Under the artistic directorship of Bjarte Eike, Norway’s leading baroque violinist.
Barokksolistene is an Early Music ensemble of flexible format, established in 2005, which serves as a platform where instrumentalists at a high soloist level – all of them among the foremost performers on their instrument in Europe – can develop as artists and chamber musicians; they are able to perform in formations such as chamber orchestra, pub band, freely improvising group, cross-over ensemble, or quite small and intimate chamber groups.
By means of Eike’s dedicated, deliberately personal and innovative programming and the musicians’ infectious and virtuosic playing, the ensemble communicates baroque music with perfect naturalness to a wide audience, its concerts frequently being described as playful and path-breaking.
Since the start Barokksolistene has served as the resident ensemble at various festivals around Europe. Barokksolistene performs around 60 concerts a year and the future planning displays numerous exciting invitations and prospects from all over Europe – including Trigonale festival in Austria, Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London, The Utrecht early music festival, and Musikverein Wien.
Barokksolistene has released several recordings, and their latest CD, «The image of melancholy», has claimed international praise and received nominations and prizes in several countries.
Barokksolistene receives a substantial funding from the Norwegian Arts Council.