Beyond baroque...

©Mirjam Devriendt

B'Rock Orchestra was set up in Ghent in 2005 on the basis of an urge for renewal and rejuvenation in the world of Early Music. The selected international musicians specialise in historically informed performance practices. They distinguish themselves by their open mind and flexibility of repertoire and playing style.

In the choices it makes for its concert programmes, B'Rock combines established works by baroque composers with the lesser-known repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, the orchestra pursues a bold and innovative programme policy in which early and contemporary music meet and enrich each other. It focuses especially on giving first performances of new music written with its historic instruments in mind. But the orchestra also has a reputation for cross-genre productions. Early music in combination with theatre, visual art and/or video also form part of the orchestra's DNA.

B'Rock Orchestra regularly engages prominent guest conductors and soloists such as René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Andreas Spering, Bejun Mehta, Alexander Melnikov, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Sophie Karthäuser and many others. B'Rock also frequently collaborates with such leading choral ensembles as RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam.

The orchestra gives about 45 concerts every season, both in Belgium and abroad. At home B'Rock is a regular guest at Muziekcentrum de Bijloke, Bozar, KlaraFestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, deSingel, AMUZ, Concertgebouw Bruges, MAfestival and the Festival of Flanders Mechelen. Internationally, the orchestra has already been invited to numerous major concert halls and festivals such as the BBC Proms, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikfest Bremen, Wigmore Hall, Theater an der Wien, L'Auditori Barcelona, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Rheingau Musik Festival, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Styriarte in Graz, Wratislawia Cantans and Bergen International Festival. B'Rock has developed structural partnerships with the Royal Opera De Munt/La Monnaie in Brussels, deSingel international arts campus in Antwerp, the Ruhrtriënnale in the Ruhr region in Germany and the Opera de Rouen in France.

B'Rock was voted 'Ensemble of the Year 2015' by the Belgian classical radio channel Klara.