L'Avventura London
Žak Ozmo, Director

About the Director

Žak Ozmo is a music director, lutenist, and scholar currently based in London, England. He holds a doctorate in early music performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and has completed postdoctoral studies in the same area from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Hailed by Classical Music magazine as 'an expert on early plucked instruments', he has performed as a continuo player, chamber musician, and as a soloist across Europe, North America, and Asia on the Renaissance lute, archlute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar. Žak assumed the role of musical co-director in a Canadian performance of Henry Purcell's The Indian Queen in 1999 and continued his work as a musical director in Los Angeles and than in London.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Žak holds the post of Director of Early Music at the University of Hull. He has also been active as a lecturer in various aspects of historical performance practice, ensemble coach, and lute teacher at the Royal College of Music in London, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and the University of California at Fullerton. He presents his research at musicological conferences in Europe and North America, while his writings have been translated into French, German, Spanish and Korean, and appear in some of the leading journals and magazines in the field.

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About L'Avventura London

In 2009, music director and plucked instrument specialist Žak Ozmo founded L'Avventura London, a period-instrument ensemble dedicated to the exploration of Western musical repertoire from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Through a combination of brilliant virtuosity, passion, unbridled dramaticism, and an extensive knowledge of historical performance practice and its repertoire, L'Avventura London seeks to bring the joy of a new musical adventure to its rapidly growing audiences. Testifying to the ensemble's rapid rise, L'Avventura's performances have been featured on BBC Radio 3, American NPR, Australian ABC Classic FM, German KulturRadio and MDR Figaro, Austrian ORF Radio 1, Belgium Radio Klara, Spanish Catalunya Radio and Russian Classic FM, among others; the press has praised the group for its 'excellent musicianship' and 'an admirable understanding of Baroque performance conventions' (Gramophone), and described its performances as 'engaging, entertaining - an enormous amount of atmosphere and character' (Opera News). The majority of L'Avventura's concert programmes are based on Žak's original research, his performing editions, and arrangements, and regularly include modern debuts of forgotten musical treasures, along with fresh takes on more familiar and much-loved masterpieces. The music is performed on the original, or exacting copies of the original instruments for which it was written.

L'Avventura's appearances include major festivals across the United Kingdom (including the York Early Music Festival, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Brighton Early Music Festival, Gregynog Festival, and Tudeley Festival) and international performances as far afield as Brazil. In 2012 radio listeners world-wide had the opportunity to hear L'Avventura's first live concert broadcast organized by BBC Radio 3 at the York Early Music Festival.

This exciting chamber ensemble varies in size based on its current project, and on occasion expands into a full-size orchestra. L'Avventura London regularly works with singers and other guest artists, and consists of some of the most talented and innovative musicians from the professional London early music circle.

L'Avventura currently records for Hyperion and Opella Nova Records.

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