Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1989 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of specifically Austrian baroque music played on period-instruments. During its early years Ars Antiqua Austria gave numerous concerts while researching the achievements of Austria’s baroque composers in depth. Enthusiastic reviews welcomed CDs of music by Weichlein, Biber, Conti (together with the mezzosoprano Bernarda Fink), Viviani, Mealli, Arnold, Caldara, Aufschnaiter, Vilsmayr, Vejvanovsky, Schmelzer, Muffat and Johann Sebastian Bach.
In 2000 Ars Antiqua Austria commenced a cycle of concerts in the Vienna Konzerthaus on the theme of Austrian Baroque music. Beginning in 2001 the ensemble is playing a leading part in a concert series with more than 90 concerts called “Sound of Cultures – Culture of Sound”. Ten different programmes will being repeated in Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Cracow, Venice, Ljubljana, Mechelen, Budapest and Lübeck.
Recent tours have taken the ensemble to the Festival de la Musique Baroque at Ribeauville, Berlin Festival of Ancient Music, Festival Printemps des Arts at Nantes, Mozartfest at Würzburg (with an opera production), Tage Alter Musik at Herne, Festival de Musique de Clisson et de Loire Atlantique, Folles Journées de Nantes, Musée d’Unterlinden Colmar, Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Festival Baroque du Sablon, Salzburger Festspiele, Vlandern Festival, Festival Bach de Lausanne, Bologna Festival, Vendsyssel Festival, Concerti della Normale Pisa, Resonanzen Wien and Klangbogen Wien, as well as to the USA and Japan.
The CD recording together with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink (four cantatas by Francesco Conti) was awarded the Diapason d’Or just one week after its presentation, and the recording of Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani’s Capricci Armonici received a Cannes Classical Award 2002.