Furor Musicus was founded by Antoinette Lohmann in 2008. Antoinette Lohmann (Amsterdam, 1969) studied the violin, the viola and the baroque violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She has been active in varied musical areas and her experience includes Argentinian tango, salon music, barok, contemporary music. As a freelance player, she has performed and recorded with many orchestras and ensembles over the years, from Flairck to Folk Music. Currently her repertoire stretches from the early seventeenth century to the 21st century, but always on period instruments. She has a special interest in unusual instruments such as the viola d’ amore, the tenor violin and the viola pomposa and exploring their repertoire. Since a few years she has also been an advocate of performing contemporary compositions for
The ensemble is primarily devoted to performing and recording little-known 17th- and 18th-century repertoire on period instruments and carrying out the necessary historical research. The performers wish to guard against simply going with the flow of traditions that have developed over the past decades within the historically informed performance movement. The name Furor Musicus derives from the term Furor Poeticus, a Latin expression often used to refer to poetic inspiration in ancient Greek and Roman literature. The word furo(r) refers to a state of intense excitement, in some cases even bordering on madness. The term Furor Poeticus refers to the capacity to be inspired and inspire others.