Croatian Baroque Ensemble
Croatian Baroque Ensemble is the leading Croatian ensemble specialised in historically informed interpretation of music from the Baroque and related periods, performed on original period instruments and their replicas.
The ensemble was founded in 1999 and consists of young musicians who are passionate about the original sound and stylistically informed interpretation of music. The director of the ensemble is the renowned violinist Laura Vadjon .
In addition to their regular concert cycles at the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb, they regularly perform at numerous national and international festivals (Varaždin Baroque Evenings, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festival, Korkyra Baroque Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival, Musical Evenings in St Donat, Histria Festival, Osor Musical Evenings, Concerts at the Euphrasius Basilica, Rovinj Summer Festival, Lubenice Music Evenings, Krk Summer Festival, Croatian Passion Heritage, Organum Histriae, Osijek Baroque Church Music Festival, Mostar Festival, Pag Summer Festival, Slavonski Brod Summer Festival, Croatian Music Festival in Vienna, Central European Sacred Music Festival in Rome, Belgrade Early Music Festival, Brežice Festival, Tesori Musicali Toscani Festival in Pisa, Misiones de Chiquitos Festival in Bolivia, Esteban Salas Festival in Havana, Cuba, Music in Old Krakow etc.).
Over the last twenty years, the Croatian Baroque Ensemble has collaborated with some of the world's leading artists specialised in performing early music, including Catherine Mackintosh, Herve Niquet, Enrico Onofri, Laurence Cummings, Andreas Helm, Rachel Brown, Alessandro Tampieri, Jaap ter Linden, Richard Egarr, Jacques Ogg, Werner Ehrhardt, Marcello Gatti, Stefano Montanari, Aapo Hakkinen, Philip Pickett, David Staff, Theresa Caudle, Peter van Hauwelingen, Mimi Mitchel, Christopher Lawry, Hugo Hymas, Mitchel Sandler, Shalev Ad-El, Adrian Butterfield, Peter Lönnerberg, Ryo Terakado, David Bates, Andrew Lawrence King, Benjamin Bayl and others.
The Croatian Baroque Ensemble's repertoire also includes Croatian composers and those who worked in Croatia (F. Sponga-Usper, G. Usper, T. Cecchini, V. Jelić, I. Lukačić, G. Puliti, L. Sorkočević etc.). The ensemble made the first recordings of their works performed on original period instruments based on original, unedited scores.
The ensemble won the Milka Trnina Diploma awarded by the Croatian Musicians' Association in 2001, the Orlando Award at the 65th Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2014 for their performance „Gentle love, cruel love“ and the Ivan Lukaćić Award at the Varaždin Baroque Evenings in 2016.
Owing to their interesting, professional and stylistically clear and virtuosic interpretations, they are considered one of Croatia’s leading ensembles by both the critics and the audiences.