Hamburger Ratsmusik: an ensemble with 500 years of history. This contrast triggers a creative dialogue between tradition and the present, from Baroque music to a lively interpretation. The origins of Hamburger Ratsmusik date back to the the 16 th century, and Hamburg's breath of fresh air supports its modern musical appeal. The unique repertoire from along the river Elbe, from the entire renaissance, baroque and classical eras never fail to fascinate the musicians and their audience.
Revived in 1991 by the viola da gamba-player Simone Eckert the ensemble today focuses on playing the important German and European festivals the USA and China. More than 30 CDs, featuring mostly world first recordings, performances for the most important European classic radio stations document its musical rediscoveries. The international press praises its subtlety and its profound knowledge of baroque style. Hamburger Ratsmusik has become a leading ensemble for early music and was awarded the renown ”Echo Klassik“ in 2006 and 2010.