Croatian Baroque Ensemble

The Croatian Baroque Ensemble is the most prominent Croatian ensemble specialising in historically authentic interpretations of instru­mental and vocal-instrumental music from the baroque and similar periods, performed on original instruments and their quality replicas.

The Croatian Baroque Ensemble is the most prominent Croatian ensemble specialising in historically authentic interpretations of instru­mental and vocal-instrumental music from the baroque and similar periods, performed on original instruments and their quality replicas. The ensemble was founded in 1999 and con­sists of esteemed musicians from the younger generation – both instrumentalists and vocali­sts, who are already renowned in performing baroque music. Along with a continuous con­cert series consisting of seven concerts at the Croatian Music Institute with clear thematic programs that include both Croatian and forei­gn baroque music, they are also regular guests at numerous national and international festi­vals such as Varaždin Baroque Evenings, Korkyra Baroque Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival, Du­brovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festi­val, St. Donat’s Festival in Zadar, Histria Festival, Croatian Passionic Heritage, Organum Histriae, Concerts at the Eufrazijana, Rovinj Summer Festival, Krk Summer Festival, International Ba­roque Festival in Melk, Festival delle nazioni in Citta di Castello, Festival Brežice, Festival of Cro­atian Music in Vienna, Festival of Central Europe­an Countries in Rome, Festival Tesori musicali Toscani in Pisa, Festival Missiones de Chiquitos in Bolivia, Havana Baroque festival etc.

In their concert programs, the ensemble featu­res prominent international and Croatian solo­ists and conductors, experts with an authentic approach in performing baroque music (Catherine Mackintosh, Herve Niquet, Werner Ehrhardt, Aapo Hakkinnen, Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr, Peter Lonnerberg, Mimi Mitchell, David Staff, Theresa Caudle, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro Tampieri, Rachel Brown, Adrian Butterfield, Stefano Montanari, Marcello Gatti, Jaap ter Linden, Jacques Ogg). Due to their proficient and stylistically pure interpre­tations, they are considered to be a superb Croatian musical group, both by musical critics and audience. The programs of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble present Croatian baroque composers or others who have made artistic contributions in Croatia (Francesco Spon­ga-Usper, Tomaso Cecchini, Vinko Jelić, Ivan Lukačić, etc.).

The Ensemble also performed in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, Estonia, France, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.

The director of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble is the renowned violinist Laura Vadjon.