After its jubilee season 2012|13, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (FBO) can look back on an unprecedented twenty-five year history of success. From its student beginnings, within a few years an internationally sought-after orchestra was created, regular guests in the most important concert halls and opera houses. The FBO’s very special sound is frequently praised, as is the variety of its repertoire – from early Baroque to the present. The ensemble takes this sound from Freiburg to its European neighbours, to North and South America, to Asia and even to Australia and New Zealand. Since May 2012, the “Freiburgers”, together with their colleagues of the ensemble recherche, have an internationally unique home: the Freiburg Ensemble House, a musical workshop and incubator for new ideas for two top ensembles in historical and contemporary music under one roof.
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 FBO collaborates with important artists such as René Jacobs, Andreas Staier, Isabel Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Christian Gerhaher, and has a close alliance with the French label harmonia mundi France. The artistic success of this musical partnership is reflected in numerous CD productions and the receipt of prominent awards, such as the recent Germany’s ECHO Classical Music Award 2013 and Edison Classical Music Award 2013, the ECHO Classical Music Award 2012, Gramophone Award 2012, Edison Classical Music Award 2012, Gramophone Award 2011, Germany’s ECHO Classical Music Award 2011 and the German Record Critics’ Annual Award 2009.
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.