The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is one of the most prominent period instrument orchestras in the world. The musicians play internationally in leading (chamber) music ensembles and meet several times a year for performances of iconic and lesser-known repertoire.

In the early 1980s, the orchestra achieved world fame by performing grand symphonic work on original instruments and in a historically informed manner. A revolution that never really stopped.

But the uniqueness of the orchestra is not only in the sound or the way of playing. Ever since it was founded by Frans Brüggen more than forty years ago, musicians have never taken a score for granted. The approach to the music and how we present it is critical, curious, investigative and progressive. Core values from The Enlightenment that all orchestra members hold in high esteem. That is why every performance is a new challenge and the iconic repertoire remains alive and kicking.

Upcoming projects

March 2024

Side by Side

March 01 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
March 02 - The Hague, Amare tickets
March 03 - The Hague, Amare tickets

Conductor: Jakob Lehmann

F. Schubert Overture from "Fierrabras" D.796 (1823)
F. Schubert "Auf dem Strom" - D.943 (1828) - tenor, horn and orchestra (new period-appropriate orchestration by Jakob Lehman)
F. Schubert "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" -D.965 (1828 )- soprano, clarinet and orchestra (orchestration by Carl Reinecke)
F. Schubert Fourth symphony in c minor D.417 (1816), the ''Tragic' 

To project

18c. in Japan

March 09 - Kyoto, Kyoto Concert Hall
March 10 - Osaka, Fenice Saca
March 11 - Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
March 12 - Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
March 13 - Fukuoka, Acros Fukuoka

Piano: Naruhiko Kawaguchi, Yulianna Avdeeva, Tomasz Ritter
Concertmaster: Alexander Janiczek (musical director)

Program A
W. A. Mozart KV550, symphony no.40 in g minor
F. Chopin Grande fantaisie sur des airs polonais Op. 13
F. Chopin Rondo a la Krakowiak in F major Op. 14
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor Op. 11

Program B
W. A. Mozart KV385, symphony no.35 in D major 'Haffner'
F. Chopin Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ Op. 2
F. Chopin Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Op. 22
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor Op. 21

Program C
W. A. Mozart KV385, symphony no.35 in D major 'Haffner'
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor Op. 21
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor Op. 11

J. S. Bach: John Passion

March 22 - Paris, Eglise St. Roch
March 24 - Basel, Stadtcasino tickets
March 25 - Zurich, Tonhalle tickets
March 27 - Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw tickets
March 28 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
March 29 - Arnhem, Musis tickets

Choir: Cappella Amsterdam
Conductor: Daniel Reuss
Concertmaster: Alexander Janiczek
Soloists: Thomas Walker Evangelist, Peter Harvey Jesus, Henk Neven (in Utrecht and Arnhem), Berit Norbakken, Cecilia Hall, Ludmila Schwartzwalder, James Newby, Dorien Lievers, Tigran Matinyan

J. S. Bach John Passion

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Every two years, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century performs a passion with Cappella Amsterdam. Two years ago the St. Matthew Passion, so this year it's Johannes' turn again. No matter how often it plays this repertoire, it always sounds different. Never do the musicians and singers take the score for granted.

Bach's Passions keep the Netherlands in their grip every year, and every year there seem to be more and more to come. And this is another reason why the orchestra is proud to be able to bring the international creme de la creme of early music to the Netherlands this season. Specialists in the genre such as Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken British baritone Peter Harvey shine in Bach's masterpiece. Conductor Daniel Reuss leads the orchestra and singers to the emotional heights and depths in the story of the crucifixion.

April 2024

Heidelberger Frühling Festival

April 05 - Heidelberger Frühling Festival tickets

Violin: Alena Baeva 

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op. 61
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36

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In 2023, the Orchestra already played with Alena Baeva once in the Beethoven Festival at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. There, too, she shone in the violin concerto in D major. The collaboration turns out to lead to wonderful moments every time, and this year, too, the orchestra and violinist will meet again, this time in Heidelberg.

"The sheer musical brilliance of Alena Baeva's collaboration with the Orchestra of the 18th Century makes their performance essential listening"
-BBC Music Magazine

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