Oslo Circles was founded in Oslo in 2015 by the baroque violinist Astrid Kirschner, and consists of some of the most established musicians in Scandinavia within the world of baroque music.
The members of the group regularly play in orchestras like Concerto Copenhagen, Barokksolistene, B’Rock, Barokkanerne, Academia Montis Regalis, Les Musiciens du Louvre
and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Astrid Kirschner has gathered a “musical circle”, where all the members bring to the group their unique talent and musical experience, adding their personal input of different styles, nationalities and backgrounds. Playing in different formats has allowed Oslo Circles to adapt to various concepts and programs, with both wellknown and
unknown baroque music. Oslo Circles has a passion for showing how modern baroque music
can be – through playfulness, enthusiastic curiosity and freedom in the moment of performing. The group works in close collaboration with David Hansen (countertenor), Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzosoprano), Berit Nordbakken Solset (soprano), Magnus Staveland (tenor) and the Norwegian film actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen.
Oslo Circles has performed at international music festivals like Froville (France), Baroque & Beyond (Sweden), Wunderkammer (Trieste, Italy), Spazio & Musica (Vicenza, Italy) and Varaždin Baroque Nights (Croatia), where Oslo Circles in 2019 received the prize for the festival’s best musical interpretation for this program Lamento. Oslo Circles’ first CD One Charming Night with the countertenor David Hansen, with arias & theatre music by Henry Purcell was released in november 2019. The press called the recording ‘entirely wonderful’, the musicians ‘terrifically inventive’ and the CD ‘one of the most sheerly enjoyable recordings I have heard in years’ (Martin Anderson, klassiskmusikk.com). Other press voices: ’Excellent playing and singing, a recording from the top drawer. Highly recommendable’ (musicwebinternational) and ‘truly magical’ (Bayern 4 Klassik). Oslo Circles’ 2nd CD Lamento (LAWO) with Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzosoprano) will be releaed in 2021, and further recordings are in planning. In 2018 Oslo Circles started its own concert series, named 1685 at the baroque church Akershus slottskirke in the heart of Oslo. Oslo Circles receives the support of the Norwegian Arts Council, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Music Norway and Oslo town.
Terrifically ìnventive. Entirely wonderful. – klassiskmusikk.com
Truly magical. Sparkling. – BR Klassik
Excellent playing. – musicweb-international
L’excellence des instrumentistes – baroquiades
Homepage : https://www.oslocircles.com/