John Foster to Queensland Baroque

Trumpeter John Foster has been appointed artistic director of the Queensland Baroque orchestra in Australia.

After inviting John Foster to collaborate with the (formerly known) Brisbane Baroque Players for the final concert of 2017, the management team of the orchestra invited him to become the Artistic Director for 2018. Foster, also the Artistic Director of Australian Baroque Brass, suggested that the orchestra rebrand themselves as ‘Queensland Baroque,' in order to give the orchestra’s image a facelift and to appeal to the broader community. Using his reputation and extensive contacts, he has collated an attractive concert season, with internationally renowned soloists, as well as challenging and diverse repertoire for the orchestra. The inaugural concert, titled "Praise," took place on March 25, 2018, and featured John Foster on baroque trumpet with renowned soprano soloist Amy Moore. 

John Foster

John Foster is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of performance on historical trumpets and cornetto, having performed as soloist with orchestras and at festivals worldwide. In addition to his recent appointment as Artistic Director of Queensland Baroque, he is also leader of the renowned ensemble Australian Baroque Brass. John also regularly conducts the Sydney based Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St James’. John was also member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2013.  

Queensland Baroque with newly appointed artistic director John Foster

The Brisbane-based Queensland Baroque is a period instrument orchestra founded in 2011. This pioneering ensemble premiered in September 2011 with a large program featuring works by Lully, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Purcell, Rosenmuller, Stanley, Rebel and Rameau. The orchestra now comprises approximately 25 talented and dedicated musicians. Since 2011, the ensemble has presented a large number of concerts throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas, including a successful tour of New South Wales.

As Queensland’s premier period instrument orchestra, Queensland Baroque is committed to community engagement and opportunities for musicians to explore the world of baroque music and historical performance practices. 2017 saw the orchestra collaborate in a successful production of Purcell’s baroque opera, The Fairy Queen, to rave reviews.

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(Source: Queensland Baroque)

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