This year’s REMA Early Music Awards will be presented to Sigiswald Kuijken and the European Union Baroque Orchestra in London on 30 November.
The REMA Early Music Award will be given to the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) while the REMA Early Music Artist Award will be awarded to Sigiswald Kuijken. Now celebrating their fourth year, the REMA Early Music Awards are presented annually and were established to recognise exceptional contributions made by artists, institutions and projects for the promotion of early music.
This year’s awards ceremony will take place as part of the EUBO concert at St John’s Smith Square, London, at 7.30pm on 30 November 2018.
The EUBO, founded in 1985, enables young musicians from all over Europe who have recently completed their studies to acquire their first experience in a professional orchestra under the direction of eminent Baroque specialists. The success of the initiative is reflected in the number of former EUBO members who now play with the world’s leading Baroque ensembles.
Belgian violinist and conductor Sigiswald Kuijken is a pioneering figure in the field of Baroque performance practice for string players. He also rediscovered the viola da spalla, an instrument halfway between the viola and the cello.
REMA/EEMN (the European Early Music Network) now boasts more than 85 member organisations which programme early music concerts across Europe. It holds three conferences each year, enabling members to meet on a regular basis and helping foster partnerships between different organisations. The network has also established a number of other promotional activities, including the European Day of Early Music, which takes place annually on 21 March.
Founded in Ambronay in 2000, REMA is now based at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the network has also received funding for the period 2017-2021 from the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme.