Ensemble Cordes en Ciel is formed of Estonian lutenist/soprano Kristiina Watt and French/American soprano Héloïse Bernard. The duo met in Glasgow while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, drawn together by a shared interest in the intimate and text-driven performance medium of the lute song and baroque monody.

As Kristiina accompanies herself while she sings, embodying an example of the ‘Orphic singer’ - such as Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri or Francesca Caccini - and inspired by the musical example of the three ladies of Ferrara, Heloïse and Kristiina also perform vocal duos.


Héloïse Bernard



Kristiina Watt

Lutenist / soprano