Wrocław Baroque Orchestra was founded in 2006 by A. Kosendiak. It is a resident ensemble of the National Forum of Music, one of few cultural institutions in Poland boasting its own Baroque orchestra playing historical instruments. During each NFM concert season, WBO presents its own concert series, always ardently applauded by the audience. The WBO repertoire encompasses works from early Baroque to Romanticism, from chamber line-ups to colossal oratorios. Superb cellist Jarosław Thiel has been Artistic Director of WBO since its inception. Today, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra counts among the most important Polish ensembles playing historical instruments.
The output and high level of performance of the orchestra results in collaborations with the biggest names on the international early music scene. The orchestra is invited to prestigious festivals, participates in radio broadcasts and recording sessions. WBO has performed under the baton of Ph. Herreweghe, G. Antonini, A. Parrott, P. McCreesh, A. Spering, H.C. Rademann, L. Cummings, R. Dubrovsky, and C. Curnyn.
The orchestra has invited excellent ensembles and soloists, and among them Collegium Vocale Gent, Cantus Cölln, Taverner Consort, Dresdner Kammerchor, Gli Angeli Genève, O. Pasichnyk, J. Lezhneva, R. Pokupić, N. Mulroy, D. Taylor, and A. Kurzak. The first CD of WBO won a Fryderyk in the phonographic debut of the year category, and the following recordings have been nominated for the same award several times. 2017 saw the release of a new album – Joseph Haydn The Seasons – a result of collaboration with P. McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players (the disc was nominated for Gramophone Awards in the Best Choral Recording category and was a recording of the month of the BBC Music Magazine in June 2017). Soon, new albums of Wrocław Baroque Orchestra are to be released: 17th-Century Sacred Music in Wrocław, recorded with Gli Angeli Genève and Concerto Palatino under S. MacLeod, and S. Moniuszko The Phantoms (CD and DVD) under the direction of A. Kosendiak.