The idea of launching an orchestra devoted to baroque music played on historical instruments was suggested in 1985 by a group of music students from the Freiburg Academy. The Freiburger Barockorchester finally gave its inaugural concert on 8 November 1987 with a very international programme gathering English, French, Italian, Austrian and Dutch composers. Over the past three decades, the ensemble has considerably expanded its repertoire, adding classical, romantic and even contemporary music to the early music, all of which being played on historical instruments. The orchestra pursues the Baroque tradition of performing mostly without a conductor. It nevertheless works with two Artistic Directors, Gottfried von der Golz and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Guest conductors are invited for the orchestra's more extensive projects. In addition to its own concerts in Freiburg, the Freiburger Barockorchester also performs at the Stuttgart Liederhalle and the Berlin Philharmonie and appears on numerous international stages.
Founded in 2011, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie is a professional chamber choir of about thirty singers. Florian Helgath, a German musician who also heads the ChorWerk Ruhr and appears with numerous choirs as guest conductor, heads this elite ensemble since 2017. The Zurich-based choir sings an extensive symphonic repertoire and is keen to promote Swiss composers, to whom it has already commissioned several works. The Zürcher Sing-Akademie is a privileged partner of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Other partnerships include the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and La Scintilla Baroque Orchestra. The ensemble has already undertaken several tours abroad (Europe, Lebanon, China), performing at prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or the BBC Proms.