The ensemble

Piacere dei Traversi

The consort of instruments of the same family was, during the Renaissance and until the middle of the 17th century, the ideal way to perform vocal or instrumental music in a “domestic” version, that is to say, with few musicians. Adding a singer to a consort of instruments creates a faithful version in small format with the essentials of the original vocal composition: music and text. This vocal/instrumental setting, which in England was called at that time a “consort song”, was a main composition form at that time and allows us to explore the different aspects of Renaissance music. Piacere dei Traversi feels proud to be one of the few professional ensembles devoted to this specific instrumental combination existing in Europe.


Since its creation in 2012, Piacere dei Traversi has given concerts in different venues in Spain, among them: Festival internacional de música antigua y barroca in Peñíscola, 18th and 20th Semana de Música Sacra in Requena, MOMUA festival in Molina de Segura, concert series organized by Patrimonio Nacional in San Lorenzo del Escorial and Palacio de la Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca, Sagunt in excelsis festival in Sagunt, “Cambra al Palau” (chamber music concert series at Palau de la Música de València)… Furthermore, Piacere dei Traversi was a finalist in the 2019 edition of the GEMA (Association of Spanish Early Music Ensembles) prizes, in the Best Renaissance ensemble and Best CD categories.

Carmen Botella Galbis


Carmen Botella specializes in performing Renaissance and Baroque music. She completed her singing studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna after graduating with distinction at the Valencia Conservatoire. She completed a Master’s degree in Historical singing at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona). She has taken courses and masterclasses in early music performance with many prestigious musicians.

She works regularly with many early music ensembles in Spain and abroad, with numerous concerts and CD recordings. She has participated in a large number of early and religious music festivals in Spain and in many European countries, including Great Britain, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, France and Switzerland. She has recorded for the Spanish National Radio (RNE), Austrian radio-television (ORF) and Italian radio-television (RAI).

She has a degree in Hispanic studies from the University of Valencia.

Silvia Rodríguez Ariza

Renaissance transverse flute

Silvia Rodríguez studied flute and recorder at the Royal Conservatoire in Madrid. She furthered her studies in baroque and renaissance flute at Toulouse Conservatoire. She has recorded for the Spanish Television (RTVE) and has performed with several ancient music ensembles. She has made recordings for Arsis label (El manuscrito de Enrique VIII), and with Piacere di Flauti and Aldephonsus Nobilis. She is a member of the renaissance flute consort Piacere dei Traversi. Currently she lives in Málaga, Spain, where she has founded the Orquesta Barroca de Málaga and teaches recorder at the Gonzalo Martín Tenllado Conservatoire.


Laura Palomar Salvador

Renaissance transverse flute

Laura Palomar completed a Bachelor and a Masters in the flute at the Valencia Conservatoire and the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, respectively. She obtained a Bachelor in Traverso at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Her main teachers include Renate Greiss-Armin and Kersten McCall on modern flute, and Kate Clark and Marc Hantaï on historical flutes. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the period instrument youth orchestras Jeune Orchestre Atlantique and NJO- Orchestra of the 19th Century.

She is a principal member of Academia de las Luces, an ensemble dedicated to the Classical and Romantic repertoire, and Piacere dei traversi, a Renaissance consort of traverso flutes and soprano. She has performed as a soloist at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and in traverso recitals in Valencia. She has been a guest artist with The Northern Consort (Netherlands), Orquestra Montsalvat (Barcelona) and Valencia Original Art.

She teaches flute at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Córdoba (Spain).


Marisa Esparza Regal

Flauta travesera renacentista

After obtaining a Bachelor in the flute at the Joaquín Rodrigo Conservatoire in Valencia, she specialized in the traverso with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She has taught baroque music performance courses in Minas Gerais (Brazil) Peñíscola and at the Universities of Valencia and Alicante. As artistic director and flautist of the Estil Concertant ensemble, she has performed concerts and made recordings of Spanish music from the 18th century in particular. As a soloist she has recorded: Traverso y arpa barroca – Europa Mediterránea, Triosonatas para dos traversos y bajo continuo de J. Pla and Tríos y divertimentos de J. Haydn. She is a member of the Renaissance consort Piacere dei Traversi. Currently she teaches traverso at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Castellón (Spain).