Baroque music concert performed by professional period-instrument specialists from New Zealand and abroad featuring world renowned flute player Dóra Ombod of Hungary.
Baroque music is a form of classical music from 17th century Europe. It is a time in musical history when melody accompanied by expressive harmony was developed; the form of music that is so common in modern times. This period produced rich and beautiful musical works by composers such as Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. Authentic interpretation of Baroque music on period instruments is unique in that instead of using steel strings as we do today, traditional gut strings are used which produce a more direct clear sound, but need the acoustical amplification of the venue; cathedrals and churches usually being ideal. Also the tuning was lower, which put less stress on the instrument itself and thus the sound coming from the instrument is more soothing to the human nervous system.
Dóra Ombodi – baroque flute (Hungary)
Szabolcs Illes –baroque violin (Hungary)
Edita Keglerova – harpsichord (Czech Republic)
Tomas Hurnik – baroque cello (Christchurch NZ)
Jonathan Tanner – baroque violin (Christchurch NZ)
Philippa Lodge – baroque viola (Christchurch NZ)
Dóra Ombodi was born in Békéscsaba, Hungary. She studied flute with Irmela Bossler, Baroque flute with Benedek Csalog and Composition with Siegfried Thiele in Leipzig. She won the first prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a work J. S. Bach in the International Handel Competition in Halle in 2001, the DAAD prize 2001 for foreign students, awarded for excellent performance, the second prize in the International Flute Competition in Markneukirchen in 2002, the first prize in the German Music College Competition Frankfurt in 2004, and the first prize in the International Kuhlau Competition in Uelzen in 2005. Between 2003 and 2006 she has played in the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Within the years
following on this she has taught at the College of Music in Leipzig. She has given concerto performances throughout Europe, Japan, Korea and India and she has also made many recordings. Dóra Ombodi has been invited to give master classes on the Early Music Summer Academies Tokaj and Szeged (Hungary). She currently lives and works in Germany, where she plays on Baroque, Classical, Romantic and modern instruments with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra of Leipzig, Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Württemberg, Cammermusik Potsdam, Dresden Baroque Orchestra and the Lautten Compagney.