Musica Ricercata is an international artistic collective conceived by Gabriel Bebeșelea who, from its inception, assured the artistic and technical direction of the ensemble, gathering the finest musicians from all over Europe and creating diverse and exciting musical programmes, spanning from the baroque to modern eras, with an emphasis on early music.
Characterised by an exceptionally bond between the conductor and his musicians, Musica Ricercata explores different sound worlds, using old instruments – woodwinds, baroque oboes, mast strings, theorbos – as well as modern instruments, depending on the program, and performing each repertoire in the appropriate way, from Jean-Baptiste Lully or Ludwig van Beethoven, to contemporary composers.
Gabriel Bebeșelea is known to devote himself to researching and rediscovering music and this is very noticeable in the proposed concert concepts, which explore some of history’s neglected musical masterpieces. In fact, the name of the ensemble means “Researched Music” and it was borrowed from György Ligeti’s set of eleven pieces for piano - Musica Ricercata - as a tribute to the Transylvanian-born composer.
Musica Ricercata performs in major concert halls and festivals such as MÜPA Budapest, the Romanian Athenaeum, the "George Enescu" International Festival, presenting creative programs alongside world-renowned soloists such as Lawrence Brownlee and Valer Sabadus.
Since 2019, Musica Ricercata has a close partnership with the European Union Youth Orchestra.