Ensemble Almara
Early music reinterpreted with enthusiasm and & virtuosity


Almara is an early music ensemble

It was founded by Elisabeth Pawelke during her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble's musical focus is on the secular repertoire of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with which the musicians dealt intensively bringing it to life with great enthusiasm and virtuosity. 

The musicians studied at the universities of music in Basle, The Hague and New York, and worked with renowned ensembles and orchestras for early music. 2009 saw the publication of the first CD "OutrosAmores" which has the various aspects of love and veneration in the Middle Ages for a theme, poetically reflected in the medieval compositions. In 2016 the ensemble recorded two pieces from the so-called Schedel Songbook for the Bavarian Administration of Palaces, Gardens and Lakes which since that time can be listened to in the Cadolzburg Historical Museum. The ensemble's new album will be released by the label Naxos on November 27, 2020.

The Ensemble

Elisabeth Pawelke
Voice, harp

Birgit Muggenthaler-Schmack
Recorders, bagpipes

Sabine Kreutzberger
Viola da gamba, vielle

Sascha Gotowtschikow

Christoph Eglhuber
Lutes, salterio


New album release on November 27th!

The new album "Carmina Predulcia" by the Ensemble Almara will be released on November 27th on the label Naxos. As the first recording this CD is exclusively dedicated to the music from the 15th century Schedel songbook with unique German songs but also French chansons.

Recordings for the new CD

The Ensemble Almara is currently recording a new album with pieces from a songbook from the 15th century, some of which are first recordings. More information will be announced soon.

Album Outros Amores

The album "Outros Amores" takes you into the world of love poetry in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and interweaves its various aspects into a touching and passionate whole.