Holland Baroque Society
A close group of musicians together make up Holland Baroque Society. We were practically brought up on historical performance practice. From these roots and the sound world of the Baroque, we connect the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the world of today. This results in variegated concerts and constant new insights in various aspects of music – especially music from the Baroque. In each project, we treat our audiences to unexpected encounters and interesting themes. Our innovative approach forms the basis for unique concert programmes and it has proved to appeal to audiences and critics alike. It has earned us the Kersjesprijs Award (a prestigious music prize in the Netherlands) and the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs (the Classical Music Award of the association for the combined theatres and concert halls in the Netherlands).
We always find very special guests and world class musicians willing to work with us. Baroque icons such as Emma Kirkby, Monica Huggett, Andrea Marcon and the whole Quatuor Mosaïques have played with us, but also newer stars like Alexis Kossenko, Rafael Pichon and Andreas Arend.
We look forward to new encounters with Hidemi Suzuki, Amandine Beyer and Jacques Brel – the latter made possible through the infinite opportunities offered by modern sound techniques. But we also cannot wait to see old friends again, amongst whom Alexis Kossenko, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Nico Muhly, Teitur and Eric Vloeimans.
Our concerts are performed on various stages: from 'pop temple' Paradiso in Amsterdam to the Konzerthaus Wien, and from Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh in Utrecht to the world exhibition in Shanghai. By playing in so many different venues, we have gathered a varied group of music lovers around us.
Next to that, we have been dedicated to education projects ever since the ensemble was founded. Holland Baroque Society wants to get children involved in the wondrous world of music, and to show them what art can do: activating fantasy and arousing amazement. Through our Kids Only Concerts, we have by now succeeded in introducing thousands of children to classical music. Our aim is to offer children a pure listening experience. And it is not uncommon that their reactions are even more pure than the music itself.
Holland Baroque Society in the media
"Holland Baroque Society shows its true colors..."
Kristen Huebner, www.backtrack.com, January 2013 (On Mind and Spirit)
"...an album of great art by great artists."
Stanley Fefferman, OpusOneReview, August 2012 (On Vivaldi - La Cetra)
"...these musicians simply seek out the music's inner drama and bring it to the fore."
Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel, July 2012 (On Vivaldi - La Cetra)
"Inspirierend und voller Überraschungen"
Claudia Böckel, Mittelbayerische Zeitung, May 30th 2012 (On HBS meets C.P.E. Bach)
"...it is certainly one of my discs of the year."
Graham Williams at www.sa-cd.net, May 2012 (On Vivaldi - La Cetra)
"The Holland Baroque Society and the violinist Milos Valent are here in perfect osmosis in a recording which is both original and unique."
Jean-Jacques Millo, Opus haute définition e-magazine, April 2012 (On Barbaric Beauty)
"…this disc is arranged, played and recorded with such flavor and zest that it's a thoroughly delightful experience for the music lover and audiophile"
Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile records to die for, February 2012 (On Barbaric Beauty)
"The disc makes fascinating listening and the more we listen to it the better sense it makes. […] The Holland Baroque Society performs Telemann with vigour and panache. Recorded sound is vivid."
Nicholas Anderson, International Record review, December 2011. (On Barbaric Beauty)
“This is one of the most entertaining and brilliantly conceived recordings that I have heard for some time…. A rich and varied mix of music and styles .“
Graham Williams at www.sa-cd.net, October 2011 (On Barbaric Beauty)
"Tremendous vivacity and a spirited celebration of the most broad-minded of Germany's baroque composers."
Independent on Sunday, September 2011 (On Barbaric Beauty)
De Telegraaf, September 2011 (On Barbaric Beauty)