‘Musique en Nouvelle France’

CD REM/Radio Canada

Haydn Heritage, dir. Hendrik Bouman

"We hear in the ensemble Haydn-Heritage, recently formed by that extraordinary harpsichordist Hendrik Bouman, whom we have known for many years at the core of Musica Antiqua Köln, immense musical and stylistic qualities, in a unique programme of great beauty and rendered with a faith and a charm, one does not always encounter where one would most expect it."          

Diapason, Paris


Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman


"The challenge was to present to five thousand people a music which was not intended to be performed in such a setting [a stadium]. First let us make clear that everything was centred around the exceptional personality of Hendrik Bouman. Literally inhabited by music, he is a veritable source of inspiration for the musicians he directs, as well as for the audience. He possesses a sense of rhythm, of breathing, of phrasing and of colour, one encounters only rarely. Also, he has revealed himself to be a very gifted communicator and an extraordinary charmer of the masses."

Le Devoir, Montréal

20th C. World Première of LULLY'S ' Amadis'


Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman Atelier de l'Opéra, université Laval, Québec. ‘Live' broadcast for Les Grands Concerts de Radio Canada and in France, Belgium and Switzerland by Radio Canada International.

"Hendrik Bouman, former member of the prestigious ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, was clearly determined to win the public: not only to demonstrate a rending which was a credit to the subject but also, and especially, to impose his ensemble on the vast public which listened in the concert hall and at the 'live' broadcast on the radio. The Nations established very high standards here; what I heard 'live' on the radio Friday night was just as good and as beautiful as what we hear on records from the best ensembles from abroad on period instruments."

La Presse, Montréal

CD ‘5 Baroque Concertos for Anna’ [DASH]

Baroque SAMuse, direction Hendrik Bouman

“Bouman's writing is elegant and well grounded in knowledge of historic styles and performance practice.  ...both delightful and tasteful in its joie-de-vivre and bravura...bristling with energy, elegance, dialogue...reminding the listener that music is a supreme form of entertainment. His scoring for strings is exemplary… Bouman does not compromise when it comes to his choice of players; the disc sparkles with instrumental performance at its best.”

The Harpsichord and Fortepiano Magazine,

United Kingdom

"Fascinating. The music is very good; the fact that you have attracted so many eminent players certainly says something about your work."

A. Kaptainis, Toronto National Post

CDs 'Notebook for Anna I & II' [DASH]

Baroque SaMuse, direction Hendrik Bouman

I play the copy I purchased over and over, and I’m impressed each time.”

Steve Andrusiak, Executive Producer,

CBCTV, Maritimes, Canada

“...his [Hendrik Bouman’s] rare talent for creating Early Music in a new way.”

Cultural Quarterly, Sussex, United Kingdom

"... composition and improvisation in the styles of 17th & 18th Century Europe for which he is renowned."

Oxford Mail UK



”Some local music buffs will recall Bouman's meteoric Montreal career in the 1980's... after seven years with the ground breaking German ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln. Finally the Dutch-born harpsichordist made the leap from improvising in the styles of the baroque and classical masters to composing formal notated music in these styles.”

The Gazette, Montréal

HRH Princess diana's ground

“Hendrik Bouman was so moved by the passing of the princess that he immediately wrote a piece in her honour.  It was only composed yesterday and he would like to share it with you. So, here's HRH Princess Diana’s Ground, composed and performed by Hendrik Bouman.”

CBC / Radio Canada TV,  Evening News

Charlottetown, Canada, 2 Septembre 1997

CDs 'Notebook for Anna I & II' [DASH]

"A very beautiful product and very well made."

François Paré, Music Director,

Radio Classique, Montréal



Bouman on the 1647 Ruckers-Taskin harpsichord, Museum of the Cité de la Musique, Paris

"It's a bit overwhelming, Mr Bouman, to hear this kind of music come alive under the fingers of a musician. This piece that you have just played, this improvisation, could very well have been part of the great baroque repertoire as it fully embraces the style of that century, that era.

Radio France/France Musiques

Anne Montaron, "À l’Improviste"

Menuet du Matin'

"The music is so enchanting that we decided to adopt the piece as the theme music for our programme."

Martine Caron, producer, Les Bonheurs de Sophie,

Radio Canada, Montréal

"As a performer and a contemporary baroque composer, Hendrik Bouman is an extremely talented man. He could be taken for one of the Masters.”

Fen Watkin, Conductor [Order of Canada],

as quoted in the Guardian, Charlottetown Canada

Fantasy for solo Violin' - world premiere

"The technical fireworks with which Bouman provides him start lighting up the night air." [Hajo Bäss, violin]

The Mail Star, Halifax, Canada

"Time Stands Still with BOUMAN'S Chic Baroque -NOUVEAU COMPOSITIONS"

"Not only does Hendrik Bouman compose his own music, he even builds his harpsichords. In the St. Catherine Chapel he revealed himself an excellent performer whose playing is both lyrical and intelligent.”

Veluws Dagblad, Holland

Transcriptions for Harpsichord DUo

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos & Orchestral Suites

"One feels the extremely gifted harpsichordist who knows how to derive from the baroque orchestra all its magnificence and play of contrasts with an extraordinary suppleness."

Le Soleil, Quebec City, Canada

composeR [1993-2023] - 165 Compositions

Conductor & music director


HENDRIK BOUMAN - COMPOSER, Harpsichordist, PIANIST, conductor    

Harpsichord Concerto in D major, mvt.1: Allegro - Baroque SaMuse, direction & soloist Hendrik Bouman,

CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna © Hendrik Bouman-Dash 2010/ 2017


"An hour and a half of inspired music making. It is not how cleanly a harpsichordist executes the notes. Hundreds of performers can do that. What separates the artist from the rest of the pack is how he or she chooses to breathe life into this ever-changing ever-contrasting music. Bouman’s artistry came through time after time."

The Oregonian, Portland, USA

‘Prestige Concert'

Mozart Festival - Montreal Opera

"Hendrik Bouman who played for several years with Musica Antiqua Köln, has nimble fingers. He played the fortepiano in a manner that made one sit up. His imaginative style of playing made the evening interesting and often exciting."

The Gazette, Montreal, Canada

J.S. Bach - Two solo Ricercari

From the 'Musical Offering' - DGG/Archive

“In the two solo Ricercari which frame the Musical Offering of Bach, Hendrik Bouman reveals himself to be a harpsichordist of a marvellous nobility."

Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria

J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto V

"...the breathlessly eloquent harpsichord cadenza in the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, as given by Orchestre Les Nations de Montréal's artistic director Hendrik Bouman."

The Gazette, Montreal, Canada


"With his excellent and brilliant touché, his precipitous tempi, the Dutch harpsichordist Hendrik Bouman gave a performance [of Scarlatti] full of joyful vitality that was truly wonderful... Superb performances also of Bach and Couperin."

Il Secolo XIX, Genova, Italy

Hendrik Bouman is an extraordinarily fine harpsichord player. His playing is subtle, immaculate, and beautifully shaded."

The Mail Star, Halifax, Canada


"The solo by the Dutch harpsichordist Hendrik Bouman was of a quality one rarely get to hear."

Eindhovens Dagblad, Netherlands

“Bouman, primarily a soloist, demonstrates in his accompaniments a great capacity of adaptation and restraint. While meticulously maintaining the musical structure, he yet conveys a sense of free improvisation. This very balance carries art to its highest attainment."

Tagesblatt Heidelberg, Germany

J.S. Bach - Harpsichord Concerto

"The most exciting of all was of course Bach’s D major Harpsichord Concerto with Hendrik Bouman as soloist; his articulation and perfect technique made his play highly communicative."

Bonner Tageszeitung, Bonn, Germany

J.S. Bach - Musical Offering

Musica Antiqua Köln

"Hendrik Bouman was assigned the two solo versions of the Ricercari from Bach's Musical Offering; the music emerged rich and vivid, far more than is usually the case."

Hong Kong Standard Weekender, Hong Kong


DGG/Archive - Musica Antiqua Köln

"The interpretation is of a very high quality. One realises this notably in Suite No2, with Hendrik Bouman at the harpsichord, by sheer comparison: no other version has ever reached such clean articulation, rhythmic discipline, or dynamic equilibrium among the entwining voices." 

Diapason, Paris

Bach / Reincken - Sonata for Harpsichord

DGG/Archive - German Chamber Music Before Bach

“Thanks to the excellent harpsichordist Hendrik Bouman, the basso continuo is of an exciting plasticity; he has a marked rhythmical sense and a brilliant capacity for creating dynamics by means of his agogic play. His impressive solo [Bach’s elaborate harpsichord arrangement of a trio sonata by Reincken] shows off the superb quality of this technically and musically remarkable harpsichordist.”

Allgemeine Zeitung, Mainz, Germany

Schubert' - Winterreise

Hendrik Bouman accompanies Max van Egmond on the fortepiano

"...the solid and extremely polished performance by Hendrik Bouman." 

            Le Soleil, Québec City, Canada



Handel's 'Messiah

Portland Baroque Orchestra & Choir,

Guest conductor - Hendrik Bouman

"superb performance"

“Hendrik Bouman, guest conductor, provided sensitive leadership in Saturday's superb performance of Handel's Messiah. He appeared to work on an enormous and colourful canvas. Bouman’s tempi glittered, faithful to the dances that inspired much of the baroque musical idiom. This undercurrent of life and movement swept the work along on a crest of energy. The vitality of the performance was compelling and untiring. The result was a Messiah that was intelligent, jubilant, musical and highly civilised."

The Oregonian, Portland, USA"


Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman

"Better still: Hendrik Bouman infused this familiar music with such rhythmic vitality and originality of accentuation, that he made us somehow rediscover it."

La Presse, Montréal

HAYDN's  Symphony 102

Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman

"Bouman obtained not only a remarkable coordination from all the musicians, but also a perfect unity of style and vision. The result is precise, energetic and expressive, and his choice of tempi is always correct. In Haydn, the emotion expressed in the Adagio (yes I mean emotion, like in Bruno Walter’s interpretation), and later the humour in the final Presto was by no means accidental."

La Presse, Montréal


Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman

"To supply something distinctive within the limits of the no longer novel authentic genre would be a tall order. Hendrik Bouman and Les Nations succeeded in this task early. In terms of intonation, togetherness, semantic organisation and lyric impulse, the orchestra gave performances that can stand with those of celebrated rival organisations overseas and south of the border. "

The Gazette, Montréal