In alto mare, in alta montagna. This Italian expression applies the same adjective to sea and mountain; it evokes at the same time their physical remoteness and the risks involved when exploring them. The cornetto is definitely one of the most important musical instruments of the 16th and 17th century. It is made of wood and covered with leather or parchment and was considered the instrument most capable of imitating the human voice. And, just like the voice, it likes to explore the higher regions. Mersenne’s encyclopedia describes the cornetto as a “ray of light going through the clouds”.
InAlto aims to explore both vocal and instrumental music, bringing them to a sort of dialogue. Famous composers of the baroque in Europe such as Monteverdi, Schütz or Praetorius left us magnificent music cultivating this taste for risk taking, this worship of the high register. Nowadays, a real danger exists of failing to convince with music that does not feel like ours anymore. By a thorough study of the available sources and by selecting the best “historically informed” partners and collaborators, InAlto seeks to bring out the best in the repertoire they play. Eventually, historical musical intruments are musical instruments as well, InAlto considers them as modern tools of expression.
InAlto was founded in 2012 by the Belgian cornettist Lambert Colson. Since its debut InAlto has performed in major venues in Europe, like Concertgebouw Bruges, Société Philharmonique de Namur, AMUZ Antwerp, De Bijloke Gent, Bozar Bruxelles, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and in festivals such as Festival du Pays d’Auge, Festival Musiq3, Festival de Wallonie, Classique à Monty, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festival baroque de Saint-Michel en Thierache, Juillet Musical de Saint-Hubert, Automne Musical de Spa, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Académie Bach d’Arques la Bataille, Musikfest Bremen and Passie van de Stemmen Leuven…
InAlto’s recordings have earned many accolades, including 2 Diapason d’or and a Diapason d’Or of the year 2017, Choc de Classica, Joker de Crescendo, Pizzicato Supersonic and 5 star in Rondo Magazin.