Finnish Baroque Orchestra
The Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO) has been both an innovator and leader in the early music scene since its inception in 1989. Founded initially as the Sixth Floor Orchestra, FiBO’s wide-ranging repertoire and collaborative spirit have elevated the orchestra beyond standard repertoire and organisational models, taking advantage of the tight-knit network of musicians worldwide to position itself as both a world-class ensemble as well as a bridge-builder among festivals, concert organisers, and other ensembles.
As FiBO’s name suggests, the ensemble’s repertoire is grounded in Baroque music, but ongoing revelations in historical performance research encourage the orchestra to broaden its horizons to both much earlier and much later music. This includes everything from Medieval music to performing Jean Sibelius on period instruments, as well as a wide variety of newly commissioned works for period instruments.
The orchestra’s work has not gone unnoticed; in addition to press notoriety, FiBO has received awards such as the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Finnish Musical Act of the Year and Disc of the Year. Its releases for Alpha, Ondine, Alba, BIS, and their own label FiBO Records, have received rave reviews as well as international recognition, including Gramophone Editor’s Choice (March 2021) and Diapason d’Or (May 2021).