Neue Hofkapelle Graz
Neue Hofkapelle Graz holds a special position in the scene of historical performance practice not only in Austria. The ensemble is neither one of the usual self-managed music collectives nor the subordinate team of a renowned conductor, but rather an orchestra that fathoms baroque music to the bottom: “Maestra di cappella” Lucia Froihofer and “Maestro al cembalo” Michael Hell lead the formation in joint direction, same as musicians did about 300 years ago. Well-founded knowledge about music, playing styles and instruments of past epochs is the basic prerequisite for their work, but much more important for NHG is the awareness about the function of music and the artistic desire to recall this function over and over again.
NHG tells stories about music and has been doing this very successfully since its founding in 2010. At home in Graz, NHG has established its own orchestral concert series and is continually expanding its repertoire, ranging from Renaissance period to premieres of contemporary compositions in staged productions as well as incorporating orther branches of arts. NHG worked together e.g. with Dietrich Henschel, Emma Kirkby, Hanna Schygulla, Johannes Silberschneider. NHG is responsible for two series of chamber music concerts in collaboration with the Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz, an eveing concert series as well as a series for young audience: “Alte Musik im Palais” (“Early Music in the Palais”) are carefully developped programs joining literature and music while bringing one object of the museum into focus. In addition, NHG is a regular guest at the Grazer Sommerfestival styriarte, which was founded for the early music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and which entrusted NHG to perform the main production of the summer of 2017, namely “La Margarita”, an opera with horse ballett, including live television broadcasting by ORF III and 3sat as well as radio broadcasting.
In 2013, NHG debuted in the Cologne Philharmonic. Since then they have been on the road from Lithuania to Albania, on air in Ö1, ORF and WDR, and at European Festivals for Early Music (Kölner Fest für Alte Musik, Musica Viva Osnabrück…). 2019 NHG is invited to Early Music Festival Utrecht to present two staged productions there.
Their CDs are dedicated to the Styrian baroque composer Johann Joseph Fux. Recently, the first complete recording of the Concentus musico-instrumentalis, op. 1 by Fux appeared with the German label cpo. Coming up a new CD in autumn 2019 including Styrian harpsichord concertos..
Lucia Froihofer and Michael Hell were elected Cultural Heads of the Year 2017 by Kleine Zeitung.