Baroque Fever

Baroque Fever was formed by leading members of the new generation of early music specialists in 2000. The members represent four nationalities living in yet more countries. Following an initial round of concerts in Denmark and Sweden, to universal critical acclaim in the national press, they have made numerous appearances (many with radio relay on Danmarks Radio and the EBU network) throughout Northern Europe. The core formation is 2 violins and continuo, enabling Baroque Fever to focus on the extrovert, extravagant Italian music from around 1700, as well as its influences throughout the rest of Europe. In addition to concerts at festivals such as the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht, BÂstad (Sweden) and Vantaa (Finland) they collaborate with larger ensembles, such as Norwegian Baroque Orchestra and Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), as well as other musicians. They teach and give master classes, both individually and as an ensemble, at leading Nordic conservatories and summer schools.

Allan Rasmussen (harpsichord) studied organ and harpsichord at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and graduated with the soloist diploma in 1993. He is organist and music director at Frederiksberg Church in Copenhagen. As a soloist he has performed with several well-known european orchestras, a.o. Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Arte dei Suonatori, and Concerto Copenhagen. He recieved the Danish Music Critics’ Award in 1999.

Peter Spissky (violin) studied violin at the Music Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden, where he recieved the soloist diploma in 1995. He is a concertmaster in Concerto Copenhagen, Malmö BarockOrkester, and plays with leading european ensembles such as Tragicomedia, Tirami su, Teatro Lirico. He teaches baroque violin at the Academy of Malmö and the Conservatory in Odense (Denmark).

Bjarte Eike (violin) studied violin in Bergen and baroque violin with Richard Gwilt in London and received distinction. He is now active as a freelance violinist and concertmaster all over Scandinavia in ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen, Norsk Barokkorkester, Bergen Barokk and other groups in Copenhagen, Malmö, Göteborg and Oslo. He is also touring and recording with New Dutch Academy, Arte dei Suonatori and the jazz-ensemble Magnetic North (ECM). He is teaching baroque violin at the Grieg Academy in Bergen.

Thomas Pitt (cello) received the soloist diploma in 1998 from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (class of Wouter Möller) Since then he has been travelling all over the world, giving concerts and making recordings with groups such as Gabrieli Consort, Concerto Copenhagen, The Academy of Ancient Music, The New Dutch Academy and The Amsterdam String Quartet. From 2004 he will regularly lead projects with the award-winning Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori.