Trondheim Barokk is one of the leading baroque ensembles and orchestras in Scandinavia, specializing in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments. The ensemble, founded in Trondheim, Norway, in 2009 by cellist Martin Wåhlberg and plucked instrument player Erik Skanke Høsøien, aims to explore the repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in new ways.
Trondheim Barokk is characterized by its youthful energy and its freshness of approach and has been praised for its musical inventiveness and fascinating discoveries. Critics often underline the players’ captivating, energetic drive and their high quality of performance. Trondheim Barokk plays a key role in exploring new aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music by finding an increasing number of true hidden gems in the vast musical repertoire of these periods. A major focus for the group has been the Scandinavian music from these periods, notably the vibrant musical culture of the seventeenth-century Swedish court and the traditional musical culture of Norway, but they have also explored the French music of the late eighteenth century. They often embark on projects that place the music from these periods in their larger cultural context, emphasizing the “reunion of the arts”, between music and dance, music and travel, and, most notably, music and literature.
Trondheim Barokk takes particular pride in its close ties with the culturally mesmerizing city of Trondheim. Known in ancient times as “Nidaros”, Trondheim was the main capital of Catholicism in Northern Europe and is home to the largest cathedral in Europe north of Cologne. The Dome of Nidaros, Nidarosdomen, magnificently restored throughout the nineteenth century, and still a major centre of pilgrimage, is one of Norway’s finest performance venues. Trondheim Barokk regularly performs in the cathedral and collaborates closely with the cathedral’s musical programme.
Trondheim Barokk appears regularly at virtually all major Norwegian festivals and venues and is invited to festivals throughout Europe. The ensemble has also toured in Latin America. Trondheim Barokk has appeared on radio and on television in Norway and France. Trondheim Barokk has collaborated with some of the foremost musical personalities on today’s scene, and regularly works with conductors specializing in the key repertoire of baroque and classical music, including Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Parrott, Christophe Rousset and Hervé Niquet.
Trondheim Barokk records for French label K617 on the Harmonia Mundi catalogue.