The Tempo Giusto Ensemble was founded in 2015 by a group of friends led by Willem van Eeghen. These friends had played string quartets together for many years and the “Tempo Giusto” had come to expand their musical activities to music for chamber orchestra. Among the pieces they played when they first got together, was Handel’s Concerto Grosso op 6 no 6 in g minor. The second movement of that concerto is marked “Tempo Giusto”, hence the name of the group.
Soon after their first rehearsal, the Boston based violist Kim Kashkashian, Artistic Director of Music for Food, approached Willem van Eeghen and asked if a Music for Food Concert (that had so far been mostly active in Boston and New York) could be organized in the greater Washington DC area. They both agreed that the “Tempo” was “Giusto” to create awareness of the problem of food insecurity in the greater Washington, D.C area. And so it came to be that Tempo Giusto’s first concert was held in May 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland. It raised more than US$ 20,000 for Manna Food Center that provides food to needy people in Montgomery County.
The core of Tempo Giusto consists of 14 strings and a harpsichord. The ensemble has no conductor but is led by a professional concertmaster. Concerts by Tempo Giusto typically include award winning soloists. As such, the May 2015 concert featured the violists Wenting Kang (winner of the Tokyo International Viola competition) and Ayane Kozasa (winner of the Primrose International Viola competition). Future concerts will include Paul Wiancko (cello) and Emma Resmini (flute).