April 3, 2011: Baroque Chamber Music
Sunday, April 3, 2011
3:00 p.m., Kellogg Music Center
Wieland Kuijken is a Belgian musician and player of the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in the twentieth century revival of the viola da gamba and early cello. Born to a musical family near Brussels, he began studies on the cello at the Conservatory at Bruges in 1952. He then attended the Brussels Conservatory, winning the Prix d'Excellence in 1962. His musical activities as a student in Brussels were varied and included performance with the contemporary music ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. At the same time, he began to teach himself the viola da gamba, and from 1959 to 1972, he performed with the Alarius Ensemble, an ensemble devoted to performances of French Baroque music. Soon thereafter, the name "Kuijken" became synonymous with stylistically accurate performances of Baroque music thanks to concerts with his brothers Sigiswald (violin) and Barthold (flute) in the Kuijken Early Music Group. Specializing in the bass viol, Wieland Kuijken has performed and recorded a large repertoire as both a continuo player and soloist. His recordings of Bach, Marais, and Forqueray have garnered critical acclaim, and his repertoire encompasses music by composers as late as Mozart and Boccherini. He has taught at the conservatories of Antwerp, Brussels, and the Hague, and has been a featured performer at festivals of early music such as Flanders, Saintes, and the English Bach Festival. Aside from his brothers, notable collaborators have included Alfred Deller, Frans Brüggen, Jordi Savall, and Gustav Leonhardt.
Eva Legêne, recorder virtuosa, is known throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia for her remarkable performances. Born in the Netherlands as member of the third generation in a large family of musicians, Eva Legêne studied with Frans Brüggen, and taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. After her marriage to a Danish mathematician she taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for over a decade. In 1985 she became professor of music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Early Music Institute in Bloomington IN, and director of the annual Recorder Performer’s Seminar, and Summer Recorder Academy. In 2009 she retired from Indiana University and now lives in Germany. She continues teaching master classes in Europe and the United States.
Eva Legêne is a frequent guest at international festivals and appeared in concert with many renowned early music artists such as Frans Brüggen, Hopkinson Smith, Bruce Dickey, Sigiswald, and Barthold Kuijken, John Gibbons, and regularly tours the US with gambist Wieland Kuijken. As a soloist she premiered Bernhard Heiden’s Concerto for Recorder with the Minneapolis Chamber Orchestra, and performed Steve Stucky’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra (Etudes) with the New Music Ensemble at Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. In January 2007, she premiered and recorded Gerald Plain’s Recorder Concerto with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
She has published several articles on the recorder and related issues, and has recorded for radio and television in Europe, the US, Australia, Canada, and Asia, and for the labels Telefunken, Denon, Focus, and Rondo Records. A recording with music by Telemann with Michael McCraw (bassoon) and Washington McClain (oboe) will be released by Focus Records.
Arthur Haas is renowned throughout Europe and America as a peerless pedagogue and performer of Baroque and contemporary music. After receiving top prize in the 1975 Paris harpsichord competition, Mr. Haas remained in Paris from 1975 to 1983, performing in most major French early music festivals including le Festival Estival de Paris, Mai Musical de Bordeaux, and the Saintes Early Music Festival. Praised by Le Monde for his interpretation of French keyboard music, Professor Haas has recorded duo-harpsichhord music of Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie, solo CDs of music by D'Anglebert, Forqueray, and harpsichord music of the English Restoration. Prof. Haas is a member of the Aulos Ensemble and Musical Assembly, and has toured with such leading Baroque musicians as Marion Verbruggen, Julianne Baird, Stephen Preston, and Laurence Dreyfus. Much in demand as a teacher, Prof. Haas is a faculty member of summer early music music institutes in Berkeley, Amherst, and the Longy School of Music; he has also taught at the Eastman School and at Stanford University.