NZ Barok has made a name for itself as an innovative ensemble, breathing life into lesser known and favourite masterpieces of the Baroque and Classical eras. Taking its name from a strong connection with the Dutch-Belgian school of historical performance it is New Zealand’s leading original instrument orchestra. The orchestra was formed in 2004 by Helen Brinkman and Graham McPhail with Miranda Hutton joining as artistic-co-director in 2010. NZ Barok brings together New Zealand’s leading baroque string specialists and provides audiences with the unique opportunity to experience 18th century string music performed with the expressive approaches and historic instruments of the period in which the music was written. NZ Barok has worked and performed with leading New Zealand and international early music artists including Sigiswald Kuijken, Ryo Terakado, Andreas Scholl, Erin Helyard, Rachael Beesley, Anneke Scott, Daniel Yeadon, and Lucinda Moon.
NZ Barok are a revelation…the distinctive sound of their authentic instruments in perfect balance
"Together they drew NZ Barok orchestra’s musicians into an equally committed, passionate and cohesive sound of great quality, vitality and sensibility - a sound-fest ‘par excellence’!"
Rainer W. Buhmann, Freelance Music Critic
Music by Telemann and Bach with guest soloist Erin Helyard (Harpsichord, Australia)