Finnish Baroque Orchestra (Antti Tikkanen)
Dedicated to reinventing the definition of a baroque orchestra, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra’s lively and open-minded approach has brought performances on period instruments to audiences both young and old. During the orchestra’s 25-year history, it has delighted audiences with music from the Baroque to the early Romantic eras, including modern “premieres” of works by Boni and Graupner. FiBO’s repertoire also includes exciting new works, including works by composers such as Virtaperko and Tiensuu that were written specifically for FiBO.
In their home of Helsinki, FiBO frequently performs in the palatial surroundings of the House of Nobility as Orchestra in Residence, where their varied and innovating programming brings together many different kinds of listeners. In addition to the orchestra’s active touring in Finland and abroad, smaller ensembles are often formed under the name FiBO Players to present chamber music programmes. The orchestra’s unique programmes and skilful playing have received high praise from audiences and press alike: ”Das Finnish Baroque Orchestra begeisterte im Linzer Brucknerhaus” (OÖ Nachrichten / Wruss 14.3.2015)
In 2014, FiBO welcomed accomplished violinist Antti Tikkanen as its new artistic director. His infectious zeal for music-making has re-energised the ensemble and allowed the individual orchestra members’ own passion show through in amiable and inspiring concerts.
Apart from concerts, The Finnish Baroque Orchestra organizes specially tailored memorable early music projects and concerts to schools and conservatories of music, kindergartens and comprehensive schools by its training operation, Fibo Collegium. Fibo Collegium also regularly offers supplementary training courses for professional musicians.
What makes the Fibo Collegium method special is that the conservatory and music school teachers are involved in the training projects together with their students and the Fibo Collegium musicians. The same idea of learning by doing it yourself is used even in the concerts for kindergartens and comprehensive schools.
Baroque music is a vital element of all music education. The Finnish Baroque Orchestra wants to support the work of music schools and comprehensive schools, and it wants to offer both teachers and students a chance for a deeper understanding and expression of baroque music.