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- White Sparrow / Friday evening 18/03/2016
- Duo Madoka Nakamaru & Wouter Dekoninck / Saturday evening 19/03/2016
- Duo Sigiswald Kuijken & Thomas Baeté / Sunday evening 20/03/2016


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Friday evening 18/03/2016
- White Sparrow:
White Sparrow is an award winning lute and voice duo formed in 2011 by Canadian mezzo-soprano Debi Wong and Norwegian lutenist Solmund Nystabakk. In their debut season, White Sparrow was selected as the 2012 winner of the NORDEM EAR-ly competition for young early music ensembles in the Nordic countries. They were also selected as one of only five “promising young ensembles” to participate in the International Young Artist Presentation at the 2013 Laus Polyphinae Festival in Antwerp. Since their debut, the duo has presented a number of recitals in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Canada and the USA. Notable performances include concerts on the BRQ Vantaa Festival in Finland, the Stockholm Early Music Festival Concert Series, the Midtown Concert series in New York City as well as a feature on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio show, North by Northwest. In the 2014 - 2015 season, White Sparrow made their debut in Denmark at the Copenhagen Renaissance Festival for the European Day of Early Music; they also give their first guest lecture at the Arctic University of Norway, and they will open the 2015 BarokkiKuopio Festival in Finland with their newest touring program,“Saints and Sinners”. White Sparrow is a lute and voice ensemble committed

PROGRAM
Mister Dowland’s Midnight The Music and Melancholy of John Dowland and his contemporaries “I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercise; and indeed, it goes so heavily     with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden         fire: why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. “ Hamlet, Act II.ii, William Shakespeare The Elizabethan era was one of victory and change; it was a time of enlightenment and innovation; a time of artistic abundance and celebration; it was the Golden Age. As the sun set, it was not uncommon for the theatres to roar to life with the newest of William Shakespeare’s plays, or for courtiers to gather round Queen Elizabeth while she danced the night away. But what happened when night fell? What happened when the celebrations and spectacles finished? Mister Dowland’s Midnight will guide you through the music and melancholy that defined the Elizabethan era, in songs and lute music of some of its foremost composers. From the feastly and flirtatious hours of the early eve, to the dark and lonely hour of midnight, Mister Dowland’s Midnight moves through the many stages of night, and invokes those seductive, serene and sorrowful thoughts that only emerge between sunset and daybreak. Promotional Videos: Preludium / Author Of Light: https://youtu.be/W5n8Mszjx2M Time Stands Still: https://youtu.be/9JTetXEoSGg
 



Saturday evening 19/03/2016
- Duo Madoka Nakamaru & Wouter Dekoninck
Madoka Nakamaru (violinist)
• Madoka was born in 1981 to music loving parents whose taste ran from classical to rock'n roll. At the age of three she took her first violin lessons with professor Eiichi Shirai. Madoka was immediately attracted to the violin and would often play duets with her piano playing sister. She began playing in orchestras while still very young, developing a love for the entire spectrum of instruments. In 2004 Madoka received her Diploma in violin from the University of Arts and Music in Tokyo. Following her graduation, she focussed more intently on the baroque violin as her main instrument under the guidance of Professor Natsumi Wakamatsu. Madoka was soon in demand as a baroque violinist and began regularly performing with Bach Collegium Japan, Orchestra Libera Classica and many others in Japan. In 2006 she completed her thesis on the famous violinist and composer HIF Biber and was subsequently awarded a diploma of baroque violin. In het same year, she was highly praised for her performance of Mendelssohn's violin concerto with the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra. Her intense interest in baroque music brought her to Belgium where she continued her studies under Professors Sigiswald Kuijken and Mira Glodeanu. Her studies were supported by scholarships awarded by both Japanese and Belgian governments. In 2008 Madoka founded chamber music group "LinGon" together with her friends to share her passion of early music, especially to focus on 16th and 17th century's music. IN 2009 Madoka was invited to play with Hildebrandt consort and this encounter lead her to play duo with Wouter Dekoninck. Madoka is currently engaged with many baroque groups as Les Muffati, Il Gardelino, Il Fondamento, Les Agrémens, Bach Concentus, Currende, Bach Plus, Red Herring and invited as a concertmaster of Ensemble Apothosis and Concert d'Anvers. She is also active in chamber music group such as Hildebrandt Consort, LinGon, Endemble Vendetta, WOLF to search for deep development of music together with her colleagues. Website: www.madokanakamaru.co
Wouter Dekoninck (organist, harpsichordist, artistic leader)
Wouter Dekoninck studied organ and harpsichord at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and, after numerous masterclasses in Belgium and abroad, obtained his specialization diploma with the highest honours. He regularly performs as a soloist and improviser at international organ festivals with or without his own transcriptions for the organ. Alongside these appearances, he collaborates with vocal and instrumental ensembles and participates in recordings for the radio and television. He has been the conductor and musical director of many orchestral and choir projects including Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, many of J.S. Bach’s cantatas and his Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requeim and Mendelssohn’s Paulus Oratorio, all performed on period instruments. In chamber music settings, he has close ties with Ann Cnop (baroque violin), Madoka Nakamaru (baroque violin) and Marian Minnen (baroque cello). He is the head organist of the wonderful historical Penceler Organ (1714) of St. Gertrude’s Church in Leuven. He also teaches organ and harpsichord at the music schools in Halle, Lennik and Sint-Agatha-Berchem. He is the artistic leader of the International Organ Festival St-Gertrude and of the festival Bach in Leuven. With his baroque ensemble the Hildebrandt Consort, he focuses on late baroque works, including those by J.S. Bach in particular, mostly in chamber music formations. Under his guidance, the Hildebrandt Consort has developed a unique, refreshing sound and an exceptional repertoire based heavily on new works composed by Wouter and his transcriptions of baroque music for organ and orchestra that retain the spirit and style of the original composer. Thus the ensemble proposes a completely innovative approach to the world of baroque (early)  Music: www.wouterdekoninck.org www.hildebrandtconsort.org www.bachinleuven.be                                                                            
 



Sunday evening 20/03/2016
- Duo Wieland Kuijken & Thomas Baeté
• Wieland Kuijken
Wieland Kuijken was born in Dilbeek (near Brussels) in 1938. He studied piano and cello at the conservatory in Bruges and obtained a higher diploma in cello from the conservatory of Brussels.
In addition to following the official curriculum at the conservatory, Wieland developed an interest in old music, and old playing techniques on old (traditional?) instruments. At the age of 18 he taught himself to play the viola da gamaba.
From 1960  until 1972 Wieland was member of the ‘Alarius Ensemble’ and made many recordings and concerts with them both here and abroad,  At the same time he was also a member of the ‘Ensemble Musique Nouvelle’ (which promoted ‘avant-garde’ music throughout Europe) and the ‘Belgian Bach Ensemble’.
Wieland made an international career together with his brothers, Sigiswald & Barthold, and with Gustav Leonhard, Frans Brüggen, Alfred Deller, and Anner Bijlsma amongst others.
From 1972 until 2003 Wieland taught at the Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. Wieland is a co-founder of ‘La Petite Bande’, the ‘Kuijken Stringquartet’ and ‘Collegium Europae’ (with whom he conducted many concerts and recordings from 1988 until 1996).  Wieland also took part in many international juries, including Bruges, Boston, Amsterdam, Leipzig, Köthen and Utrecht.
In 2003 he recorded together with his son Piet the 6 solo suites and sonatas for harpsichord and gamba of J.S. Bach. They have also done together many classical concert programs with works from Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and others.
• Thomas Baeté
Thomas Baeté (°1978) trained as a choirboy and violin player in his hometown Oostende, Belgium. After seeing the movie Tous les Matins du Monde (at age 16), he took up the viola da gamba as an autodidact, before studying it in Brussels and Barcelona with Wieland Kuijken, Jordi Savall and Sophie Watillon. He took masterclasses with Paolo Pandolfo.  As a viola da gamba and medieval fiddle player, Thomas performed with ensembles such as Mala Punica (Pedro Memelsdorff), Capilla Flamenca (Dirk Snellings), La Roza Enflorese, The Toronto Consort and Graindelavoix (Björn Schmelzer). Thomas is a member of  trio Osuna, with whom he explores mediterranean and central-asian traditional repertoire.  With his colleagues of the viol groups The Spirit of Gambo and Hathor Consort, he shares a passion for seventeenth century viol consort music. Over the past fifteen years, he has recorded about thirty CDs with these groups and his performance activities have taken him from Stokholm to Napoli, and further on to the USA and Canada, Peru, Colombia and Marocco. Thomas appeared in dance productions of ROSAS (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) and Les ballets C de la B (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).
In 2010, Thomas Baeté founded his own group ClubMediéval, an international ensemble of young specialists in late-medieval polyphony.
Their first CD presenting previously unrecorded music by the 14th Century abbot Paolo da Firenze, received high acclaim in the press. Transports Publics is the name of his ensemble for baroque music and The Shuffle Season is a Canadian-British-Belgian trio dedicated to irreverent mixing of vintage songs of times present and past.  Besides being a performing and recording artist, he works as a viola da gamba and medieval music teacher in Brussels and Leuven (Belgium) and regularly gets invited for coaching early music ensemble playing.
 

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