New CD with il Gusto Barocco
Heinichen Flavio Crispo SWR/cpo, 2018

Jörg Halubek
conductor / maestro al cembalo

Jörg Halubek is one of the most promising early music specialists not only as a conductor, but also as a harpsichordist and organist. He received a great deal of attention in December 2018 for Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610”, performed at the Mannheim National Theatre and directed by Calixto Bieito. The production is the third part of the Monteverdi cycle begun in 2017, for which Jörg Halubek is musically responsible with “il Gusto Barocco”, the Baroque orchestra he founded. Another highlight of the season was an invitation to the Komische Oper Berlin, where he interpreted Händel’s “Poro, Re dell’Indie” in March, directed by Harry Kupfer. In July, he concluded the season at the Ansbach Bach Week 2019, where “il Gusto Barocco” had been engaged as the festival orchestra. Outstanding projects of the ongoing season are Mozart’s “Idomeneo” at the Staatstheater Kassel and the first ever staged Handel opera in the Ukraine “Acis and Galatea” performed by the baroque opera platform OPEN OPERA KJIV. In 2020, the Mannheim Monteverdi cycle is going to proceed with “L’Orfeo” and “Cleofida”, the re-discovered Handel opera “Poros” arranged with German recitatives by G.Ph. Telemann, will be performed in the Stuttgart Liederhalle and at the Tage Alter Musik in Herne.

In recent years, Jörg Halubek guest conducted the opening premiere of the Händel Festival in Halle 2018, at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2017, a staged presentation of Bach’s St John Passion at the Wuppertal Opera House 2015, and the premiere of Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello’s pastoral opera “La Tisbe” in Stuttgart 2012, among other appearances. Since 2012 he has regularly been responsible as guest conductor for opera productions at the Staatstheater Kassel, where he has conducted Mozart’s “Lucio Silla”, Gluck’s “Iphigenie”, Händel’s “Saul” and a programme with staged Bach Cantatas, among other works. He is particularly interested in the dramatic timeliness of early works, and he advocates realizing the full interpretative potential of the freedoms of early music.

Besides working as a conductor, Jörg Halubek has been active as harpsichordist and organist both in Germany and abroad since winning the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2004. His expertise in working with early music is proven by award-winning recordings of works for keyboard instruments and violin with the Baroque violinist Leila Schayegh: Johann Sebastian Bach’s in 2016 and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s in 2014. Last year, the first recording of the Baroque opera “Flavio” by Johann David Heinichen with “il Gusto Barocco” has been be released. Besides his operatic engagements, he is currently working on a complete recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ works on original instruments.

The professor for historical keyboard instruments at Stuttgart’s State University of Music studied sacred music, organ and harpsichord in Stuttgart and Freiburg with Jon Laukvik and Robert Hill. He specialised in historical performance practice with Jesper Christensen and Andrea Marcon at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.