Finnish Baroque Orchestra

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New commissions for period instruments, fresh interpretations of old repertoire, courageous and innovative working methods, unique concepts that engage a diverse audience – FiBO offers all this while being an influential force in the Nordic cultural scene.

Founded in 1989, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra has consolidated its position within the Finnish orchestral scene. Since its inception, the FiBO has collaborated with some of the foremost soloists and concertmasters and performed a wide-ranging repertoire. It generally focuses on baroque music, but  often explores works from other periods from early baroque to early romanticism, too. The FiBO also plays contemporary music composed for period instruments and even commissioned several works itself.

FiBO regularly performs as orchestra in residence at the festive House of Nobility in Helsinki and tours widely across Finland. The orchestra frequently performs at major Finnish festivals including the Helsinki Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Turku Music Festival. Abroad, the ensemble has given performances at concert halls across Germany, Austria and the Nordic countries.

Throughout its history, the FiBO has been a forerunner in the Finnish music scene.  As the orchestra has developed, FiBO’s exciting performances, creative programming and innovative projects have caught the attention of numerous concert organisers, both in Finland and abroad.

By fearlessly grasping new possibilities, the orchestra has stayed at the forefront of the development in the cultural field. Upholding this attitude requires the same sort of renewal as before. In future, the orchestra also plans to explore, how a democratically organised community handles the challenges brought on by democracy.

The FiBO’s new model, started in 2018, seeks continuity in addition to the democratic perspective. Therefore, two musician members are chosen from among the players for a two-year term. Their task is to plan the orchestra’s repertoire and to outline the longterm development in cooperation with the executive manager of the orchestra. From 2018 onwards, harpsichordist Petteri Pitko and flautist Pauliina Fred are in charge of the artistic decision-making. The third member of the board is violist and executive manager Laura Kajander, who is mainly engaged with administrative and economic matters.

Concerts 2019:
19th of August 2019 – Brühler Schlosskonzerte – From Russia With Love:
Giovanni Paisiello: ouverture to the opera ›Il Matrimonio inaspettato‹ and Poco adagio from the sonata ›Les Adieux de la Grande Duchesse des Russies‹ / Domenico Cimarosa: Ballo aus der Oper ›La Felicità inaspettata‹ / Joseph Haydn: string quartet D major op. 33 Nr. 6 Hob. III:42 ›Russian No. 6‹ and concerto G major Hob. XVIII:4 for harpsichord and strings / Baldassare Galuppi: Concerto a quattro
(Petteri Pitko: harpsichord / Irma Niskanen: violinist and conductor)

Projects Finnish Baroque Orchestra 2020/2021

Finnish Baroque Orchestra Biography 2019

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