The members of Il Concerto Barocco have a widely different international background but one thing in common: their passion for early music. Many left their home countries to specialise in early music in the Netherlands, and musical friends do not part easily. As Il Concerto Barocco they meet regularly to play music of the late Renaissance and Baroque on period instruments or copies, performing with widely varied instrumentations to suit particular programmes ranging from intimate chamber music to large-scale oratorios.
Since its foundation in 2002, Il Concerto Barocco has become a welcome and regular guest at many concert venues. It has its own concert series in the Waterstaatskerk in Hengelo, where the ensemble is based, and joins in choral projects throughout the Netherlands and in Germany. CDs issued in the last three years featuring music by Telemann, Schmelzer and Vivaldi have met with widespread acclamation.