Orchestra leaders

Eva Borhi

Eva Borhi was born and raised in Szombathely, Hungary. Since successfully completing her concert diploma in Szeged, she has specialised as a baroque violinist. She has also studied in Dresden, Trossingen and Basel with Simon Standage, John Holloway, Anton Steck and Chiara Banchini.

Together with Ensemble 415, led by Chiara Banchini, she has given many concerts throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. She is first violinist of Almaviva, a string quartet that specialises in the performance of classical works on historical instruments. She is an artist in numerous CD recordings, international concerts and opera productions with the Freiburger Barockorchester and acts as orchestra leader for various projects of La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. She is a co-founder of Capricornus Consort Basel, with which she has recorded several CDs. One of these was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK prize in 2014.

Eva Borhi has been leader of the Orchestra of the J. S. Bach Foundation since September 2017.

Renate Steinmann

Renate Steinmann, baroque violinist and baroque violist, is a highly respected performer, teacher, orchestra leader and programme manager.

Since its inception in 2006, Renate Steinmann has been a key figure at the J.S. Bach Foundation. As orchestra leader, she formed the original string section and is responsible for its ongoing development. She shares responsibility for artistic and personnel decisions related to the Foundation’s ambitious and internationally renowned project to perform and record the entire vocal oeuvre of J.S. Bach. She also works in the post-production team (editing and sound balance) on the Foundation’s CD and DVD series with conductor Rudolf Lutz and tonmeister Stefan Ritzenthaler (Gallus Media). In February 2014, the Foundation’s studio recording of the St Matthew Passion was released on CD with Renate Steinmann as principal orchestra leader. Since 2006, she has worked with numerous distinguished artists, including Katharina Arfken, Michi Gaigg, Peter Harvey, Klaus Mertens, and Sibylla Rubens.

Renate Steinmann has been orchestra leader of the Zürcher Barockorchester since 2006 and its artistic director since 2014; she also performs as a soloist with the ensemble and is instrumental in the development of its programmes. In 2013, she produced a CD of courtly music from Dresden with the ensemble for the German label Rondeau Production. This project was followed by two programmes per year between 2014 and 2016 dedicated to music of the early Bohemian baroque and the high German baroque. In 2017, the Zürcher Barockorchester performed with soprano Miriam Feuersinger at the festival “Tagen für alte Musik Regensburg”; the concert was recorded live by the Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk (BR Klassik).

In 2014, Renate Steinmann featured as baroque violist with baroque violinist John Holloway on a recording of works by John Dowland. The CD was released by the label EMC and won first prize at the International Classical Music Awards in 2015.

In addition to her diverse engagements as guest orchestra leader (such as for Gli Angeli de Genève, led by Stephan MacLeod), Renate Steinmann also teaches music at the upper secondary school in Wettingen, Aargau. She has taught violin, viola, chamber music, and orchestral music at the school since 1999 and has prepared numerous young musicians for professional studies. She also directs the local “Wettinger Sommerkonzerte”, a concert cycle that aims to foster music appreciation among young people by organising programmes and concert formats that appeal to a young audience. In addition, Renate Steinmann teaches baroque violin and baroque viola in the further education and training programme of “Werkstatt für alte Musik Zürich”, a workshop for early music.

Renate Steinmann has an excellent tertiary education and an extensive international network. She graduated from the conservatorium of Winterthur and Zurich (Musikhochschule Winterthur Zürich) with a masters of performance in both violin (under Nora Chastain) and viola (under Wendy Enderle). She then continued her musical studies for several years with Elisabeth Wallfisch in London to deepen her knowledge of historical source analysis and performance practice of baroque and classical repertoire.