The La Folia Baroque Orchestra consists of dynamic young musicians who present authentic music on valuable period instruments. The twelve principal members of the orchestra’s full 25 member roster have won prizes at international music competitions. Their high level of music-making have earned them wide recognition and made them within a short period of time one of the most successful baroque ensembles of their generation. The German newspaper “DieRheinpfalz” wrote in January 2010 “The orchestra displays vibrancy and color with a youthful fiery spirit, combining brilliant musicianship with unequalled technical accuracy.” The orchestra derives its name La Folia from a most invigorating baroque dance characterized by noisy merriment, madness and frenzy.
The La Folia Baroque Orchestra is frequently featured by German radio and TV stations. Their most recent CD “The Vivaldi Files” was released in March of 2010 with an all Vivaldi program for which they received high praise. Bavarian Radio 4 Classic in Munich noted that the CD has “an unusually warm Vivaldi sound,” the Southwest Radio of Stuttgart called it “an excellent production with a fresh tone and great dynamic” and the Rheinpfalz newspaper noted “Last but not least, the musicians are brilliant virtuosi who presented Vivaldi with poise and bravuro.” Depending on the work, La Folia Baroque Orchestra varies between five and 25 instruments. In addition to Vivaldi, their repertoire extends also to German great masters of the Baroque, such as Bach, Handel and Telemann, among others.
During the 2010/2011 and the 2011/2012 seasons, La Folia Baroque Orchestra will perform concerts throughout Europe and at their own concert series at the prestigious Schwetzinger Festival. They collaborate with a cast of internationally renowned artists, such as Maurice Steger, Peter Maintz, Ramon Ortega Queo and Reinhold Friedrich. Upcoming highlights include appearances at the Congress in Graz, the State Theater Ingolstadt, the Parktheater Bensheim and at the Castle in Mannheim.
Beginning in 2011, La Folia Baroque Orchestra will hold residency in Schwetzingen and will be part of the City of Schwetzingen’s quest for the cultural world heritage of the UNESCO.
In spring of 2013, La Folia Baroque Orchestra is scheduled for a tour in the United States joined by New York based American countertenor Terry Barber and Israeli mezzo soprano Bracha Kol performing a program of Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti, Pergolesi, Geminiani and Telemann.