Boreas, god of the north wind, gave the recorder quartet its name: Wind, air, and breath bring the recorders to resound. The Boreas Quartett Bremen plays music from the heyday of the consort. An evening with BQB immerses you in the rich full sound of the consort, while music of the 20th and 21st century adds a modern dimension. The musicians play over 40 flutes of different sizes and construction, including a twelve part Renaissance consort.

Jin-Ju Baek, Elisabeth Champollion, Julia Fritz and Luise Manske studied from 2004 until 2008 in the Early Music department at the “University of the Arts“ in Bremen, Germany, under the tutelage of Professor Han Tol. In 2014 the quartet was awarded a scholarship of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) in the final round of the German Music Competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb). In 2012 the quartet won first prize and audience prize of the Early Music competition run by Saarland radio and the Fritz-Neumeyer-Akademie in Saarbrücken, Germany.

The quartet is supported by the foundation “Laudate, Cantate“ and has appeared in festivals such as Musikfest Bremen, MDR Musiksommer, Musica Antica Urbino (I), Tage Alter Musik Saarbrücken, Taiwan International Recorder Festival, Concentus Moraviae (CZ), baroque mürz (A), Life I Live Festival (NL), Musica Viva Osnabrück, Studio für Neue Musik Siegen and with Weser Renaissance.

The term “consort” refers broadly to a group of instruments playing together. A “whole consort” is an ensemble that consists of one family of instruments in different sizes, e.g. recorders or viols. In his famous diary, written around 1670, the English diplomat Samuel Pepys described how he went to the theatre one evening and heard the magical sound of a recorder consort: “…it is so sweet that it ravished me, and indeed, in a word, did wrap up my soul so that it made me really sick, just as I have formerly been when in love with my wife; that neither then, nor all the evening going home, and at home, I was able to think of anything else…”