B ' R O C K B E L G I A N B A R O Q U E O R C H E S T R A
B I O G R A P H Y
Baroque orchestra B'Rock was founded in 2005 on the initiative of harpsichordist, composer and conductor Frank Agsteribbe, double bass player Tom Devaere and cultural managers Tomas Bisschop and Hendrik Storme. The orchestra's home is in Ghent.
Baroque orchestra B'Rock arose from a sense of renewal and rejuvenation in the world of early music. The core consists of about twenty musicians from Belgium and abroad, specializing in historically informed performing practice. Baroque orchestra B'Rock distinguishes itself by a performance-oriented and style-conscious manner of playing, in which intensity and expression play a central part.
The orchestra's programme is setting works from baroque literature in a context of lesser known repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, the orchestra focuses on the realisation and creation of modern music on historic instruments. Under the name B'Rock XS, the orchestra develops cross-border programmes of chamber music.
Baroque orchestra B'Rock regularly appeals to leading soloists and guest conductors such as René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Leonardo García Alarcón, Peter Dijkstra, Bejun Mehta, Alexander Melnikov, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Philippe Jaroussky, Ilina Ibragimova, Christian Poltéra, Sophie Karthäuser, and many others.
Baroque orchestra B'Rock plays some thirty concerts per season in Belgium and abroad. The orchestra performs on the Flemish stages of Muziekcentrum de Bijloke, Bozar, KlaraFestival, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, deSingel, Amuz, het Concertgebouw, MAfestival as well as on international stages such as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Holland Festival, Cité de la Musique Parijs, Kölner Philharmonie, Styriarte in Graz, Wigmore Hall, Wratislawia Cantans or de Telemann-Festtage in Magdeburg. Since season 2013-2014, B'Rock is the artist in residence in Flagey in Brussels.
Opera and adventurous music theatre form an important part of the artistic activity. In collaboration with Belgian production companies such as the Royal Opera La Monnaie, Music Theatre Transparant and LOD, baroque orchestra B'Rock regularly creates new works. In 2012 baroque orchestra B'Rock made its debut at the Royal Opera La Monnaie in Brussels with Haendel's opera Orlando, conducted by René Jacobs. The international press was very enthusiastic.
Since its launch, baroque orchestra B'Rock has been unanimously praised and welcomed by both the national and international press.
Baroque orchestra B'Rock is structurally supported by the Flemish Community, the City of Ghent and the Province of East Flanders.
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Date Oct 2013