• Prof. Dr. Barthold Kuijken
  • Prof. Katharina Arfken
  • Prof. Kate Clark
  • Prof. Carin van Heerden
  • Prof. Peter Van Heyghen
  • Prof. Michael Schneider

Prof. Dr. Barthold Kuijken (BE) | Chairman

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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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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)

Born in Sydney, Kate Clark graduated from the University of Sydney on modern and baroque flutes in 1985. In the same year she was a finalist in the Australian National Flute Competition and guest principal flute with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

From 1986-1990 she studied baroque and classical flutes with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague gaining her Soloist’s Diploma “cum laude,” and from 1990-1992 renaissance flute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland under the guidance of Anne Smith. In 1993 she won the first prize in the Brugge International Early Music Competition.

Since 1988 Kate Clark has performed and recorded throughout Europe as a soloist and with chamber ensembles (Musica Ad Rhenum, Amphion Ensemble, Cantus Cölln), and orchestras (Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Deutsche Händel-Solisten, Rheinische Kantorei, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel). As principal flautist with Les Musiciens du Louvre from 1994-2006 she toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She makes regular appearances in Australia as soloist with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and as artist-in-residence at the University of Western Australia.

Kate Clark gives lectures and courses in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Israel, and Australia, and she teaches historical flutes at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague.

Prof. Carin van Heerden (AT)

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Carin van Heerden was born in Cape Town (South Africa). She studied the recorder with Günther Höller and Walter van Hauwe and the baroque oboe with Helmut Hucke. She was the winner of international music competitions, among them the renowned international ARD competition in Munich (1988). Carin van Heerden is co-founder of the Austrian L’Orfeo Barockorchesters, directed by Michi Gaigg, and performs with this orchestra (also as soloist) in Europe and South Africa. She also heads the L’Orfeo Bläserensemble.

Carin van Heerden was professor for recorder at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne. At present she teaches the baroque oboe and recorder and heads the Institute for Early Music and Performance Practice at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. There, she also serves as the artistic director of the concert series “Alte Musik im Schloss”. She recorded for cpo, Cavalli Records and dmh/Sony.

Carin van Heerden is the German translator of Bruce Haynes’ monumental work „The eloquent Oboe“. She is often invited as member of the jury at international competitions for Early Music and for master classes internationally.

Prof. Peter Van Heyghen (BE)

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The recorder player and conductor Peter Van Heyghen graduated from the Royal Conservatory in Ghent (Belgium) and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland). He specializes in the Historically Informed Performance Practice of 16th, 17th, and 18th century music and engages in the rediscovery and revival of unknown works.

From 2004 to 2014 Van Heyghen conducted the baroque orchestra Les Muffatti. Since 2016 he is the musical director of the ensemble Il Gardellino. He performs regularly with his chamber music ensemble More Maiorum and his recorder consort Mezzaluna. As a conductor and soloist he was invited to numerous early music festivals in Bruges, Antwerp, Utrecht, and Saint Petersburg among others.

Van Heyghen teaches Historically Informed Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatories in Brussels and Den Haag as well as at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Beyond that, he is lecturing and running masterclasses and conducting workshops around the globe. In recent years he committed himself to the promotion of young musicians, for example as coach of the annual International Young Artist’s Presentation in Antwerp.

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.