English Baroque Soloists


“The ensemble was dazzlingly precise and powerful”
- The Daily Telegraph

Founded in 1978 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists have always sought to challenge preconceptions of Baroque and early Classical music. Combining the untamed sound of period instruments, with passionate and virtuosic playing, they have long been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras. They are equally at home in chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire, from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn, while their ability to communicate music to their audiences, presenting their repertoire as living dialogue, sets them apart.

The ensemble has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including La Scala in Milan, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House. They have performed Mozart’s seven mature operas, recorded all Mozart’s mature symphonies and his complete piano concerto cycle.

Besides their independent existence as a period chamber orchestra the English Baroque Soloists also participate regularly in joint projects with the Monteverdi Choir, with whom they famously took part in the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas throughout Europe. The project was recorded by Soli Deo Gloria, the company’s own record label, and hailed as “one of the most ambitious musical projects of all times” by Gramophone magazine. More recently, they joined forces again in a “Bach Marathon” event at the Royal Albert Hall (2013), and collaborated on recordings and tours of Ascension Cantatas (2012) and Bach Motets (2011), both of which reached no 1 in the UK classical charts.

In September 2015 they toured Gluck’s Orphée & Eurydice in Hamburg and Versailles following a staged production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in collaboration with the Monteverdi Choir and Hofesh Shechter dance company. 2015 also took them to the U.S. for the 50th anniversary tour of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, whilst in Europe, the group travelled to Munich, Frankfurt, Lucerne and Paris for celebrated performances and a recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor.  

The English Baroque Soloists are under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.


Members of the English Baroque Soloists:

VIOLINS
Kati Debretzeni (leader)
Marcus Barcham Stevens
Sarah Bealby-Wright
Iona Davies
Claire Duff
Emily Dupere
Foskien Kooistra
Roy Mowatt
Jean Paterson
Stephen Pedder
Alida Schat
Anne Schumann
Matthew Truscott
Henrietta Wayne
Hakan Wikstrom
Hildburg Williams

VIOLAS
Jane Rogers (principal)
Lisa Cochrane
Aliye Cornish
Annette Isserlis
Stella Mahrenholz
Maria Ramirez

CELLOS
David Watkin (principal)
Olaf Reimers (principal)
Ruth Alford
Kinga Gaborjani
Lucile Perrin
Catherine Rimer

DOUBLE BASSES
Valerie Botwright (principal)
Cecelia Bruggemeyer
Markus van Horn
Elizabeth Bradley
Tomoki Sumiya

FLUTES
Rachel Beckett (principal)
Christine Garratt
Catherine Latham
Elizabeth Walker

OBOES
Michael Niesemann (principal)
Mark Baigent
Rachel Chaplin
Josep Domenech
Ina Stock

BASSOONS
Jane Gower (principal)
Gyoergyi Farkas
Rebecca Stockwell
Phil Turbett

CORNETTI
Jamie Savan (principal)
Jeremy West
Michael Harrison

HORNS
Anneke Scott (principal)
Christopher Larkin
Martin Lawrence
Jorge Renteria Campos
Joseph Walters

TRUMPETS
Neil Brough (principal)
Michael Harrison
Robert Vanryne

SACKBUTS
Adam Woolf (principal)
Abigail Newman
Stephen Saunders

TIMPANI
Robert Kendell

ORGAN/HARPSICHORD
James Johnstone
Howard Moody
Oliver-John Ruthven

CHITARRONI
Jakob Lindberg
Evangelina Mascardi
David Miller

 
 
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