The Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO), founded in 1989, is in constant motion; it develops, renews and responds to challenges in its flexible and original way. The last few years have, in many aspects, been times of especially big growth. By fearlessly grasping new possibilities, the orchestra has stayed at the forefront of the development in the cultural field. Upholding this attitude requires the same sort of renewal as before. Next, the orchestra will explore how a democratically organised community handles the challenges brought on by democracy.
FiBO’s new model, started in 2018, also seeks continuity in addition to the democratic perspective. Two musician members are chosen from among the players for 2-year terms. Their task is to plan the orchestra’s repertoire and to outline the long-term development in cooperation with the Executive Manager of the orchestra. Harpsichordist Petteri Pitko and flautist Pauliina Fred are in charge of the artistic decision-making from 2018 onwards. The third member of the board is violist and Executive Manager Laura Kajander, who is mainly engaged with administrative and economic matters.
Harpsichordist Petteri Pitko actively performs as soloist and chamber musician, and plays in the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO). His versatile repertoire stretches from the early Baroque to premieres of modern music. He is the Artistic Director of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, and works as lecturer in Early Music at Novia University of Applied Sciences in Pietarsaari.
Petteri Pitko has performed as soloist with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Zürich Chamber Orchestra,Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and as chamber musician in numerous music festivals in Finland, around Europe, on the Canary Islands, in China and in South Korea. Some of the festivals are Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Korsholm Music Festival, Time of Music Viitasaari, Berliner Philharmoniker’s chamber music series, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Musica Festival Strasbourg, Festival de Musique de Besançon and Tongyeong International Music Festival.
As orchestra musician and continuo player he has worked with Berliner Philharmoniker, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Chamber Choir, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Simon Rattle, Peter Rundel, Beat Furrer, Fabio Biondi, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu and Sakari Oramo, among others.
He has recorded music for the labels Ondine, Alba, Wergo, Kairos and FiBO Records by e.g. Franco Donatoni, Sarah Nemtsov and Perttu Haapanen, and classics such as Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.
Petteri Pitko studied the harpsichord at the Sibelius Academy (Master of Music) and Berlin’s Universität der Künste (Konzertexamen), as well as in Paris, with Mitzi Meyerson and Huguette Dreyfus as his most influential teachers.
Pauliina Fred is specialised in period flutes and their performance practices. Her area of expertise reaches from Renaissance recorders all the way to Romantic transverse flutes. Pauliina Fred is a permanent musician in the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and in the Norwegian Paulus Barokk Ensemble. She is also a member of recorder quartet Bravade, wind quintet Zetes, the Bellman trio and the orchestra Barokkanerne. Since 2018, she works in the Artistic Design team of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.
Pauliina Fred has performed as soloist in several festivals and concert series in Europe and Asia, for example, Musica Antiqua Bruges, Mozartfest Würzburg, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Kölner Philharmonie, and as chamber and orchestra musician in Finland, most of the European countries, Japan, South Korea and the USA. She has been published by the labels Naxos, Aeolus, Pilfink, BIS, Fuga and FiBO Records.
Pauliina Fred launched the concert series Café Barock in Helsinki in 2010, and she worked as the series’ Artistic Coordinator during 2010–2012. She has designed, executed and performed over 400 children’s concerts in Finland and Norway. Since the autumn of 2015, she has instructed the Amore Classico Ensemble, a musicians’ group for mature players.
In 2001, Pauliina Fred graduated with Master of Music degrees from both the Sibelius Academy and Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She teaches traverso flute and chamber music at Metropolia University of Applied Science.
PREVIOUS ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Anssi Mattila 1998–2000
Jukka Rautasalo 2001–2004
Tuomas Hannikainen 2005–2009
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola 2010–2013
Antti Tikkanen 2014–2017
Georg Kallweit 2010–2012
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch 2012–2013