The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra can look back on a success story lasting almost thirty years and is a popular guest at the most important concert halls and opera houses. A glance at the ensemble’s concert calendar shows a diverse repertoire played at a variety of venues, ranging from the Baroque to the musical present and from Freiburg to the Far East.
The Freiburgers’ artistic credo, however, remains unchanged: the creative curiosity of each of them, with the intention of playing a composition in as lively and as expressive a manner as possible. This also involves own members playing demanding solo concerts. Cultivated and simultaneously rousing ensemble playing has thus become an international trade mark: “The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra is a diamond of particular brilliance. In the technical and mental ‘mastery’ of the instruments and the individual parts one sees what ‘historical’ music-making is currently capable of. Vivid and pure, transparent and lucid, delicate in phrasing and articulation and without excessive pathetic pressure, one hears all the details and experiences the whole as a musical cosmos of overpowering richness. Open your ears, this is how music sounds!” - Salzburger Nachrichten
The FBO continuously collaborates with important artists such as Christian Gerhaher, Isabelle Faust, René Jacobs, Pablo Heras-Casado, Andreas Staier andKristian Bezuidenhout and has a close alliance with the label harmonia mundi. The artistic success of this musical partnership is expressed in numerous recording productions and the receipt of prominent awards, such as the Gramophone Award 2011, the ECHO Klassik Deutscher Musikpreis 2011-2016 and 2007, the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2009, 2015 and 2016, the Edison Classical Music Award 2008 or the Classical Brit Award 2007.
Under the artistic directorship of its two concert-masters Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans, and under the baton of selected conductors, the FBO presents itself with about one hundred performances per year in a variety of formations from chamber to opera orchestra: a self-administrated ensemble with its own subscription concerts at Freiburg’s Concert Hall, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, and Berlin’s Philharmonie and with tours all over the world.
Image ©Annelies van der Vegt Text courtesy of Freiburg Baroque Orchestra