For two decades now the L’Orfeo Barockorchester ranges among the most prominent players on the Early Music stage. According to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung the international ensemble, directed by its founder Michi Gaigg, boasts uniqueness which sets it apart from any globalized uniformity. This quality is based on widely diverse musical synergies. A spirited approach, a sense of continuity, healthy dynamics in the ensemble and an inquisitive nature are the ingredients for Michi Gaigg’s recipe. Against this background she creates her own colourful, sensual, temperamental and unmistakable handwriting.
L’Orfeo has presented some world premieres and has been internationally awarded for its recordings (34 CDs!) by BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Gramophone, Pizzicato (“Supersonic Award”), Le Monde de la Musique, Fono Forum, Radio Österreich 1 (“Pasticcio Prize”) as well as the German Music Award “Echo Klassik”.
L’Orfeo leaves its mark as an opera orchestra. Time and again L’Orfeo can be seen and heard as an opera orchestra, recently with Georg Frideric Handel’s Atalanta, directed by Kobie van Rensburg as a multimedia fairytale (coproduction Händel-Festspiele Halle and donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau). Further rarities and master works include operas by Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Georg Anton Benda, Christoph Willibald Gluck, W. A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn as well as a trilogy of early works by Gioachino Rossini (including his La scala di seta).
Recently L’Orfeo, conducted by Michi Gaigg, presented a remarkable performance of all Schubert Symphonies (including the symphonic fragments) at the Schubertiade Hohenems.
On the road. The most significant festivals and venues have been Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, International Baroque Festival Melk, International Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg & Hohenems, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, EXPO Milano 2015, Festival Bach de Lausanne, Mozart Festival Würzburg, Cologne Early Music Festival, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, Gala Concert in the Vatican City (Sixtine Chapel), Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien, Brucknerhaus Linz, etc., tours of France, Spain, South Africa and Namibia.
Education: Euridice Barockorchester of the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz. An incentive of L’Orfeo: members of L’Orfeo coach the students during sectional rehearsals and perform with the students.