The Festival, initiated by an Estonian early music ensemble Hortus Musicus and its leader Andres Mustonen, was born in 1989 of a series of winter baroque music concerts in the historical Tallinn Old Town and the Tartu University Hall. It soon acquired international dimensions as the Tallinn Baroque Music Festival with already world-famous performers. Since 2002 the Festival has significantly been widening its grasp of repertoire. Performers one can always find Hortus Musicus and its Academic Orchestra. This festival has hosted a variety of such famous musicians as Gustav Leonhardt, Jordi Savall, Barthold Kuijken, Emma Kirkby, Patrick Gallois, Edward Parmentier as well as Liana Isakadze, Michel Lethiec, Natalia Gutman, ensembles Timedance, Consort of Musicke, The Tallis Scholars, Red Priest, Providence, Concerto’91, Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, Taganka Theatre with Yuri Lubimov and others, whose way to Estonia has been paved by Andres Mustonen’s personality as a musician. In the last years Baroque Music Festival has been focusing on the interaction and connection between the Eastern and Western music cultures and national cultures' individualities.
The Artistic Director of Festival is violinist and conductor Andres Mustonen, an internationally acknowledged authority on Early Music. The Festival is organised by the State Concert Institute Eesti Kontsert.