Finnish Baroque Orchestra
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, FiBO has collaborated with some of the foremost soloists and concertmasters of the age and performed a wide-ranging repertoire. The focus is generally on Baroque music, but the orchestra often explores works from other periods too, from early Baroque to early Romanticism. FiBO also plays contemporary music composed for period instruments, and has 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 also frequently performs at major Finnish festivals including the Helsinki Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, and the Turku Music Festival. Abroad FiBO has given performances at concert halls across Germany, Austria and the Nordic countries.
Throughout its history, FiBO has been a forerunner in the Finnish music scene. As the orchestra has developed, FiBO’s exciting performances, creative programming and innovative projects, notably the audience outreach work of the FiBO Collegium, have caught the attention of 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. Next, the orchestra will explore how a democratically organised community handles the challenges brought on by democracy.
FiBO’s new model, started in 2018, also seeks continuity in addition to the democratic perspective. Two musician members are chosen from among the players for 2-year terms. Their task is to plan the orchestra’s repertoire and to outline the long-term development in cooperation with the Executive Manager of the orchestra. Harpsichordist Petteri Pitko and flautist Pauliina Fred are in charge of the artistic decision-making from 2018 onwards. The third member of the board is violist and Executive Manager Laura Kajander, who is mainly engaged with administrative and economic matters.