B’Rock Orchestra was set up in Ghent in 2005 on the basis of an urge for renewal and rejuvenation in the world of Early Music. The selected international musicians specialise in historically well-founded performance practices. They distinguish themselves by their open mind and flexibility of repertoire and playing style.
In the choices it makes for its concert programmes, B’Rock combines established works of baroque composition with the lesser-known repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, the orchestra pursues a bold and innovative programme policy, in which early and contemporary music meet and enrich each other. It focuses especially on giving first performances of new music written with its historic instruments in mind. Yet, the orchestra has a reputation for cross-genre productions, too. Finally, early music in combination with theatre, visual art and/or video are also a part of the orchestra’s DNA.
B’Rock Orchestra regularly engages prominent guest conductors and soloists such as René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Leonardo García Alarcón, Peter Dijkstra, Bejun Mehta, Alexander Melnikov, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Sophie Karthäuser and many others. It frequently collaborates with leading choral ensembles such as RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam ND has developed structural partnerships in the fields of opera and musical theatre with De Munt/La Monnaie and Muziektheater Transparant.
The orchestra gives about 45 concerts every season, both in Belgium and abroad. It is a regular guest at Muziekcentrum de Bijloke, Bozar, KlaraFestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, deSingel, AMUZ, Concertgebouw Bruges, MAfestival and the Festival of Flanders Mechelen. Internationally, the orchestra has been invited to numerous major concert halls and festivals, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam, Rheingau Musik Festival, Bremen Musikfest, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Styriarte in Graz and Wratislawia Cantans. In the first part of 2016, B’Rock had two opera projects in Brussels and gave concerts in Utrecht, Hall in Tirol, Vilnius, Amsterdam (Holland Festival), Bochum (Ruhrtriennale) and Innsbruck.
“It’s a very special experience, from which the world can learn a great deal.” – General Director Hendrik Storme about B’Rock at Bachtrack.
“High tension from the first to the last bar!” – Klaus Linsenmeyer at Mannheimer Morgen about Life, Love & Lust in Würzburg.
Eleonore Büning from German newspaper FAZ about the opening of the Ruhrtriennale 2016.