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. But the orchestra also has a reputation for cross-genre productions. Early music in combination with theatre, visual art and/or video also form 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. B’Rock also frequently collaborates with such leading choral ensembles such as RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam. B’Rock 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 for example 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 already 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 has two opera projects in Brussels and will give concerts in Utrecht, Hall in Tirol, Vilnius, Amsterdam (Holland Festival), Bochum (Ruhrtriennale) and Innsbruck.
09 June 2017 Dresdner Musikfestspiele – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Arias from »Don Giovanni«, »Le nozze di Figaro«, »Die Zauberflöte« and »Die Entführung aus dem Serail« as well as excerpts from the Symphonies No. 35 K. 385 (»Haffner Symphony«), No. 38 K. 504 (»Prague Symphony«), No. 40 K. 550 and No. 41 K. 551 (»Jupiter Symphony«) (René Jacobs, Mari Eriksmoen soprano, Johannes Weisser bariton)
March 2018: Schubert Symphony Cycle (Conductor: René Jacobs)
March/April 2018: AND YOU MUST SUFFER J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245/Samir Odeh-Tamimi: L’Apocalypse Arabe 1 (comisioned by KlaraFestival 2016)/Annelies Van Parys: And thou must suffer (Conductor: Andreas Spering/Staging: Pierre Audi)
26 April – 6 May 2018: Mass in B minor J.S. Bach (Conductor: Ivor Bolton/Balthasar Neumann Choir)
“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.