Ercole Nisini | Instrumenta Musica

Ercole Nisini knows no boundaries in his world of music. His fascination with music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras performing from original historic sources and for the theater have inspired him to update his passion into creating musical concepts and concerts to entice modern audiences. These projects are a natural outgrowth of his ensemble INSTRUMENTA MUSICA, a “Renaissance Orchestra” with outstanding creative musicians, sensitive artists, as well as actors, and vocal ensembles. His personal skills extend from his tenor and bass sackbuts, arrangements, and the conductor’s podium. Since 2014, Ercole has composed music inspired by dances and ostinatos from the sixteenth century. In his latest project Orazio Vecchi’s Commedia harmonica, L’Amfiparnasso, he combined the late sixteenth-century madrigals with the pantomime artistry of the Bodecker&Neander troupe with Vecchi’s actual music and additional music chosen to attract modern audiences to the eternal passions of Comedia dell”Arte, though it retains its 16th-century spirit.
Ercole Nisini has appeared as soloist and leader whit his Ensemble in such famous festivls and concert halls as Dresden’s Frauenkirche, The Lower Saxony Musiktagen, the Black Forest Music Festival, the Rheingau Festival, the Sklholt Island Summer concert, The Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, The Brandenburg Summer Concerts, the The WDR Radio Concerts in Cologne, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, the German Trombone symposium, etc. Additionally, he has been interviewed by Switzerland’s Radio SFR and Germany’s WDR radio. Concerts, performances, and recordings throughout Europe with groups such as La Petite Bande, Musica Fiata, Capella Sagittariana, United Continuo Service, further document his abilities.
In addition to many recordings with famous European ensembles, Ercole’s discography has grown readily as both leader and soloist since 2008. His latest project seeks to present the trombone as a solo instrument throughout music history - Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, and Romantic - in a series of four CDs with the Querstand label. Further, each CD will be accompanied by his own editions of music for the trombone published by Velagsgruppe Kamprad (

INSTRUMENTA MUSICA specializes in historical performance, and cultivates the use of original instruments and historically accurate copies. It is mainly dedicated to the performance of German and Italian music from the Late Renaissance and Early Baroque periods. Researching and rediscovering early music are of particular interest to this ensemble. This includes the pieces of music themselves, some of which are still undiscovered and awaiting their resurrection from various archives. But it also extends to the instruments, the variety of which remains unexploited to date, and the way of making the music, which is geared towards conserved original sources. By no means does this approach aim for “music from a museum.” Quite to the contrary, Instrumenta Musica attempts to make the beauty and emotional wealth of this music from a bygone era immediately accessible in an authentic way. Instrumenta Musica’s performances therefore intend to attest to the timeliness of early music, reviving it for today and the time to come.
Instrumenta Musica was founded 2004 by students of the Early Music department at the Music University of Trossingen, and since then performs with the former members and in various constellations under the direction of Ercole Nisini or cooperating with well known Vocal Ensembles.
Instrumenta Musica is closely connected with the Frauenkirche in Dresden, where the ensemble has regu- larly played since 2006 together with the Chamber Choir of the Church under the church’s cantor Matthias Grünert.
2008 the ensemble has released his first CD “O vos amici mei carissimi, Motets, canzonas and Sonatas by Venetian masters from the time of Monteverdi “ working with singers like Constanze Backes, Gerlinde Saemann, Hermann Oswald and Markus Flaig for the Label RAMÉE (Outhere).
Presenting his own Productions or being partner of ensembles like ensemble officium, the Dresdner Kammerchor, or the Mimes company Bodecker & Neander, Instrumenta Musica is appeared in such venues and festivals like Dresden’s Frauenkirche, Summer Concerts in Brandenburg, Ancient Music Days in Regensburg, Summer Concerts on Skalholt Island, Heinrich Schütz Music Festival, WDR Radio concerts, Fortepianarum Katowicz (Poland), Michaelstein Music Courses, Evening Baroque Concerts in Varazdin (Croatia), and Whitsunday Concerts in Batzdorf. Nine CDs have been produced for the labels RAMEE, Querstand, Christophorus, Carus, and SONY.