Concerto Grosso Berlin was formed in 1995 by the Baroque violinist Beatrix Hellhammer together with Britta Gemmeker (violin and viola), Andreas Vetter (cello) and Sabine Erdmann (harpsichord & organ), together with Martin Backhaus (baritone).
The ensemble exclusively performs the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It devotes itself both to the interpretation of familiar Baroque and Classical works and to the rediscovery of unjustly forgotten masterpieces. The musicians of Concerto grosso Berlin are less concerned with pedantic authenticity than with finding modern, living forms of expression that change traditional listening habits.
Concerto grosso Berlin is flexibly constituted, performing with historical instrumental resources in small-scale chamber works as well as in large orchestral works and oratorios. The orchestra has worked with the National and Cathedral Choir and the Hugo Distler Choir (both Berlin). Concert tours have taken the musicians to Norway, Poland and Spain.