Victoria Baroque Players
Artistic Director – Soile Stratkauskas
“High-quality, personal and engaging performances”
Matthew White / Early Music Vancouver
“Lively, sensitive, and stylish”
Kevin Bazzana / Times Colonist
Victoria Baroque Players present high-quality, high-energy, and engaging performances of music from the baroque and classical periods. Playing on the instruments of the 18th century, the historically-informed ensemble brings audiences closer to the sound world of the period, embracing the dance-driven rhythmic vitality, as well as the lyrical and conversational aspect of the baroque music.
The core members are Vancouver Island residents and early music specialists with extensive performance experience in Canada and abroad. For larger orchestral projects the ensemble expands and is joined by musicians from Mainland BC and Seattle.
The home of the Victoria Baroque Players’ Series is the beautiful church of St John the Divine in downtown Victoria. VBP has also performed as guest artists for the concert series of Eine Kleine Summer Music, the Early Music Society of the Islands, Vancouver Island Chamber Music Festival, Early Music Vancouver, Cowichan Symphonic Society, and Artspring.
Victoria Baroque Players enjoys collaborating with local and visiting artists, and engaging with the various layers of the Victoria music community. VBP’s collaborations with the local choir St John’s Chamber Singers have brought about highly memorable performances, including a significant and acclaimed presentation of Bach’s legendary St John Passion. VBP’s guest performers have included Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, Pacific Opera Victoria’s Timothy Vernon, UK-based violin virtuoso Kati Debretzeni, UK harpsichordist Steven Devine, and internationally-acclaimed singers Nancy Argenta and Benjamin Butterfield.
VBP is passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians and audience members. Many of the VBP’s concerts have offered important performing opportunities for emerging singers. VBP has collaborated with the Victoria Children’s Choir, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, and with the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, the Capital Regional District and Hamber Foundation, has presented school concerts and hosted workshops.
The VBP’s début CD Virtuosi of the Baroque, on Marquis Classics, was released in November 2014, and was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.