Orchestra

Orchestra

The Kunstorkest is the only student baroque orchestra in the Netherlands and is based in Utrecht. With a fun bunch of about 15 to 20 students the orchestra plays both known and completely unknown music from the period 1600-1800. We play on modern instruments, striving to deliver the most authentic performance possible. As customary for a baroque orchestra, the orchestra is led by a concertmaster instead of a conductor. Baroque specialist Hans Lub leads the orchestra with enthusiasm and humor and teaches its members the finer points of performing baroque music. Originally, the baroque orchestra consists of strings and two oboes, supplemented by flutes, recorders, horns, trumpets and/or timpani when necessary. The harpsichord belongs, along with the cello’s, basses and occasionally the bassoon and the organ, to the continuo section.
Every academic year we work on three different projects, each of which culminates in two concerts. These are usually followed by a chamber music night. Another tradition of the Kunstorkest is sailing in the skûtsje Sljôcht & Rjôcht in Friesland and on the Wadden Sea.