radio.
San Colombano Museum in Bologna (Italy) preserves the antique musical instrument Collection, donated by the Maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, a Bolognese organist and musician. A unique and precious Collection that includes about 90 functioning instruments: clavichords, harpsichords, organs, spinets, pianos; a collection of wind and folk instruments and a group of automatic instruments. The history of the Collection started in 1969 when Tagliavini bought a 16th century spinet in Bologna and then the large harpsichord with 3 stops, built in 1679 by Giovanni Battista Giusti and still considered one of the most important pieces of the Collection. From that moment onwards, the real collecting research began. «Each new instrument provided a contribution to the knowledge of constructive or sound characteristics of the harpsichords », wrote Tagliavini more than 20 years ago.
Dame Emma Kirkby is an English soprano and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists. Her major contribution to the development and the dissemination of early music includes a countless number of concerts and master classes all over the world and more than 100 recordings. Her entry in The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2008) reads: Her uncommonly pure, crystalline voice, deployed with minimal vibrato, her natural declamation, agile coloratura and her sensitivity to words have been widely admired by interpreters of early, Renaissance and Baroque music and have served as a model for many specialists in this repertory.