Duo Domenico explores the 17th-century music written for the rich diversity of four-, five- and six-stringed bass instruments of the period, as well as the virtuosic showpieces written in the eighteenth century for the instrument which supplanted them - the violoncello.
Named after Domenico Gabrielli, the first composer to publish works naming the violoncello as a solo instrument, the duo delve into his works and those of his contemporaries, and experiment with bizarre tuning systems along the way; they also happily take on the technical — and musical — challenges set by ‘cello virtuosi such as Boccherini, Barrière and Abel, ensuring that the upper reaches of the instrument’s range are put to good use.
Individually, they intersperse this varied duo repertoire with selected solo suites and other works for cello or viol by J.S. Bach, Abel and others.
Vladimir and Jonathan both play regularly with leading period instrument groups such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Dunedin Consort, Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique and La Serenissima. They formed the group in 2012, playing in multiple venues in the London area and benefitting from tuition by Joseph Crouch and Alison McGillivray. In the spring of 2013, the group took their programme on tour to venues in London, Bristol, Somerset and Devon, before appearing in the finals of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, where they were awarded the Friends of the York Early Music Festival Prize (the closest thing to an audience prize). Further engagements include recitals in the UK and abroad and a recording.