Members of EUBO are selected annually by a team of specialist tutors at residential orchestral courses, held in the Orchestra’s home town of Echternach in Luxembourg.
In 2004, after a long association with EUBO as harpsichord tutor and guest director, Lars Ulrik Mortensen became its Music Director. A Financial Times reviewer, writing after a EUBO concert, said “Mortensen is exceptional not just for his scholarship and virtuosity at the keyboard, but also because he makes music with his entire body and soul.” Lars Ulrik is also artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, with whom he has built a profile both nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with his “own” orchestras, he performs extensively as guest director, soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia. Lars Ulrik Mortensen has received a number of prizes, including Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the 2007 Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Directing Concerto Copenhagen, his recordings include violin and harpsichord concertos by Bach, Haydn piano concertos (with soloist Ronald Brautigam) and symphonies by Danish composers Hartmann, Kunzen and Gerson. With EUBO, he has recorded suites by Bach, Fux and Rameau, two CDs of music by Handel and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Maggie Faultless is Director of Studies of EUBO and has directed the Orchestra on many occasions. She is both a leader of and directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and was for 12 years leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Maggie has directed the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonie Merck, the National Orchestra of Portugal, Harmony of Nations and chamber orchestras in conservatoires all over Europe. A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years and regularly performs in a duo with pianist Adrian Partington, focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms.She is the founder of “Music for Awhile”, the Artistic Director of Collegium Musicum at Cambridge University where she is also Director of Performance Studies. Since 2012, she has been Head of the Historical Performance department at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK.
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Violin
Peter Spissky, Violin
Torbjörn Köhl, Viola
Alison McGillivray, Cello
Margaret Urquhart, Double Bass
Alfredo Bernardini, Oboe
Alberto Grazzi, Bassoon
Marieke Spaans, Harpsichord
Simon Neal, Keyboard Technician
The orchestral courses are part of a co-operation project EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy (EMBA) which is made possible with co-funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and with support from the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture. The activities of EMBA are organised by EUBO, Ville d’Echternach, Trifolion and Festival Echternach, and eight other European partner organisations. Find out more about EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy.