Baroque Collegium 1685 is an international ensemble which aims to explore and communicate Baroque music, especially oratorio-cantata pieces, with passion and drama. It was founded in April 2016 on Agnieszka Żarskaís initiative - Polish musicologist, conductor and culture manager, by performing J.S. Bachís Easter Oratorio BWV 249 in prestigious series: BACH 200 UW, organized by the University of Warsaw.
Baroque Collegium 1685 vocal ensemble is made up of the members of Szczawnicki Chór Kameralny (Szczawnica Chamber Choir), a group of passionate people, who for the last ten years, have made and popularized the vocal polyphony music of various epochs and styles. Since 2011 the Choir has organized an international artistic project called Baroque Explorations. It has also collaborated with professional singers and soloists on numerous projects and appeared in festivals in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic.
Baroque Collegium 1685 instrumental ensemble consists of virtuoso instrumentalists of HIP trend (Historically Inspired Performed) who perform, among others, with Musica Florea Praha orchestra by Marek Štryncl and others European ensembles. The artists give regular performances at festivals all over the Europe. They have made many recordings awarded with prestigious awards.