Baroque Orchestra

When the big names of the Baroque era composed their masterpieces 300 years ago they must have dreamed about their hits sounding this good. Tafelmusik was a time-machine last night, sweeping the audience out of its seats and back to that magic period between 1650 and 1750.
— The Royal Gazette

Hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine, Tafelmusik was founded in 1979 by Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves. At the heart of Tafelmusik is a group of remarkably talented, enthusiastic, and dynamic permanent members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice.

Delighting audiences worldwide for more than three decades, Toronto-based Tafelmusik reaches millions of people through its touring, critically-acclaimed recordings, broadcasts, new media, and artistic/community partnerships. The vitality of Tafelmusik’s vision clearly resonates with its audiences in Toronto, where the orchestra performs more than 50 concerts every year for a passionate and dedicated following of all ages. For over 35 years Tafelmusik has maintained a strong presence on the world stage, performing in some 350 cities in 32 countries.

Tafelmusik has also invested much energy and many resources into supporting the next generation of period performers through its artist training programmes, most notably through the renowned annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Musicians from around the globe gather to study period performance in intensive and varied programmes.

An integral part of Tafelmusik’s worldwide success has been its critically acclaimed discography of over 80 baroque and classical albums, which have garnered many national and international awards. including nine JUNO Awards. A number of new and past recordings have been released on the Tafelmusik Media label. Among recent releases are live-performance CDs of Handel Messiah and Beethoven Eroica Symphony, and DVDs of three of Tafelmusik’s most popular performance events: Sing-Along Messiah, and Alison Mackay’s The Galileo Project, and House of Dreams. A recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be released in Fall 2016, completing Tafelmusik’s cycle of Beethoven Symphonies with conductor Bruno Weil.

For more information, and to visit Tafelmusik’s online shop, please visit www.tafelmusik.org.

(March 2016. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)