Barthold Kuijken

Biography

Born: March 8, 1949; Dilbeek, Belgium  
Barthold Kuijken is among the most prominent Belgian musicians involved in the performance of early music on authentic instruments. He often appears in concert with his brothers Wieland, a cellist and viola da gamba player, and Sigiswald, a violinist, viol player, and conductor. Often, Paul Dombrecht joins them on oboe, with either Gustav Leonhardt or Robert Kohnen on harpsichord. Though Barthold Kuijken's flute and recorder repertory largely Read more falls into the Baroque era, he plays works by Haydn (divertimentos and trios), Mozart (the flute quartets), Schubert (violin/flute sonatas), and other pieces from the Classical era. Kuijken typically appears in chamber music performances, but he has devoted much time throughout his career to playing in early music ensembles, such as the Parnassus Ensemble, the Collegium Aureum, and La Petite Bande. Kuijken has appeared on more than 40 recordings spread across several labels, including Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi, Accent, Naïve, and EuroArts.

Barthold Kuijken was born into a musically gifted family on March 8, 1949, in Bilbeek (near Brussels), Belgium. He is the youngest of the three Kuijken brothers and thus benefited from his older siblings' example and teaching. Barthold studied music at the Bruges Conservatory, the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. At the latter school, Frans Vester instructed him on flute and Frans Brüggen on recorder.

Kuijken became interested in the Baroque flute at the Brussels Conservatory and began teaching himself to play the instrument from that time. After his student years he began regularly appearing in concert engagements with his brothers and other musicians. Eventually, the Kuijkens toured Europe, much of Asia, Australia, Israel, and the Americas. Sigiswald Kuijken founded La Petite Bande in 1972, and from around that time Barthold began appearing as a regular member of the ensemble. By the later twentieth century, he was well established on the concert scene, as well as in the recording studio.

In the new century, Barthold's recordings have been appearing with greater frequency. Among his efforts was a 2008 CD on Accent entitled French and Italian Flute Music of the Eighteenth Century. He is joined on this two-disc album by his brother Wieland and Robert Kohnen in trio works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Montéclair, Blavet, and others. Barthold Kuijken has also continued to remain active in the new century in his other profession, that of flute teacher at both the Hague and Brussels Conservatories. Read less
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Biography

Born: March 8, 1949; Dilbeek, Belgium  
Barthold Kuijken is among the most prominent Belgian musicians involved in the performance of early music on authentic instruments. He often appears in concert with his brothers Wieland, a cellist and viola da gamba player, and Sigiswald, a violinist, viol player, and conductor. Often, Paul Dombrecht joins them on oboe, with either Gustav Leonhardt or Robert Kohnen on harpsichord. Though Barthold Kuijken's flute and recorder repertory largely Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Grave
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Cortesemente
IV. Vivace
I. Grave
II. Vivace
III. Cunando
IV. Vivace
I. Andante
II. Presto
III. Con tenerezza
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Ondeggiando
IV. Allegro
I. Cantabile
II. Vivace
III. Mesto
IV. Spirituoso
V. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Presto
IV. Dolce
V. Vivace
I. Adagio cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Poca adagio
III. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Finale: Presto
I. Andante con expressione
II. Adagio
III. Tempo di menuet
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto - Allegretto
III. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Menuetto
III. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Menuetto
I. Moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Scherzo: Presto
I. Moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio ma non tanto
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Largo e dolce
III. Allegro
I. Adagio ma non tanto
II. Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Allegro assai
I. Andante
II. Largo e dolce
III. Presto -
III. [Allegro]
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Ricercar a 3 voci (Harpsichord)
Canon perpetuus (Flute, Violin, Continuo)
Canon a 2 (Harpsichord)
Canon a 2 (Two Violins, Continuo)
Canon a 2, per motum contrarium (Transverse flute, Harpsichord)
Canon a 2, per augmentationem, contrario motu (Two Violins, Bass Viol)
Canon a 2, per tonos (Violin, Harpsichord)
Fuga canonica (Violin, Harpsichord)
Ricercar a 6 (Harpsichord)
Canon a 2, Quaerendo invenietis, (Harpsichord)
Canon a 4 (Two Harpsichords)
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
Canon perpetuus, contrario motu (Transverse flute, Violin, Continuo)
I. Presto assai
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
I. Presto assai
II. Menuetto
III. Adagio
IV. Presto assai
I. Presto
II. Adagio
II. Menuetto
IV. Presto assai
I. Vivace
II. Andante moderato
III. Menuetto
IV. Fantasia moderato and Variations
I. Presto
II. Andante moderato
III. Menuetto
IV. Fantasia moderato and Variations
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Finale: Vivace
I. Andante
II. Allegro
I. Spirituoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. (Allegro)
I. (Allegro)