I Fedeli is an ensemble specialising in the performance of 16th and 17th century music. It was founded by Josué Meléndez and Nora Hansen with the aim of reviving the best and most exciting repertoire written for the cornetto in different combinations, and to present it to a wider audience. For music of the 16th century, I Fedeli plays in a wind instrument formation typical for that time; this combination of cornetto, tenor cornetto, pommer, sackbutt, and dulcian was known as Stadtpfeifer, Piffari, Ministriles and Town Waits throughout Europe and the New World. As their services were called upon in church, private festivities and public events, their repertoire was very broad and covered both purely instrumental works as well as vocal music. In this formation, I Fedeli won the first prize in the International Young Artist Presentation 2009 in Antwerp. In the 17th century these wind ensembles evolved to consist mainly of cornettos and trombones and, alongside their usual duties, they were increasingly used in the new up-and-coming form: opera. In both formations I Fedeli works regularly with established vocal groups such as Singstimmen Baselland, Ensemble Latinoamericano, Bacchanto and Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel). Alongside this the ensemble also presents projects in bigger settings which can include specialist singers, viola da gamba, lirone, harpsichord, organ, harp, theorbo and violins.
Josué Meléndez, artistic director received his first musical training in Costa Rica at the Conservatorio Castella. From 1991-1996 he studied at the National School of Music of the University of Mexico and founded the first festival for Early Music in Mexico; Festival Santo Domingo de Música Antigua, where he directed L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi and many other projects. In 1997 he moved to The Hague where he graduated in recorder at the Koninklijk Conservatorium with a distinction in contemporary music. Josué then studied cornetto at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Bruce Dickey. Since then he works as a cornetto and recorder player with leading ensembles of early music, like Concerto Palatino, La Fenice, Les Cornets Noirs, Musica Fiata, Oltremontano, Nederlandse Bach Vereniging and with reknown conductors like Ton Koopman, Jordi Saval, Gabriel Garrido, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Claudio Cavina, Phillip Herreweghe, Paul van Nevel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Sigiswald Kuijken a.o. Josué Meléndez is a specialist in baroque improvisation and teaches at the summer academies of Nepi and Urbino.