- European Union Baroque Orchestra
The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) is a training initiative of the
European Unionwhich allows young performers of baroque musicfrom all over the EU to gain orchestral experience as part of their career development from conservatoirestudy into a professional career. The success of the project under the direction of the world’s most eminent baroque musicians can be measured in the number of ex-EUBO members who now play in Europe’s leading baroque orchestras.
EUBO was founded in 1985 as a major initiative of the European Music Year to celebrate the 300th anniversaries of three great Baroque Musicians: JS
Bach, Scarlattiand Handel. Since then, more than 500 full-time members of EUBO have given over 600 performances in 51 countries worldwide. The Ensemble performs at many of Europe’s finest music festivals and concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Opéra-Comiquein Paris, the festivals of Ansbach, Musikalischer Herbst, and the specialist early music festivals such as Utrecht, York, and Ambronay.Outside of Europe, as well as tours to Japan, USAand South Africa, EUBO has played in less favoured parts of the world as Ramallah and the Gaza Strip, Botswana, Sowetoand others.
tructure and funding
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is an educational charity registered in England & Wales and is headquartered in
Wootton, West Oxfordshire. [ [http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/showcharity.asp?remchar=&chyno=800906 Charity Commission for England and Wales: Charity Number 800906] ]
The orchestra is completely renewed every year. Auditions take place in spring, with usually around 100 young baroque musicians applying for the 20-25 places in the ensemble.The successful applicants then come together for four tours which take place between July and December, and which take them all across the EU and beyond. These tours are directed by leading baroque professionals: Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Enrico Onofri, Roy Goodman, Petra Müllejans, Christophe Coin, Margaret Faultless, Edward Higginbottom, Rachel Podger, Andrew Manze, Ton Koopman, Fabio Biondi and Christina Pluhar are amongst the artists who regularly work with EUBO.
EUBO is financially supported by the European Union, for which it acts as an official Cultural Ambassador, and by private sponsorship.Since 2008, EUBO has been Orchestra-in-Residence in Echternach, Luxembourg, working together with the City of Echternach, Festival International Echternach and the new cultural centre Trifolion.
European Union Chamber Orchestra
European Union Orchestra and Chorus
European Union Youth Orchestra
* [http://www.eubo.eu European Union Baroque Orchestra]
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