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Barthold Kuijken

, conductor

Barthold Kuijken was born in 1949; he grew up in a musical environment: two of his elder brothers were studying music and became increasingly interested in early music and early instruments. He studied modern flute at the Bruges Conservatory and the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. For playing early music he originally turned to the recorder, but while still studying, he had the good fortune of finding a splendid original baroque flute, which became in fact his best teacher. Research on authentic instruments in museums and private collections, frequent collaboration with various flute and recorder makers, and assiduous study of 17th- and 18th-century sources helped him to specialize in the performance of early music on original instruments. At the same time, on the Boehm-flute, he was a member of the Brussels-based ensemble %22Musiques Nouvelles%22, focusing on avant-garde music. Soon he started to play with his brothers Wieland (viola da gamba and baroque cello) and Sigiswald (baroque violin), with René Jacobs (countertenor), Paul Dombrecht (baroque oboe), Lucy van Dael (baroque violin), and with harpsichordists Robert Kohnen, Gustav Leonhardt and Bob van Asperen. Mr. Kuijken is flutist in the baroque orchestra %22La Petite Bande%22 and plays chamber music concerts all over the world. Since 1986, he has extended his activities into orchestral conducting.

He is often invited to serve as guest professor or as jury member in international competitions. He has recorded extensively for various labels. His discography includes such key works from the baroque and classical repertoire as the fantasias, tios and Paris quartets by Telemann, suites by Couperin, Hotteterre and Montéclair, sonatas by Leclair, C.P.E. Bach, Handel and other Italian and German composers, duets by W.F. Bach, trios and quartets by Haydn and Mozart, quintets by Boismortier, and concertos by Bach, Stamitz, Richter, Haydn and Mozart. He teaches baroque flute at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague, where he has fostered the talents of many gifted young flutists.
TELEMANN: Oeuvres pour flûte et violes
Les Voix humaines
March, 2004
Suites concertantes
Arion Orchestre Baroque
August, 2001