Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony
The Vienna Symphony Orchestra´s Baroque Ensemble was established in 1989 in order to play a series of concerts of finest baroque music in the baroque church of Maria Bildstein near Bregenz as a part of the internationally renowned “Bregenzer Festspiele” music festival.
These concerts have since gained enormous popularity amongst audiences and are sold out every year. As a result of this success the ensemble was invited to play at the festive church service celebrating “100 Years Wiener Symphoniker” in Bregenz in July 2000 and has been a guest performer at the “Stiftskonzerte Millstatt” festival, the “Schloßkonzerte Fulda” and the highly regarded “Schubertiade Schwarzenberg” festival. The ensemble plays frequently at Vienna Symphony Orchestra events such as the “Symphonikertag Bregenz” in 2011 or the “Ball der Wiener Symphoniker” in 2008.
In July 2009 the Ensemble played a concert together with the famous Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge as part of the “Bregenzer Festspiele”
In July 2010 the Ensemble opened a cycle of six concerts old music called “Music for a while” in Bludenz.
The signing of a five year contract with the municipality of Triberg/ Germany and the resulting CD collection “Fiori musicali Triberg” were a great honour for the ensemble.
The Baroque Ensemble is the only Ensemble of Vienna Symphony to hold such a contract. These recordings have been broadcast several times by Austrian radio on its cultural station Ö1, as well as by Bayrischer Rundfunk and Deutschland- Funk.
The ensemble has signed a new 3- years- contract in Triberg entitled “Ars et aqua”. These recordings feature compositions relating to or inspired by water.