Since its foundation at Bruckner University Linz in 1996 the L’Orfeo Barockorchester has evolved as one of the leading international ensembles for historically informed performance practice. L’Orfeo’s concert programmes and CD recordings are characterized by a synthesis of well-known repertoire and pioneer work. Its repertoire reaches from French Baroque suites (a special favourite of L’Orfeo’s) and symphonies from the Sturm and Drang to music from the Classical period and early Romantics.
Ever so often L’Orfeo can be heard and seen as an opera orchestra, most recently with Betulia liberata, Azione sacra by W.A. Mozart, two settings of the Orpheus myth by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Georg Philipp Telemann, the latter’s Miriways, Joseph Haydn’s Die wüste Insel (The desert Island), Zaide by Mozart, Georg Anton Benda’s Romeo und Julie or a trilogy of early operas by Gioachino Rossini (Il signor Bruschino, La scala di seta and La cambiale di matrimonio).
L’Orfeo has presented some world premieres and has been awarded international prizes for its recordings by 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 2009″.
A high artistic level, colourful playing and animmense sensitivity for sound are aspects confirmed by critics and audiences time and again. Team spirit and a close identification with founder and leader Michi Gaigg form the basis for its artistic success.
The most important festivals and venues in recent times have been Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festival, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, International Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Stuttgart Barock, Theater an der Wien, Brucknerhaus Linz, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Cologne, Théâtre de Poissy, Theater an der Rott (Bavaria), Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio Baluarte Pamplona, Gala Concert Vatican City (Sixtine Chapel) et al.
Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus & Eurydike, “The art of Monsieur de Jélyotte” - Suites and Arias for Pierre Jélyotte (1713-1797) by Jean-Philippe Rameau, in addition two Actes de ballet by the latter, Pigmalion & Anacréon, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die verstellte Gärtnerin” (Singspiel version of La Finta Giardniera KV 196).
Michi Gaigg was born in Schörfling at the Attersee, Austria (Salzkammergut). She was strongly influenced by Nikolaus Harnoncourt during her violin studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum and subsequently continued studies of the Baroque violin with Ingrid Seifert and Sigiswald Kuijken. Michi Gaigg was a member of internationally acclaimed ensembles and worked together with Frans Brüggen, Alan Curtis, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman and Hermann Max.
Michi Gaigg founded the Baroque orchestra L’Arpa Festante Munich in 1983 (direction until 1995) and profited from many valuable experiences as member of internationally renowned ensembles, working with Frans Brüggen, Alan Curtis, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman and Hermann Max. After having lived in London, The Hague, Munich, Cologne, Strasbourg and Tübingen she returned to Austria.
In 1996 she founded the L’Orfeo Barockorchester together with the recorder and oboe player Carin van Heerden. Under Michi Gaigg’s direction the orchestra has established itself as one of the leading ensembles in historically informed performance practice and has repeatedly been awarded various prizes for its CD recordings by Diapason, Pizzicato (”Supersonic Award”), Le Monde de la Musique, Fono Forum, Radio Österreich 1 (”Pasticcio Prize”) as well as the German Music Award “Echo Klassik 2009″.
Michi Gaigg’s pedagogical career started in 1987 at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg amid extensive activities as instrumentalist and conductor. She has been teaching at the Institute for Early Music at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz since 1994. In 2003 she took on the position of artistic director of the donauFESTWOCHEN im strudengau, a festival for Early and Contemporary music, for which she has been awarded the “Grosser Bühnenkunstpreis” (Great Price for Stagecraft) and the “Kulturmedaille” (Medal for Cultural Achievements) of the province of Upper Austria.
Opera productions are becoming increasingly important in Michi Gaigg’s work. Recently staged works are: Handel’s first opera Almira, Queen of Castille, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Orpheus and Miriways, Gluck’s Orpheus & Eurydike, Zaide and Betulia Liberata by W. A. Mozart, Romeo und Julie by Georg Anton Benda, Joseph Haydn’s The desert Insel and a trilogy of early operas by Gioachino Rossini (Il signor Bruschino, La scala di seta und La cambiale di matrimonio).
Opera Productions 2013-2015:
Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus & Eurydike, “The Art of Monsieur de Jélyotte” - Suites and Arias for Pierre Jélyotte (1713-1797) by Jean-Philippe Rameau, in addition two Actes de ballet by the latter, Pigmalion & Anacréon, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die verstellte Gärtnerin” (Singspiel version of La Finta giardiniera KV 196).