The orchestra’s core repertoire consists of works from the Baroque and Classical periods, but it also performs works by Romantic composers, particularly music by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Following the principles of historic performing practice, the FBO plays without a conductor for the most part. But for selected projects such as opera performances or orchestral works calling for a large ensemble, it works together with well-known conductors like Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Simon Rattle or Teodor Currentzis. The FBO has an especially intense musical friendship with René Jacobs, with whom it cooperates in particular on performances of Mozart operas or Baroque and classical oratorios.
The orchestra’s artistic directors are Gottfried von der Goltz (violin) and Kristian Bezuidenhout (pianoforte), who took over this position from Petra Müllejans in 2017. Both artists also appear as soloists. In addition, the FBO works together with a wide variety of well-known instrumentalists and vocal soloists, among them Isabelle Faust, Philippe Jaroussky, Christian Gerhaher, Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier and Jean-Guihen Queyras.
The FBO’s exceptional musical diversity is documented on numerous recordings, which have been awarded many prizes, including several Echo Klassik awards, Grammy nominations and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.