• Prof. Dr. Barthold Kuijken (BE)
  • Prof. Katharina Arfken (DE/CH)
  • Prof. Kate Clark (AU/NL)
  • Prof. Saskia Coolen (NL)
  • Prof. Paul Dombrecht (BE)
  • Prof. Michael Schneider (DE)

Prof. Dr. Barthold Kuijken (BE) | Jury presidency

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Prof. Dr. Barthold Kuijken

Barthold Kuijken is an eminent leader in the field of Early Music. A virtuoso baroque flute and recorder soloist, teacher, researcher, and conductor, he has shaped the fields of historical flutes and Historically Informed Performance over the last 40 years. His book, The Notation Is Not the Music, is an artful summary of his research, ideas, and reflections on music.

A Flemish native of Belgium (b. 1949), Kuijken has performed and recorded most of the repertoire for the baroque flute. He has collaborated with other early music specialists including his brothers, Sigiswald Kuijken (violin) and Wieland Kuijken (cello and gamba), but also with Gustav Leonhardt, Robert Kohnen, Bob van Asperen and Ewald Demeyere, Paul Dombrecht (oboe), Luc Devos and Piet Kuijken. Kuijken is active in publishing scholarly performance editions of 18th century repertoire including a newly annotated Urtext edition of J.S. Bach’s flute sonatas (Breitkopf and Härtel), Telemann’s flute fantasias and the six flute concertos in The Complete Works of C.P.E. Bach for the Packard Humanities Institute.

Kuijken is the artistic director and conductor of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. In 2014 he retired as professor of baroque flute at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. In 2013, Kuijken received the National Flute Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to playing in the baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, Kuijken has an active touring schedule as both soloist and recitalist, with concerts taking him throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.

Prof. Katharina Arfken (DE/CH)

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Prof. Katharina Arfken

Katharina Arfken, born in Northern Germany, is specialized in playing historical double-reed instruments. Her main interest is the oboe of the 18th century.

After working as an instrument maker, she studied baroque and classical oboe as well as renaissance double-reed instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, with Michel Piguet and at the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, with Ku Ebbinge.

Katharina Arfken has performed with leading ensembles, and taken part in numerous recordings, e.g. with Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Baroque Soloists (John Elliott Gardiner), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman). Concert tours have led her to Europe, Asia, Australia and North- and South America.

The former solo oboist of the Freiburger Barockorchester now puts her focus more on soloistic projects and chamber music. She is oboist in the Ensemble of the Bachstiftung St. Gallen/Switzerland. Under the baton of Rudolf Lutz, this ensemble is performing and recording all cantatas by J.S.Bach on CD and DVD. She also went on concert tours to the US and Latin-American with the International Bachakademie Stuttgart (Hans-Christoph Rademann).

As a soloist, Katharina Arfken has recorded the concerto by Franz Xaver Richter for the first time with the ensemble Alta Ripa (Dahbringhaus ad Grimm). Her latest recordings include the Mozart oboe concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the concerto for oboe d’amore by J.S.Bach (harmonia mundi, France). She has also recorded all triosonatas by Johann Friedrich Fasch (harmonia mundi).

Katharina Arfken is a professor for baroque and classical oboe at the music academy Basel, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, regularly gives summer courses and is responsible for the Quality Managemant in Teaching at the Schola Cantorum. She lives in Rheinfelden near Basel in Switzerland with her family.

Prof. Kate Clark (AU/NL)

Prof. Kate Clark

Prof. Saskia Coolen (NL)

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Prof. Saskia Coolen

Saskia Coolen studied recorder at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Kees Boeke and Walter van Hauwe. Beside that she studied the viola da gamba and musicology at the University of Utrecht.

Saskia Coolen was for 20 years member of La `Fontegara Amsterdam en she performed with ensembles like the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Freiburger Barockorchester, The King’s consort, Tragicomedia and the Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

With Camerata Trajectina she specializes in Dutch music from the Middle Ages until the Golden Age. This ensemble made already over 40 cd’s and played more than 1000 concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. They celebrated this year their 45th anniversary.

In 1994 she founded ensemble Senario to play chambermusic from the baroque era, with a special role for the recorder.
From 2004-2014 she was a member of Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam. This quartet plays besides early music a lot of contemparory music, specially composed for them. They make music theatre productions specially for kids.
With her own foundation Recorders she made several music theatre productions.

Saskia Coolen made a number of solo cd recordings for the label Globe, including Recorders recorded, a unique recording played on the collection of original 18th century recorders of the Gemeentemusuem Den Haag. With Arie Abbenes, the nestor of the bell player’s world, she plays in a spectacular combination of carillon and recorder, which also appeared on cd.

For years she was teaching at the conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam, nowadays she travels the world to teach at workshops, courses and masterclasses.
A leading thread through her work is historical improvisation. She teaches regularly diminution and ornamentation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Utrecht Conservatory.

Prof. Paul Dombrecht (BE)

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Prof. Paul Dombrecht

Oboist and conductor Paul Dombrecht is known to be an authority in the field of historical instruments and the interpretation of 18th and 19th Century music.

In 1989 he founded the “Il Fondamento” orchestra. The ensemble focuses on the historical practice of music from the 18th and early 19th Century. Paul is also the founder of the “Octophorus” ensemble, which plays exclusively music for woodwinds and brass instruments from the same early period. Besides all this, Paul also often plays in different chamber music ensembles.

As an opera conductor he brings together with Il Fondamento and other (modern) orchestras operas from Händel, Mozart, Traetta, Glück,…

His most important recordings as a soloist, as a conductor and as chamber musician were made for the labels Seon, Harmonia Mundi, Astrée, Opus 111, Accent, Vanguard Classics (Passacaille Collection), Passacaille and Fuga Libera.
Since 2004, Fuga Libera released different successful CD’s, with works of J.F. Fasch (Diapason d’Or and several other recommendations), G.Ph. Telemann (Christmas cantatas), en the integral orchestral and vocal-instrumental work of J.Ch.de Arriaga.

Paul Dombrecht is a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and is often invited to give masterclasses throughout the world.

In 2014 he was awarded the Georg-Philipp-Telemann-Price of the city of Magdeburg.

Prof. Michael Schneider (DE)

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Prof. Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider considers himself a musician in a comprehensive sense: he has performed with his chamber music ensemble Camerata Köln as soloist on both the transverse flute and the recorder. As the conductor of the baroque orchestra La Stagione Frankfurt, which he founded in 1988, and of other, also modern orchestras, he presents operas, oratories and symphonic literature from the baroque, early classical and classical period.

More than 100 recordings are proof of Schneider’s versatility in historically informed performance. Among his most current projects are the recordings of Telemann’s complete concerts with wind players (cpo) and the “Anthology of the Baroque Recorder Concerto” (cpo). He has worked with many orchestras as guest conductor and has managed the production of operas by Telemann, Händel, Hasse, Keiser, and Monteverdi at various theaters.

In 1980, Schneider was appointed professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and has worked at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts since 1983, where he established the Institute for Historically Informed Performance (HIP).

Michael Schneider was awarded the Telemann prize of the city of Magdeburg in 2000 and was a jury member of the International Telemann Competition multiple times.