Ercole Nisini trombone, artistic director


Ercole Nisini’s musical world has no boundaries. His fascination with music and theatre of the Renaissance through Classical periods is reflected in his original programs which delight today’s audiences.


These projects are implemented by the ensemble Instrumenta Musica which Ercole Nisini describes as a truly “Renaissance Orchestra” in which outstanding, creative musicians often meet on stage with artists from other disciplines, including actors and singers.


He plays the tenor and bass sackbuts and since 2007 he has collaborated with a number of renowned early music ensembles, including La Petite Bande, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, L’Arpa Festante, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Capella Leopoldina Graz, Capriccio Stravagante, Musica Fiata, Capella de la Torre, Musica Antiqua Austria, Marini Consort Innsbruck, Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Cappella Sagittariana, United Continuo Ensemble, and II Giardino Armonico.


In 2001 Ercole Nisini was elected the second and solo trombone with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano performing under the direction of Riccardo Chailly. Other successful auditions and substitute positions have included the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai in Turin, Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Turin, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Süddeutschen Philharmonie in Konstanz.


In addition to numerous recordings with prominent European ensembles, Ercole Nisini’s discography as musical director and soloist has grown steadily since 2008. His latest project seeks to showcase the trombone as a solo instrument throughout music history, from the Renaissance to the Romantic period, in a series of four CDs on the Querstand label. Each of these CDs will be accompanied by Nisini’s editions of music for the trombone, published by Verlagsgruppe Kamprad.


He is regularly invited to teach workshops and masterclasses (for example Flötenhof Ebenhofen, Klosterstiftung Michaelstein, Zagreb Musik Academy, Deutsche Posaunensymposium, and Sackbut & Friends). In 2014 he was approached by the organizers to lead the Summer Academy Michaelstein where he introduced his concept of a “Renaissance Orchestra”, based on the descriptions of period instruments in Michael Praetorius’s Syntagma Musicum II from 1609.