Passionate about exploring the pre-baroque and baroque repertoire, this young ensemble created in 2015 reunites four musicians :
Alice Duport-Percier (soprano), Axelle Verner (mezzo), Barbara Hünninger (viola da gamba) and Albane Imbs (artistic direction and plucked instruments).
The Kapsber'Girls are looking for new ways of interpreting
historical sources. Drawing their inspiration in diverse traditional repertoires, the four musicians are working at XVIIe and XVIIIe centuries pieces in a new transversal
manner, playing with gender.
Energy and vitality are borrowed to « popular » musics, the colors taken from actual musics, the girls are willing to find novelty in ancestry.
Their name is inspired by one of the most famous Italian composer from the start of the XVIIe century : Hyéronimus Kapsberger (1580 – 1651). They decided to honour their favourite composer in their first CD recording Che Fai Tù? (March 2020, Muso) which obtains several important awards such as Diapason d’Or, ffff Télérama, Jocker Découverte Crescendo Magazine (Be.) and is awarded Recording of the Month (July) by MusicWebInternational (GB).
In 2016-17, the Kapsber'Girls are the recipient of artistic & creation residencies at
the Académie Bach from Arques-la-Bataille.
They are in the selection of the Young Ensembles 2018 for the « Quotidiennes » at the Cité de la Voix (in Vézelay), and the winners of the Cycle « Jeunes Talents 2018 » in Sinfonia En Périgord. They are also announced in the Classica Magazine of October 2018 as one of the « young ensembles to discover ».
We have heard them recently in many renowned European festivals : London Festival of Baroque Music (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Festival Académie Bach (France), Toulouse les Orgues (France), Fora do Lugar (Portugal), Sinfonia en Périgord (France), Les Nuits de Septembre (Belgium)...
Their second disc (Brunettes) will be released on October 2021 / MUSO label.
Alice grew up in a rich musical environment and quickly showed a desire to sing. She entered the youth choir of the opera of Lyon in 2007 and then, continued her vocal training with Claire Marbot, Bruno Boterf, Anne Delafosse, Monique Zanetti and Robert Expert. She specialised in early music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon.
Alice works with plenty ensembles: Les Kapsber’girls, Libera me, Grissini Project, Spirito, Concerto Soave, Ludus modalis or Unacorda choir. In February 2019 she made her debut as an opera soloist in the role of Oberto (Alcina Haendel) in the Händel-festspiele of Karlsruhe (Germany) and will perform Amour in Gluck’s Orfeo and Eurydice at the Zurich Opera in 2021.
Albane Imbs discovered the renaissance lute at the tender age of 6 and attended her first lute lessons with Pascale Boquet. In 2012, she was admitted to the CNSMD in Lyon in the class of Rolf Lislevand with whom she learns mastering several historical plucked instruments as theorbo, archlute and baroque guitar. She obtains her master degree of Early Music in 2017.
As soloist or continuist, Albane had the opportunity to perform within well-known ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), Kapsberger Ensemble (Rolf Lislevand), Les Musiciens de Saint Julien(François Lazarevich)), Il Gusto Barocco (Jörg Halubek) or with conductors such as Emmanuelle Haïm.
In 2015, Albane creates her own ensemble, Les Kapsber’girls.
Besides performing, pedagogy and music teaching set the core of her activity. Since 2012, Albane possesses a degree in pedagogy (DUMI) and works frequently in educational environments.
Axelle Verner's practice of singing is inspired by various arts and seeks for a wide range of vocal textures. She is graduated from the Maîtrise de Notre Dame de Paris and the CNSMD of Lyon. She sings pieces from the Middle Ages to the late Baroque area, as a soloist or in the ensembles of Simon Pierre Bestion (La Tempête), Tiago Simas Freire (Capella Sanctae Crucis), Frank-Emmanuel Compte (Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu), Albane Imbs (Les Kapsber’girls) or Sébastien Daucé (Correspondances). Since September 2019, she is training herself to classical style in the Pôle Lyrique d’Excellence of Cécile de Boever.