Les Mélomanes are Ayelet Karni (Israel), Stephen Pedder (England), Kathleen Ross (Scotland) and Rani Orenstein (Israel). Deriving from the Greek melos and mania, their name means 'mad about music'. The ensemble met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Whilst at the Academy, Les Mélomanes won the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize and were subsequently awarded the Audience Prize at London's prestigious Fenton House Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition. They were also generously supported by the London Bach Society. In 2010 they were selected for the Brighton Early Music Live! scheme and have since performed at Brighton Early Music Festival, London Handel Festival, Händel Haus, Halle, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. They have performed live on Radio 3's In Tune and Early Music Show programmes. In July 2013 they will be taking part in the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, where they have been selected as finalists.
They are a versatile ensemble comprising recorders, oboe, violin, cello, viola da gamba and historical keyboards which affords them a rich and varied repertoire encompassing seventeenth-century Italian music and alluring French suites through to sonatas of the German late Baroque.