{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna was founded in 2012 in Katowice by a group of instrumentalists – enthusiasts and lovers of early music gathered around the concertmaster Martyna Pastuszko and manager Artur Malke.

In dedicating themselves to historical performance, the members of {oh!} Orkiestra do not forget to get as close as possible to listeners with their music. Their work on each element of a piece, emphasising the importance of music in the rhetorical dimension, results in concerts whose aim is not only excellent communication between the performers, but above all between musicians and listeners.

From the very first concert, this kind of correspondence was noticed and appreciated by critics, as well as guest soloists and supporting institutions and festivals: Misteria Paschalia, Chopin and His Europe, Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, All’improvviso.

During the six years of its activity, the dynamically and consistently developing ensemble, with the support of the City of Katowice, has established itself as one of the most important early music orchestras in Poland.

So far, they have released three albums: the first, “{oh!} Schreyfogel/Schaffrath/Visconti” (DUX) – contains interpretations of violin and harpsichord concertos discovered in the library of the University of Dresden. The second album is a collection of works by Amandus Ivanschitz published in the “Musica Claromontana” series (the music of the Jasna Góra monastery). The third album, entitled “Music of French Masters”, is a live recording in which the band presents works by composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully, André Campra, François Couperin, Michel Corrette and Marin Marais. The latter two albums have been nominated for the Fryderyk Award – the most important award in the Polish music industry. In 2019, the album “Concerto grosso – an émigré to the British Isles” will be released for the Belgian label MUSO, containing previously unrecorded concerti grossi by Francesco Scarlatti.

Together with the “All’improvviso” International Early Music Festival in Gliwice, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna has been consistently developing the Baroque opera scene in Silesia for several years. So far, thanks to this collaboration, the premieres of operas “Didone abbandonata” by Domenico Sarri (2014) and Arminio by Johann Adolph Hasse (2016) have taken place. In 2018, together with world-famous soloists, including Max Emanuel Cencic, {oh!} performed Leonardo Vinci’s opera “Gismondo, Re di Polonia”, which was also presented with great success in Vienna (Theater an der Wien).

Thanks to the collaboration with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, since 2015 {oh!} has been giving regular concerts as part of the “Early Music” series, performing – with the participation of excellent soloists – original programmes with repertoire from the early Baroque to romantic symphonic music.