The bank for a changing world

On 3 November, the Balkan Baroque Band gave its début concert in Thessaloniki, Greece. The ensemble consists of 25 virtuoso musicians, all from Balkan countries, under the baton of the French conductor Jean-Christophe Frisch.

The founder and musical director of the ensemble XVIII-21, Le Baroque nomade, which is supported by the BNP Paribas foundation, Jean-Christophe Frisch is setting out on a new musical adventure with the Balkan Baroque Band. By bringing together baroque musicians from different countries in this region of Europe (Greece, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria), the formation of the Balkan Baroque Band is highly symbolic.

This chamber orchestra brings back to life what music in Europe once was, over a period of centuries: a rich, living melting pot of composers and performers, which gave birth to a vast musical culture which knew no borders. Thanks to their perfect technical mastery and their sensitivity to the oral tradition around them, the musicians of the BBB bring a breath of fresh air to the interpretation of baroque music.

With the aim of discovering – or rediscovering – this musical identity, the BBB is promoting, alongside its performance schedule, the baroque heritage of the Balkans. Workshops aimed at young musicians have progressively been arranged; but the project also includes a number of lines of musicological research into the repertoire, as well as support for the work of luthiers, especially through the purchase and restoration of period instruments.

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