FINNISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (FiBO)
During its almost thirty-year history, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra has performed with several outstanding choirs, concertmasters and soloists. Often performing without a conductor, FiBO has been led both by its own members including violinist Antti Tikkanen and harpsichord player Petteri Pitko, as well as guest concertmasters such as Amandine Beyer, Sergey Malov, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Peter Spissky, Georg Kallweit and the Finnish quartet Meta4. Vocal soloists have included Yeree Suh, Topi Lehtipuu and Sandrine Piau, and in larger projects FiBO has also collaborated with prominent Finnish conductors such as Hannu Lintu, Juha Kangas and John Storgårds.
FiBO regularly performs in the festive House of Nobility in Helsinki as part of its concert series as orchestra-in-residence. The orchestra also frequently performs in major Finnish festivals like the Helsinki Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Turku Music Festival. Abroad, the orchestra has been invited to the Regensburg Early Music Days and the Présences Festival in Paris, as well as concert series in Germany and Austria.
FiBO’s concert programmes feature both traditional baroque repertoire as well as modern-day premieres of rarely-performed works. The orchestra also plays music from the classical and romantic eras, which is often combined with newly commissioned works.
FiBO is also a pioneer outside of the concert hall. The orchestra is led by an artistic direction triumverate chosen by FiBO’s own musicians. In 2017, this group consists of Antti Tikkanen (violinist), Petter Pitko (harpsichord) and Laura Kajander (violist and administrator). FiBO also recently founded their own label: FiBO Records. The first album, which was recorded in January 2017, includes beloved baroque works such as J.S. Bach’s 3rd and 5th Brandenburg concertos and concertos by Vivaldi starring the orchestra’s own soloists, complemented by Jukka Tiensuu’s “Mora”, the first modern Finnish work written for a baroque orchestra.
The orchestra has also developed an educational team, FiBO Collegium, which coordinates a wide range of projects for young and old alike! These programs include youth concerts, collaborations with schools and other institutions and a hugely popular baroque orchestra for senior citizens. FiBO Collegium’s most spectacular projects are their Concerto Grosso performances, in which several hundreds of musicians (both students and professionals) join forces for a massive concert. Dancers, circus artists and even Olympic athletes have participated in these spectacles, but the best is yet to come: a Viking-themed, Nordic-wide collaboration!
Throughout its history, FiBO has been a forerunner in the Finnish music scene. Starting as the Sixth Floor Orchestra, it has played an important role in the emergence of the baroque movement in Northern Europe. As the orchestra has progressed, FiBO’s exciting performances and creative programming have grabbed the attention of concert organisers in Finland and abroad. From widening economic support at home to growing popularity abroad, and with awards including the Finnish Musical Act of the Year and the Record of the Year (YLE), FiBO continues to forge a unique path as a baroque orchestra in the 21st century.
The orchestra’s unique programmes and skilful playing have received high praise from audiences and press alike: ”Das Finnish Baroque Orchestra begeisterte im Linzer Brucknerhaus” (OÖ Nachrichten / Wruss 14.3.2015)
The entire audience seemed to smile happily when the entire orchestra began to sing Purcell’s chorus ‘No Stars Again Shall Hurt You’. Helsingin Sanomat / Vesa Sirén 9.6.2016
The interaction between singers and the musicians during the Advent concert left nothing to be desired; it is easy to agree with the superlatives that were heard from the audience after the sold-out oratorio: such a wonderfully heavenly concert is experienced very, very rarely. Östra Nyland / Egil Green 28.11.2016