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Austrian Baroque Company

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The Austrian recorder player Michael Oman founded the Oman Consort in 2001. The Ensemble offers the finest baroque music from the 16th - 18th century collected from various european countries.

Here the ensemble has attempted creative improvisations in order to integrate moments of intuition and inspiriation. Special emphasis is given to the strength and variation of the basso continuo group (harpsichord, chest organ, viola da gamba, renaissance lute, colascione, baroque guitar and theorbo) that brings out the pure sound and style of the recorder.For special projects the group includes additional talent, both instrumental and vocal (e.g. Vivaldi - Concerti per flauto).

The Consort focuses on expressing the rhetorical tradition of baroque music. Their first CD "Musica Britanica", (live recording) - published by the ORF label "Edition Alte Musik" - received great attention from the media. The CD was awarded with the "Goldberg 5", the highest prize given by the internationally renowned magazine "Goldberg".

In 2003 the second CD was released with Italian baroque music "La Suave Melodia" - Mediterranean Instrumental music - which received the "Supersonic" Award from the Luxembourgian specialist journal "pizzicato". The third CD "La Passione rossa" (Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per flauto) was released in Sept. 05.

The ensemble is one of the leading chamber music groups and is recognised as a "Newcomer" in the Austrian Early Music Scene.

The ensemble is regularly invited to highly repudiated festivals: in Vienna (Musikverein - Cycle Musica Antiqua, Jeunesse musicale), Carinthian Summer, Innsbruck, Muri (CH), Lugano, Early Music Festivals in Prague und Warsaw, Upper Austrian Monastery Concert Series etc.


Born in Linz (Austria) in 1963. He is amongst the most leading and versatile recorder players of his generation. He studied in the "Brucknerkonservatorium" Linz, University of Music in Vienna and at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam under the world famous Walter van Hauwe, followed by extensive studies with Kees Boeke in Pitigliano and Arezzo (Italy). He completed his studies researching in the music of the medieval age in the library of Trossingen (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland). He is founder and art director of the ensemble aurelia of medieval and contemporary music as well as the Oman Consort that is specialised in baroque music of the 16th - 18th century. Here the ensemble has attempted creative improvisations in order to integratemoments of intuition and inspiration.

As a chamber musician he performed in most of the European countries as well as Asia and South America. As a soloist he appeared in festivals of Bregenz (Austria), Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Rome (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Styriarte, Innsbruck, Vienna (Austria), Ribeauville (France) and Prague (Czech Rep.).

Appearances on TV and broadcasting as well as CD Productions with labels like Arcana (more recently in 2002 the winner of Diapason d'Or, together with the alto Bernarda Fink for the recording of the Cantatas of Francesco Conti), Symphonia (I), Chesky records (USA), cpo (D) and Novalis (CH) wih austrian baroque music, G.Ph. Telemann and J.S. Bach (together with Kees Boeke).

In November 1997 he directed a highly recognised performance of dance, music and recitation of the korean composer Isang Yun (1917-1995).Since 1989 he is professor for recorder and chamber music at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz as well as on the integrated Academy of Early Music.

Martina Schobersberger

Daniel Oman with colascione

Balasz Mattei

  • Michael Oman
    recorder and direction
    Amandine Beyer
    baroque violin
    Balázs Máté
    baroque cello
    Wolfgang Heiler
    baroque bassoon
    Daniel Oman
    baroque guitar, archlute and colascione

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