The Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO), founded in 1989, is in constant motion; it develops, renews and responds to challenges in its flexible and original way. By fearlessly grasping new possibilities, the orchestra has stayed at the forefront of the development in the cultural field. The refinement of the democratic value base is evident also in the model of artistic leadership.
Since 2018, the artistic leadership of the orchestra has been in the hands of the trio, an artistic team with three members. Two musician members are chosen from among the players for 2-year terms. Their task is to plan the orchestra’s repertoire and to outline the long-term development in cooperation with the Executive Manager of the orchestra. At the moment, harpsichordist Marianna Henriksson and violinist Anthony Marini are in charge of the artistic decision-making at the moment. The third member of the board is violist and Executive Manager Laura Kajander, who is mainly engaged with administrative and economic matters.
Marianna Henriksson, Artistic Planner
Harpsichordist Marianna Henriksson performs as a soloist and a member of several ensembles both in Finland and abroad. In addition, she enjoys interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from other art forms and musical genres. So far, Henriksson’s diverse musical work has included premieres and recordings of new works for harpsichord, folk music arrangements, a world tour of a breakdance show and opera productions from Monteverdi to Stravinski to Saariaho. Henriksson’s debut solo album Frammenti del discorso amoroso was released in 2018 and was selected as a candidate for Yle’s Record of the Year the same year.
Anthony Marini, Artistic Planner
The American violinist Anthony Marini, now living in Finland, is specialized in baroque music and is often seen as the concertmaster or soloist in productions by The Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Espoo Baroque and the Musicians of the King’s Road. He has also played with The Kings Consort, Le Poème Harmonique, Helsinki Baroque, Ensemble Nyland and Les Ambassadeurs. He moved to Europe in 2010 and has after that broadened his horizons in Finland, France and other places through both classical music and folk music holding a violin, viola, viola da gamba, nyckelharpa (“keyed fiddle”) or viola d’amore in his hands.
PREVIOUS ARTISTIC PLANNERS
Pauliina Fred 2018–2021
Petteri Pitko 2017
PREVIOUS ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Petteri Pitko 2018–4/2022
Antti Tikkanen 2014–2017
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola 2010–2013
Tuomas Hannikainen 2005–2009
Jukka Rautasalo 2001–2004
Anssi Mattila 1998–2000
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch 2012–2013
Georg Kallweit 2010–2012