Born the summer of 2014 under Barry Sargent's leadership, Ensemble Tramuntana was created with the idea to take advantage of the talented musicians of the Balearic Islands. The Serra de la Tramuntana, declared a world heritage, has inspired the name of the group. Ensemble Tramuntana varies in formation according to the repertoire: from small chamber ensembles to classical orchestra with winds. They perform 17th, 18th and 19th century repertoire with historical instruments and also enjoy presenting programs with 20th century repertoire on classical instruments.
Ensemble Tramuntana presents the annual "Nits Clàssiques de la Tramuntana" festival, which has been running for seven years. Not only do they present concerts in the Serra de la Tramuntana (Valldemossa, Sóller, Pollença, Deià), but also in Palma: in summer in the spectacular Cloister of Sant Francesc and in winter in the wonderful Church of Sant Felip Neri.
Every summer Ensemble Tramuntana meets for a month in Deià to offer a mini festival organized by Deià town hall, “Deià Clàssics”. The concerts take place in the open-air amphitheater, Sa Tanca and the Church of Deià.
They have had the privilege of accompanying soloists such as the Mallorcan violinist Francisco Fullana, the French cellist Emannuel Bleuse, the American-French transverso flutist Charles Zebley and the Belgian soprano Sheva Tehoval. They have performed in Palma as part of the “Solleric d’Estiu” cycle at the Casal Solleric, at the Cloister of Sant Francesc under the “Cicle de Capvespres Musicals Iniciatives XXI” and at Bellver Castle. Outside Mallorca, they have performed at the BBVA Festival of Religious Music in Vic (Catalonia) and at the Fortaleza de la Mola (Menorca).
They also organize a youth competition for young talented musicians every year with a very special prize: playing as a soloist with Ensemble Tramuntana. The first edition of 2020 has received a lot of enthusiasm from both young music students and the public.