The Balthasar Neumann Ensemble celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2015. It was in 1995 that Thomas Hengelbrock brought together a group of outstanding musicians to create a new ensemble, their aim being to perform music on the basis of historically informed performance practice, while not limiting themselves exclusively to the field of early music. Works from the early Baroque to the modern period are performed on period instruments in keeping with the historical background and the date of their composition.

The Ensemble’s namesake was not only an epochal Baroque architect. Balthasar Neumann (1687–1753) stands for daring creativity and integral concepts in perfection. As a master-builder he was a pioneer, who for the first time allowed architecture, paintings, sculptures, and gardens to interact. His ideals form the cornerstone in the work of the two Balthasar-Neumann-Ensembles. Evonik Industries is accompanying the research of the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensembles; musicological research is enabled and support is given for the exploration of sources in the search of musical treasures.

The Ensemble’s work constitutes a synthesis of repertory performances and pioneering feats. When performed in their original guise, operas by Mozart, Bizet, Verdi and even Wagner have surprised public and press alike. In 2013, together with his two ensembles, Thomas Hengelbrock presented a sensational series of concert performances of Parsifal in Dortmund, Essen and Madrid.

The orchestra regularly appears at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Paris Opéra, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, the Essen Philharmonie and the Salzburg Festival.

Both ensembles have collected numerous honours and awards in the course of their distinguished careers. These include the Culture Prize of the Region of Baden-Württemberg, several Echo Klassik Awards and a Gramophone Award.

„…quite simply a sensation”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung


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