“I had hoped that I wouldn’t fall in love with another orchestra, but in fact I did.”
(Sir Simon Rattle on SWR Radio/Germany, November 2018)
It began with a spontaneous idea and developed into a unique musical success story: on a New Year’s Eve over 30 years ago, Freiburg music students decided to found an orchestra which revolved entirely around historically informed performance. As the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the musicians first performed in 1987 in areas around Freiburg – nowadays, the orchestra is world renowned. Alongside their own concert cycles in Freiburg, Stuttgart and Berlin, the FBO are also regular guests to the best known international concert halls and are one of the most distinguished early music ensembles worldwide. The FBO does not just set the standard in terms of concert performance, but also in CD recording. In collaboration with the label Harmonia Mundi, the ensemble has received countless awards for its recordings: three Jahrespreise der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Gramophone Awards, three Edison Classical Music Awards, one Classical Brit Award, as well as two Grammy nominations.
The FBO, together with their two artistic directors Gottfried von der Goltz and Kristian Bezuidenhout, are just as outstanding in the 2019/20 season with diverse and top-class Baroque, Renaissance and Classical programmes. Concert programmes include works from the renaissance, baroque and classical eras and include a Messiah project with Trevor Pinnock, virtuosi cantatas with Regula Mühlemann and Beethoven piano concerti cycles with Kris Bezuidenhout in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Seoul. Together with Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis, the orchestra will perform Bach’s Matthew Passion in Bruges, Madrid and Cuenca. Furthermore the orchestra will feature at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Stuttgart Musikfest later in the season.