Driven by the desire to revive the music of the greatest Baroque composers, Daniel Cuiller created Stradivaria in 1987. Before this, he had already achieved great success, enjoying a first-rate reputation at both a national and international level.
Stradivaria is principally a string ensemble, but its size changes according to the works performed. Stradivaria players are driven by the same desire as their conductor: to revive the style, phrasing, ornamentations and tones of the Baroque in the most appropriate way in order to faithfully reconstruct the sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries.
In their approach to performing Baroque music, these expert performers have created what has come to be known as the “Stradivaria sound”; rich and vibrant, full of life, imbued with tenderness and poetry, instantly recognisable. Stradivaria has performed on concert platforms across France (Ambronay, la Chaise-Dieu and Sablé sur Sarthe to name but a few) and further afield (the Folle Journée in Japan – Tokyo, Niigata and Kanasawa, the Festival Croisement in Beijing-China, the Hanoï Opera and the Concours International de Chant Lyrique de St. Petersburg in Russia) as well as accompanying operas.Since January 2006, Stradivaria has been Nantes’ permanent Baroque ensemble in residence.
Stradivaria has been signed exclusively to the Mirare label since 2005 and regularly releases new recordings that are praised by music critics nationally and internationally. The recording of Pirame et Thisbé was released in April 2008 to great acclaim by many critics (rated ffff by Télérama, rated 5 by Diapason and 4 étoiles by Monde de la Musique). The recording dedicated to J.S. Bach’s keyboard concertos, with Bertrand Cuiller as soloist, was awarded the 2009 Choc award by Classica magazine, and was also selected as a Critic’s Choice in Gramophone magazine. Stradivaria’s latest recording highlighted the first book of sonatas for violin, written at the beginning oh the 16th century: Giovanni Battista FONTANA - Sonate a violino ed altri strumenti... (Mirare - Ref. MIR214).
In June 2015, Stradivaria recorded a program on French baroque music « Motets for Louis XV’s Victories » at the Royal Chapel of Versailles (disc collection Alpha-Versailles). This recording (released on 19 April 2016) received very good reviews (Classiquenews, Classica, Télérama).
Since 2015, Stradivaria and Anacréon organize the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley, open to all instrumental ensembles performing a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments.
This Competition, unique in France, is presided by William Christie, Musical director Founder of Les Arts Florissants. The 2nd edition took place on 11th and 12th June 2017 in Angers and Nantes.