Croatian Baroque Ensemble

The Croatian Baroque Ensemble, led by renowned violinist Laura Vadjon, is the most prominent ensemble in Croatia and one of the leading music groups in surrounding countries that specialise in historically informed interpretations of music from the baroque and adjacent periods. The ensemble performs on original instruments and their quality replicas.

Croatian Baroque Ensemble was founded in 1999 and consists of musicians experienced in performing baroque music. Along with annual concert series at the Croatian Music Institute, with clear thematic programs that include both Croatian and foreign composers, they are also regular guests at numerous national and international festivals such as Varaždin Baroque Evenings, Korkyra Baroque Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival, Du­brovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festi­val, St. Donat’s Festival in Zadar, Histria Festival, Croatian Passionic Heritage, Organum Histriae, Concerts at the Eufrazijana, Rovinj Summer Festival, Krk Summer Festival, International Ba­roque Festival in Melk, Festival delle nazioni in Citta di Castello, Festival Brežice, Festival of Cro­atian Music in Vienna, Festival of Central Europe­an Countries in Rome, Festival Tesori musicali Toscani in Pisa, Festival Missiones de Chiquitos in Bolivia, Havana Baroque Festival. They performed in AustriaItaly, GermanyBelgium, SpainSweden, Finland, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, Estonia, FranceMontenegro, SerbiaBosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.

The ensemble formed links with international and Croatian soloists and conductors, experts in authentic performance of baroque music. Among them are Catherine Mackintosh, Herve Niquet, Werner Ehrhardt, Aapo Hakkinnen, Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr, Peter Lonnerberg, Mimi Mitchell, David Staff, Theresa Caudle, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro Tampieri, Rachel Brown, Adrian Butterfield, Stefano Montanari, Marcello Gatti, Jaap ter Linden, Jacques Ogg and other renowned musicians.

Due to their proficient and stylistically pure interpretations, the ensemble is considered by both critics and audience, to be among the most accomplished musical groups. Along with standard baroque repertoire, the Croatian Baroque Ensemble presents Croatian composers and those who have lived in Croatia and have made artistic contributions to its music, such as Francesco Spon­ga-Usper, Tomaso Cecchini, Vinko Jelić, Ivan Lukačić and others.