For violinist Petra Müllejans spontaneity and emotionality are inseparable facets of historically informed performance practice whose aim is to impart the music of past centuries appropriately and, above all, with spirit. She is active as one of two artistic directors, leader of the orchestra, soloist and chamber musician in the Freiburger Barockorchester, in whose development she has played a decisive role. Under her artistic direction, the FBO recently produced a CD with wind concertos by Mozart, which critics described as “a summertime pleasure of the highest rank” and as a “petition for historical instruments that could not be more convincing” (Der Spiegel, August 2007).
Petra Müllejans studied in Düsseldorf, New York and Freiburg, where she took her artistic finals and soloist exams with Rainer Kussmaul. Fascinated by the sound of the baroque violin, she took lessons with Helga Thoene in Düsseldorf and Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg. One focus of her work is 17th and 18th century chamber music with solos, which she has performed with the Freiburg Baroque Consort and The Age of Passions ensemble.
However, Petra Müllejans also displays her unusual spontaneous musicality as a klezmer, tango and czardas violinist. This “two-timing” is no contradiction, but rather represents an indispensable extension of her artistic personality.
Petra Müllejans appears regularly as a soloist at internationally respected festivals, such as the Boston Early Music Festival where in June 2007, together with South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, she performed a concert of violin sonatas by W. A. Mozart.
Petra Müllejans teaches as Professor for Baroque Violin at the College of Music and Interpretive Arts in Frankfurt-am-Main.