The primary occupation of the Wolfgang Bauer Consort is the performance of authentic Baroque chamber music pieces. The English Baroque term 'Consort' describes an ensemble comprising one or two soloists and a continuo of cello and harpsichord. The Consort's open structure provides the fundament for the comprehensive array and musical diversity of this performance in the monastery church, the outstanding acoustics and atmosphere of which is able to document the complete range of Baroque virtuosity.
Wolfgang Bauer studied in Berlin with Konradin Groth at the Berlin Philharmonic's Orchesterakademie. At 21 he was taken on by the RSO Frankfurt while still a student as principal solo trumpeter. He stayed with the orchestra for 12 years and was also solo trumpeter with the symphony orchestra of Bavarian Radio.
He has attended intensive study courses with Lutz Köhler and Ed. H. Tarr. His breakthrough as a soloist came in 1993, when he won the German Music Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in quick succession. Since then, he has been acknowledged as one of the leading trumpeters of his generation and has appeared as a soloist with famous orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Orchestre National de France, the SO of Bavarian Radio, the radio symphony orchestras of Stuttgart and Frankfurt, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Radio Philharmonic of Hanover, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, and the Württemberg and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under conductors including Lorin Maazel, Carl St Clair, Donald Runnicles, Dimitri Kitayenko, Andrey Boreyko, Denis R. Davis and Eliahu Inbal. In 2000 Wolfgang Bauer was appointed a professor of trumpet at the 'University of music and performing arts' in Stuttgart. In 2009 he was presented with the ECHO Klassik award for 'best instrumental soloist of the year'.
Since its foundation in 1994 the 'Wolfgang Bauer Consort' has been invited to festivals such as the 'Rheingau Music Festival', the 'Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival' and the 'Summer Festival' in Bad Kissingen. The consort has also featured on television and radio productions for 'Hessischer Rundfunk' (Hessian Broadcasting) and 'Norddeutscher Rundfunk' (North German Broadcasting).
The consort have recently released a live-recorded album from Maulbronn Abbey, which includes the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto by J.S. Bach et al.
Wolfgang Bauer, Martin Maier & Tobias Ziegler -Baroque Trumpet
Georg Siebert & Ingo Goritzki - Oboe
Arie Hordijk - Bassoon
Petra Müllejans & Dietlind Mayer - Violin
Ludwig Hampe - Viola
Clemens Weigel - Cello
Davide Vittone - Double Bass
Thomas Strauss - Harpsichord
Gregor Daszko - Timpani