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The English Baroque Soloists, a chamber orchestra founded in 1978 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, ranks among the most renowned ensembles of the historically informed performance practice movement. The musicians have given concerts throughout Europe, America, Asia, and Australia; they have played at La Scala in Milan, the amphitheater in Pompeii, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Châtelet in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. In the 1990s Sir John Eliot Gardiner recorded the seven “great" Mozart operas with the ensemble, as well as the complete piano concertos and the composer’s mature symphonies; these recordings have garnered numerous awards. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, a project that Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists undertook to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 2000, was also received with considerable acclaim. This entailed a pilgrimage with performances of all 198 Bach cantatas in more than 60 European churches. In recent years the music of the Leipzig master has remained at the center of the orchestra’s work. The ensemble has undertaken concert tours of the B minor Mass (2015) and the St. Matthew Passion (2016), which have been released as live CD recordings. For Christmas in 2016 they gave performances of the Magnificat, the Lutheran Mass in F major, and the cantata Süsser Trost in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Versailles, and London. The English Baroque Soloists are also active as an opera orchestra. In 2015 they performed Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London, and throughout 2017 they are devoting themselves to the three Monteverdi opera. The English Baroque Soloists are under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.
Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1994 mit Mozarts Thamos, König in Ägypten und der c-Moll-Messe.