Monday, 2008 July 28th, 7 PM
Black Head House
The European Union Baroque Orchestra
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, conductor
Program – Telemann, Bach, Handel
EUBO performs in the Baltic states for the first time!
In any profession, the move from student to practitioner is always difficult and if you are a talented young baroque musician, difficult might sometimes seem like impossible. The problem is one of experience: to work with a top orchestra you need experience, but you can’t get the experience you need without working with a top orchestra. EUBO bridges this “experience gap”.
The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) provides specialist baroque orchestral training to post conservatoire music students from all over Europe, selected by auditions, in preparation for concerts and tours with outstanding baroque music specialists.
Every year EUBO invites 100 talented young baroque musicians from across Europe to take part in one of the three-day audition courses. The 25 or so successful candidates, normally from up to 14 EU countries with an average age of approximately 24 years, then spend six months together, training, touring and performing throughout Europe and further afield under the world’s leading baroque specialists.
At the end of each year, the students of EUBO move on into the professional world and the whole process from audition to graduation, begins again. EUBO has been so successful in its mission, that there are now former EUBO students in every major professional baroque ensemble in the world, including, for example, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, English Concert, Europa Galante, Academy of Ancient Music, La Petite Bande, The King's Consort, Concerto Copenhagen and Les Arts Florissants.
EUBO's Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen received the 2007 Leonie Sonning Music Award, recognizing his outstanding work as a harpsichordist and conductor in the early music field. The award was first made in 1959 to Igor Stravinsky, and other recipients have included Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Yo-Yo Ma and Alfred Brendel.