Ensemble Profeti della Quinta, directed by Elam Rotem,  focuses on the vocal repertoire of the 16th and early 17th centuries. It aims to create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today while, at the same time, considering period performance practices. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates regularly with instrumentalists and additional singers.
The Musicians
Doron Schleifer - Countertenor
Roman Melish - Countertenor
David Feldman - Countertenor
Lior Leibovici - Tenor
Jacob Lawrence - Tenor
Loïc Paulin - Tenor
Elam Rotem - Bass, Harpsichord & musical direction
Ori Harmelin - Chitarrone

Upcoming concerts

The story of the Italian madrigal
29.04.2023,  18:00, Kodály Hall, Vay Adam krt. 18, Nyíregyháza (Hungary)

The story of the Italian madrigal
09.05.2023, 17:00, Théâtre le reflet, Rue du théâtre 4, Vevey (CH)

Music by Salomone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi
13.05.2023, 21:00, Venetia Picciola Festival, Teatro all’Antica, Sabbionetta (IT)

The story of the Italian madrigal
21.05.2023, 11:00,  Langenbruck Konzertfrühling, reformierten Kirche Langenbruck (CH)

Including The Lamentation of David
24.06.2023, 19:30, Arlesheimer Dom (CH)

Werke von Salomone Rossi und Elam Rotem
25.06.2023, 17:00, Musiksommer am Zürichersee, Kirche St.Martin, Busskirch, Rappperswil (CH)

Ensemble Profeti della Quinta was founded in the Galilee region of Israel by the bass singer and harpsichordist Elam Rotem, and is based in Basel, Switzerland, where its members undertook further studies of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble collaborates regularly with colleagues from Switzerland, Japan and Australia, sharing with them similar musical ideas.

The ensemble has recorded several CDs with music from the late Renaissance, including Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Salomone Rossi, Orlando di Lasso, Claudio Monteverdi, Alexander Utendal and more. Profeti della Quinta have also premiered and recorded two works composed especially for the ensemble by Elam Rotem, Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli and Quia amore langueo (see discography). In addition, they are featured in a documentary film by Joseph Rochlitz, Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi, and have had their concerts broadcast by numerous international radio stations.

Profeti della Quinta have been active in performing and researching hitherto neglected repertoire, such as Emilio de' Cavalieri's Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi's Hashirim asher li'Shlomo (1623), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew, which they also recorded to critical acclaim. In 2011, Ensemble Profeti della Quinta won York Early Music Young Artists Competition, and has since toured Europe, North America, Japan, China and Israel. It has performed in prestigious festivals and venues, such as the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, the Shanghai concert hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.