Photographer: Daniele Caminiti

The word “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλ(ός) (beauty, beautiful), είδος(ς) (form, shape) and σκόπιο (tool for examination)-hence “observer of beautiful forms.” Italy’s baroque ensemble, Il Caleidoscopio, is this tool allowing audiences to experience music in new and unimaginable ways.

The three founding musicians of Il Caleidoscopio met each other in Milan. Coming from Australia, Spain and Greece, Lathika Vithanage, Noelia Reverte Reche and Flora Papadopoulos founded their own ensemble in 2011, after years of collaborating together in musical projects in and around Milan.

Lathika, Noelia and Flora work with major ensembles all over Europe including Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Ensemble Matheus, Il Pomo d’oro, L’Arpeggiata, Cappella Mediterranea and many others.

Il Caleidoscopio strives to explore the sonic possibilities of their combination of instruments: baroque violin, viola da gamba and baroque triple harp, whilst still continuing to research and respect original practices.

They have performed at festivals including: Roma Festival Barocco, Magie Barocche (Catania, Italy), Paesaggi Musicali Toscani (San Quirico D’Orcia, Italy), Milano Arte Musica Festival, the Festival internazionale di concerti per organo (Valle d’Aosta, Italy), I Concerti dell’Accademia (Ravenna, Italy), Anima Mea Festival (Puglia, Italy), Gaudete! festival internazionale di musica antica – (Varallo, Italy), Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro (Madrid, Spain)

In 2016 they released their debut CD with Brilliant Classics, The New Old Albion – Music around the Harp Consorts of William Lawes.