Stylistically assured, masterly, and truly setting the tone for the early music scene: these are the labels that professional observers have bestowed on the New Düsseldorf Court Music ensemble, not least through the award of the Classics prize “Echo 2002”. The ensemble's name refers not only to its place of origin but also to its aim of exploring and cultivating the rich musical legacy of the Palatine dukes and electors who maintained palaces in Düsseldorf in the 17th and 18th centuries. The high standard of this undertaking is guaranteed by Baroque music specialists who have long been intensively involved with period performance matters. The “Court Music” is now known far beyond Düsseldorf, because the ensemble not only presents its own successful concert series “Raum & Klang” (Space & Sound) in Schloss Benrath but also performs on tour in other European countries. It makes regular guest appearances at early music festivals and has been engaged for productions by such broadcasting companies as West German Radio and Deutschlandfunk.