European Union Baroque Orchestra
Cultural Ambassador for the European Union
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other orchestra: EUBO auditions and selects completely new personnel every year. EUBO's ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young Baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment. Members of EUBO come from all over the EU to gain experience, working together for a six-month season with Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen and some of the world's leading guest directors, including Enrico Onofri, Roy Goodman, Alexis Kossenko, Ton Koopman, Christina Pluhar, Margaret Faultless, Riccardo Minasi, Paul Agnew and Gottfried von der Goltz. Tours take them to all corners of Europe - from celebrated city concert halls, to seaside summer festivals, to monasteries nestling in autumnal forests, and to winter celebrations in beautiful churches. And at the centre of these great arcs of European travelling EUBO has established residencies in several cities, most notably as "orchestra-in-residence" in Echternach, Luxembourg, where, with the support of its local partners, it is creating a centre of excellence for Baroque music. EUBO's activities are supported with a grant from the European Commission's programme "cultural ambassadors". Flying the flag for Europe, "EUBO is
" as President José Manuel Barroso says, "a perfect symbol of the power of integration, a subtle and potent instrument of harmonisation between people and nations
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is supported by the European Commission Culture Programme, Ville d'Echternach, Festival International Echternach, Trifolion Echternach, the Ministry of Culture Luxembourg and the Early Music Shop.
"EUBO has greatly contributed to the vitality of European baroque ensembles."
Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
"Rarely have I seen so much smiling communication and listening between musicians on a concert stage. As a result, EUBO's concert was a delicate, joyous gem. Talent oozed from the stage."
Hugo Shirley, The Daily Telegraph