Hendrik BOUMAN, renowned Dutch harpichordist, pianist and conductor, specialized in music of the 17th and 18th century, is also an avid improviser and prolific composer of music in the historical styles of the baroque and classical era.

Hendrik Bouman begins his career in 1976 as principal harpsichordist of the prestigious ensemble Musica Antiqua Cologne with which he makes world tours, under the auspices of the Goethe Institute, and records extensively for DGG / Archiv and EMI.

To date Hendrik Bouman’s compositions number 140 works for various instrumental formations, of which he has recorded 48 on 7 Cds and world premiered over three-quarters in solo, in duo recitals and with his ensembles Baroque SaMuse and Concerto Felice, in Europe, Canada, India and South Africa.

In 2009, Hendrik Bouman called on his musician friends from France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Quebec and the United Kingdom - all renowned soloists and artistic directors in their own right, with whom he had worked previously - to join his ensemble The Baroque Muse / Baroque SaMuse for the world-premiere in Brighton, England, of his 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna, for violin, flute, recorder, cello, harpsichord and strings.

Subsequently, The Baroque Muse / Baroque SaMuse, consisting of Simon Standage, Alison Bury, Andrew Kerr [United Kingdom], Hendrik Bouman and Heiko ter Schegget [Netherlands], Hajo Bäss [Germany], Tormod Dalen [Norway/France], Olivier Brault and Grégoire Jeay [Québec, Canada], recorded the 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna on CD, under Bouman’s direction, in the ‘Great Tudor Hall’ of  Viscount Gage’s ancestral home ‘Firle Place’ in the Sussex Downs, England.

Simon Standage, Hajo Bäss, Heiko ter Scheggett, Tormod Dalen and Grégoire Jeay also recorded Hendrik Bouman’s unique collection of instrumental solos on the CD 7 Baroque Solos for Anna, both in Firle Place and in the ancient church of Berwick, renowned for its frescoes by the Bloomsbury group.

The recordings of Hendrik Bouman’s baroque and classical ccompositions are acclaimed by the press and prominent players and connaisseurs from the music world, both for the "elegant and exemplary style of composition" and "instrumental performance at its best."

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Hajo Bäss, German violinist and viola player specialised on period instruments, is renowned as a "formidable player". During his youth he was awarded the German National Prize for Young Musicians.

Hajo Bäss begins his career as co-founder of the prestigious ensemble Musica Antiqua Cologne with which he makes world tours and records extensively for DGG / Archiv and EMI.

He is also co-founder of Les Adieux, a period ensemble specialised in 18th century post-baroque repertoire, and Concerto Felice, specialised in the performance of Hendrik Bouman’s numerous orchestral and chamber music composed in baroque and classical styles.

Bäss receives for his numerous recordings many prestigious prizes and awards, such as the Grand Prix International du disque (Paris), Early Music Award (United Kingdom), Grand Prix du Disque, Edison Award (Netherlands), Diapason d’Or (Paris) and the Buxtehude Prize (Germany).

Hajo Bäss's former colleague from Musica Antiqua Köln, Hendrik Bouman, dedicates several of his contemporary baroque compositions to Hajo Bäss which he world premieres for Radio Canada / CBC in the Canadian festivals, Indian River and Halifax 1749, notably the solo Fantasia for Violin, and the Sonata for Violin and obligato Harpsichord in D major. As viola player with Bouman's ensemble Baroque SaMuse he records the CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna, and he records as soloist on the CD 7 Baroque Solos for Anna, the Prelude & Fugue for Viola which Hendrik Bouman also dedicates to him.

Hajo Bäss is former professor of the prestigious Scola Cantorum of Basel in Switzerland, and gives masterclasses world-wide.  He is principal viola player with the baroque orchestra Stagione Frankfurt.

Simon Standage, “the British ambassador of the baroque violin” is at the origin of several of England's foremost baroque orchestras since half a century.

After serving the English Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia as its principal violinist, he dedicates himself exclusively to the baroque violin. He is co-founder of the English Concert with Trevor Pinnock, and shared the direction of the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood.

Simon Standage is first violin in his Salomon Quartet, one of the first string quartets in modern times to play period instruments. He is co-founder with Richard Hickox of Collegium Musicum 90 with which he records extensively. Simon Standage is regularly invited to direct specialised orchestras in America, in Europe and in Japan, notably the Collegium Musicum Telemann, Osaka, and the Haydn Sinfonietta, Vienna.

During his extensive career Simon Standage participates as soloist in 300 Cd productions, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the complete violin concertos of Mozart and Haydn. Noteworthy among the many prizes Simon Standage receives is the Telemann Prize awarded by the city of Magdebourg in Germany for his contribution to Telemann's music, notably by a 10-disc production for Chandos. in 2008 was awarded a medal for services to Polish culture and was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in 2009.

Simon Standage is the dedicatee of two works by Hendrik Bouman: the Classical Sonate for violin and piano, and the Violin Concerto in D major which he world premieres in the 2009 Eastbourne Festival and in the 2009 festival series Baroque by the Sea in Brighton, England, respectively. Simon Standage, concertmaster of Hendrik Bouman's Baroque SaMuse (The Baroque Muse) records the CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna, including Bouman's Violin Concerto, and records for the CD 7 Baroque Solos for Anna Bouman's Solo Fantasy for Violon in G major. The Violin Duo in E major of Hendrik Bouman is dedicated to both Simon Standage and his colleague Olivier Brault.

Simon Standage is Professor of baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and teaches at summer courses in Europe.

Olivier Brault, virtuoso baroque violinist from Québec, is praised in the international press  as a "charismatic concertmaster" and a soloist of "expressive dynamism and expertise". He is associate director and soloist of the prestigious American baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire (formerly the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), with which he tours regularly in North America and Europe.

Director-founder of the ensemble Sonate 1704, he is principal violionist and soloist with several baroque ensembles based in Quebec: Les Boréades de Montreal, Ensemble Caprice, Les Idées Heureuses, La Nef, Les Voix humaines, Quatuor Franz Joseph and La Bande Montréal Baroque. He is also soloist with the Akron Symphony in the United States and Baroque SaMuse in Europe.

Olivier Brault produces over fifty recordings for Atma, Analekta and Teldec, several of which are rewarded prestiguous prizes. As core member and soloist of Baroque SaMuse, he world premieres several of Hendrik Bouman's chamber music compositions, notably in the Festival Montréal Baroque, and records the CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna for Arya. Hendrik Bouman dedicates his Violin Duo in E major to Olivier Brault and his colleague Simon Standage.

Olivier Brault received a doctorate degree from the Université de Montreal, for his research on the Violin Sonata in 18th Century France. He teaches at McGill University and the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal and gives masterclasses and lecture-demonstrations at Case Western Reserve University and the Oberlin Concervatory of Music, in the United States. In 2011, Oliver Brault was awarded the medal of the Assemblée Nationale du Quebec of the Québec government for his contribution to the cultural life of the nation.

Heiko ter Schegget from the Netherlands, is renowned as an "indomitable and superb master of the recorder".  With his vast repertoire that extends from the 12th to the 21st century, he is invited to perform throughout Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States. He performs on instruments which he builds, totalling, to date, 50 recorders made after 25 historical originals.

As soloist, Heiko ter Schegget has performed under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe and Jos van Immerseel. He is frequently heard with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman with whom he has made the award winning production of the complete Bach Cantatas, and with the Netherlands Bach Society, notably for their mega production of the complete works by Bach. 

In 2009 Heiko ter Schegget releases the CD of Handel’s sonatas which he plays on an original treble recorder by Peter Bressan (1710) from Frans Brüggen's private collection,  followed by a CD of  Sonatas by Telemann.

Heiko ter Schegget world premieres in 2009 Hendrik Bouman's Sonata for Recorder and basso continuo in C minor in the concert series Baroque by the Sea Eastbourne, UK, and subsequently joins the ensemble Baroque SaMuse / The Baroque Muse in the world premiere and recording of Hendrik Bouman's Recorder Concerto in C major which Hendrik Bouman dedicates to him. In 2011 Heiko ter Schegget world premieres the 16 Variations on Berendt Botje which Hendrik Bouman also dedicates to him, in the Eastbourne Festival in England and then records these variations on the CD 7 Baroque Solos for Anna.

Widely renowned as a pedagogue, his students come from all over the world to study with him at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music in Holland.

Tormod dalen, Norwegian cellist residing in Paris, is renowned for "his titanic force and very beautiful phrasing". “The subtlety and dynamism” of his play finds its inspiration in baroque dance in which he has gained an expertise. He is co-founder of Ensemble Braccio which specialises in the earliest music for the violin family, and of Ritratto dell’Amore.

Tormod Dalen is principal cellist of Herve Niquet's Concert Spirituel, and of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, and he collaborates regularly with the baroque ensembles, Les Talents

He records for Glossa, Deutsche Gramophon, Emi, Naxos and Calliope.

In 2002, with Hendrik Bouman's ensemble Concerto Felice, Tormod Dalen world premieres several of Bouman's contemporary baroque compositions, notably in the Wallonie Festival in Belgium. In Autumn 2009 he joins as soloist of Hendrik Bouman's The Baroque Muse / Baroque SaMuse with which he world premieres in Brighton, England, Hendrik Bouman's Cello Concerto in A minor which he then records at Viscount Gage’s ancestral home, Firle Place in Sussex, on the CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna. In the Eastbourne Festival in England in 2011, Tormod Dalen world premieres Bouman’s Cello Suite in D major and records this work on the CD 7 Baroque Solos for Anna.

Tormod Dalen received a doctorate from the Norwegian National Academy of Music for his thesis on Choreographic gestures in Bach's Cello Suites. He teaches at the Norwegian National Academy of Music and is invited to give university lectures and masterclasses in Europe.

  1. The Baroque Muse / Baroque SaMuse - direction Hendrik Bouman

Violin  Concerto in D major mvt. 1II, composed by © Hendrik Bouman

Soloist - Simon Standage

The Baroque Muse, direction Hendrik Bouman - CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna  [Arya]