The Polish orchestra Arte dei Suonatori was formed in Poznan in 1993 by the violin players Ewa and Aureliusz Golinski and collected a group of young and very talented Polish period-instrument performers. The core of the ensemble originally consisted of Polish string and continuo players, but over the years the orchestra has become more international, featuring as regular members musicians from Germany, England, Holland, Japan, France, Finland and other countries.
In 1998, after five years of intermittent activity, the orchestra’s leaders, together with Cezary Zych, editor of the early music magazine Canor, initiated an extensive series of early music events called ‘Early Music - Persona Grata’. Since 2003, Arte dei Suonatori have been organizing four festivals: the Handel Festival in Torun, the Three Baroques Festival in Wroclaw, Music in Paradise in Paradyz and the Baroque Strings and Bows Festival in Poznan.
Arte dei Suonatori have worked with a number of well-known artists, such as Rachel Podger, Hidemi Suzuki, Alexis Kossenko, Martin Gester, Maria Keohane and Allan Rasmussen - collaborations which have enjoyed a great international interest, as testified by a Gramophone Award in 2003. One returning guest has been the Swedish recorder player Dan Laurin.