Period instruments – 21st-century ideas – timeless joy

The musicians of B’Rock Orchestra set out to inspire each other, and to realise their ideas by inviting leading soloists, conductors, directors, artists and thinkers. They apply their intuitive, inquisitive and impact-driven approach to a wide variety of projects. The masterpieces and new finds originate from at least four centuries of music, and the instruments are adapted to the period.

For the Connoisseur and the Curious

B’Rock Orchestra is all about bringing the purest musical experiences to the broadest possible audience. By presenting a refreshing context, B’Rock strives for a deeper connection to the music – baroque, classical or otherwise.

Theatrical expression in sound, new perspectives for enhanced impact

The specific sound of B’Rock Orchestra is said to ‘ooze theatre and colour’. B’Rock often initiates hand-crafted projects of orchestral theatre, sparking a vibrant dialogue between music and other art forms. The orchestra also commissions new works or collaborates with thought-provoking figures in the musical and theatrical worlds.

Upcoming projects

The 2019–2020 season features the orchestra’s first Japanese tour, with flautists Lucie Horsch and Toshi Shibata. A new and long-term collaboration with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen starts off with a concert programme conducted by René Jacobs, and a ballet programme by choreographers Jeanne Brabants and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The success of the Paris production of Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicidio takes B’Rock Orchestra back to the State Opera Berlin. The third Schubert symphonies recording with René Jacobs will see the light of day, as will the new B’Rock Choir in the music theatre project Passio!, conducted by the orchestra’s harpsichordist Andreas Küppers. Finally, Water & Fire reconnects the orchestra in full force with star violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky, in a favourite all-Handel programme. The orchestra will continue their much-acclaimed, worldwide tour with violinist Amandine Beyer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Rosas) in the multifaceted production of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

B’Rock Orchestra is proud to count musicians and artists such as René Jacobs, Muziektheater Transparant and the Nederlands Kamerkoor as members of their artistic family. As of 2018, the Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky is ‘Artist in Residence’. The orchestra itself is ‘Artist Associate’ at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp and is in exclusive partnership with the Opéra de Normandie at La Chapelle Corneille.

B’Rock Orchestra has been welcomed on prestigious stages worldwide, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie de Paris, Bozar in Brussels, the Kölner Philharmonie, L’Auditori in Barcelona, Theater an der Wien, the BBC Proms, Opéra National de Paris, Park Avenue Armory in New York, the Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Ruhrtriennale, Klarafestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, Concertgebouw Brugge, Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Mozartwoche in Salzburg.

B’Rock Orchestra has recorded for the Archiv label and BR Klassik, among others, and is currently recording all of Schubert’s symphonies for Pentatone.

Photo: Mirjam Devriendt





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