The first orchestra as a member of the Schumann Forum, the board of artists of the Schumann network 

(© Marco Borggreve,

History of the orchestra, cf.

Directorship: Hans-Georg Kaiser, vgl.

Musical direction: The concertmaster of the orchestra  – Gottfried von der Goltz und Petra Müllejans – and guest conductors, cf.

The orchestra, cf.

Gottfried von der Goltz
Petra Müllejans
Martina Graulich
Daniela Helm
Christa Kittel
Gerd-Uwe Klein
Anne Katharina Schreiber
Brigitte Täubl
Kathrin Tröger

Christian Goosses
Annette Schmidt
Werner Saller
Ulrike Kaufmann 

Guido Larisch
Stefan Mühleisen

Double bass
Dane Roberts

Karl Kaiser
Susanne Kaiser

Katharina Arfken
Annkathrin Brüggemann

Javier Zafra 

Bart Aerbydt
Gijs Laceulle

Harpsichord | Organ
Torsten Johann

In 2014, the Orchestra, which has been awarded numerous prizes, suddenly amazed and enthused the audience with “Schumann pur”, performing concerts with a pure Schumann programme, and featuring outstanding soloists, along with an exquisite orchestra. The Schumann pure programme premiered on 12th April 2014 at Freiburg Concert Hall, and was broadcast on 22nd April 2014 by Deutschlandradio Kultur, the culture-oriented radio station of the German national service, cf.
There followed more concerts, all received with enthusiasm, at, amongst others, Berlin Philharmonic concert hall,  Stuttgart Liederhalle concert hall, and Cologne Philharmonic concert hall.

“A whole evening of music by Robert Schumann – played by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra? Absolutely! In March 2012, our musicians had set out for the first time on a search for the “blue flower” of Romanticism, under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. At the time, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann were on the programme. Now, it is Schumann’s three greatest solo concertos and his seldom heard “Overture, Scherzo and Finale”, Op. 52, which our musicians will bring onto the stage of the Concert Hall with Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov. For the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, it was really a long way from Baroque to High Romanticism at the end of which a concert experience of a very special kind is now awaiting you: Schumann pur.”

Robert Schumann
Ouvertüre, Scherzo und Finale, Op. 52
Piano concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Violin concerto in D minor, WoO 23
Cello concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Freiburger Barockorchester, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado; soloists: Isabelle Faust (Violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (violoncello) und Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)

See the enthusiastic review by Christoph Zimmermann: „Familienkonzert im Zeichen Schumanns“. in: (April 2014)

CD-Recordings of works by Schumann

Robert Schumann 1

Pablo Heras-Casado: Freiburger Barockorchester

Violinkonzert d-moll WoO 23; Klaviertrio Nr. 3 h-moll op. 110

Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

Audio CD

Harmonia Mundi

Released: 13.3.2015

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto Op. 54

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto Op. 54

Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 80. Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Freiburger Barockorchester / Pablo Heras-Casado.

Audio CD

Harmonia Mundi

Released: 31.7.2015

SCHUMANN Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No. 1.

SCHUMANN Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No. 1.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Freiburger Barockorchester / Pablo Heras-Casado.

Audio CD

Harmonia Mundi

Released: 1.4.2016