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The next Ensemble Academy will take place from 5 to 10 September 2016.

Master classes for two ages


What is the connection between early and contemporary music?

How do the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the ensemble recherche deal with their specific repertoire?

What is historical and what is informed performance practice?

What does contemporary playing technique mean?


Since 2004 ensemble recherche and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra have been answering these questions at their Ensemble Academy. What is particularly interesting and instructive about the Academy is the combination of early and contemporary music. This allows participants to spend a week intensively studying repertoire of the baroque and classical periods as well as of our own time. The Ensemblehaus, completed in 2012, provides the home for both Ensembles. It offers fantastic opportunities for education, forming new contacts and exchange.


The Ensemble Academy is open to advanced instrumental students and professional musicians. Applications from chamber music ensembles are particularly welcome regardless of whether the ensemble has been recently formed or has been active for a while. But of course individual participants are also welcome. Those students will then be put into groups by the tutors. Participation in both lessons with members of FBO and ensemble recherche is possible and encouraged providing the student has experience of playing early music and can bring two separate instruments.

Courses offered


The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will offer individual and chamber music tuition but no orchestral classes. Only applicants that can show former experience in playing on period instruments are asked to apply. It is a requirement to bring a period instrument of historical construction (with the exception of the harpsichord). (eg. gut strings and baroque/classical bows, traverse flute, baroque bassoon & oboe, etc.)


The course offered by ensemble recherche is aimed mainly at existing formations from duos to larger ensembles. The course contains chamber music and individual tuition. Please enter a piece you are currently working on or one which you would like to study. The only requirement is that it is contemporary. We can also make some suggestions. Also new ensembles which are still in their early stages are very welcome.


Individual applications are also welcome. These applicants will be formed into ensembles and be sent the appropriate sheet music.


There is a group discount for ensemble applications. It is possible to participate in the lessons with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra as well as with ensemble recherche for no additional charge (see registration).

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