30-10-1934 - 13-08-2014
Frans Brüggen is one of the world's foremost recorder players and conductors. In both capacities, he is an advocate of historically accurate performance practice of early music. As a recorder player, he has also premiered contemporary compositions. Brüggen has taught some of the leading recorder players in the Netherlands and ...
blokfluit, dirigent, traverso
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De Nederlandse Bachvereniging
1946 Lucy van Dael
1948 Wilbert Hazelzet
1969 Marcel Beekman
1981 Teunis van der Zwart
2000 Pieter-Jan Belder
2001 Hannes Minnaar
2011 Lenneke Ruiten
2012 Judith van Wanroij
2012 Lenneke Ruiten
Biography Frans Brüggen
Frans Brüggen is one of the world's foremost recorder players and conductors. In both capacities, he is an advocate of historically accurate performance practice of early music. As a recorder player, he has also premiered contemporary compositions. Brüggen has taught some of the leading recorder players in the Netherlands and the world. Among his extensive collection of recorders and flutes are instruments made by some of the legendary early makers, such as Bressan and Haka (recorders) and Stanesby (traverso). He has allowed the recorder maker Hans Coolsma to create copies of some of the instruments. Brüggen is also active as an editor of new editions of early compositions.
Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw
Frans Brüggen is born on October 30 in Amsterdam.
He graduates from the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum after studying with Kees Otten, who was the first recorder player to teach and perform on the instrument at a professional level.
1952 - 1956
Brüggen takes classes in musicology at the University of Amsterdam. In 1953 he passes the National Exam for the flute. At age 21, he becomes a recorder teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, a position that brings him international fame.
He begins the Brüggen Consort, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of early music.
1968 - 1969
The composer Makoto Shinohara dedicates his recorder piece 'Fragments' to Brüggen. Peter Schat composes 'Hypothema' (1969) for him.
Brüggen gives an unparalleled solo traverso performance in J.S. Bach's cantata 'Lieber Gott, wenn wird Ich sterben', in the Telefunken complete recordings of Bach cantatas conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and – as here – Gustav Leonhardt.
1972 - 1974
He begins the recorder ensemble Sour Cream with Kees Boeke and Walter van Hauwe. Brüggen teaches performance practice of Baroque music at Harvard University. As the Regent's Professor, he teaches performance practice of Baroque music at the University of California, Berkeley.
With the oboist Bruce Haynes, bassoonist Hans-Jurge Lange, and organist/harpsichordist Bob van Asperen, Brüggen records the complete Handel sonatas for wind instrument and basso continuo for the Philips Seon Series. Louis Andriessen composes Melodie for him, a piece that is a cornerstone of Andriessen's oeuvre.
Brüggen founds the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which he continues to lead to this day. The orchestra, whose repertoire ranges from early music to the early-Romantic era, plays on authentic instruments or copies of them.
At the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Brüggen conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in one of its traditional Passion series concerts with a performance of Bach's 'St John Passion'.
1991 - 1994
Brüggen is the conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. In August 1991, he makes his debut at the Salzburg festival conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This performance leads to invitations to guest conduct the Mozarteum Orchester. From 1992 on he is, along with Simon Rattle, the principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
He is awarded the UNESCO International Music Prize in the performance category.
Brüggen becomes the principal guest conductor, along with Christophe Dohnányi, of the Orchestre de Paris.
Brüggen is awarded the Oeuvre Prize of the Association of Theatre and Conservatory Directors (VSCD by its Dutch initials). He leads the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in a series of performances of Bach's 'St John Passion'. In his review of the concert, Kasper Jansen writes: “Where other conductors get off to a forceful and commanding start, Brüggen presents an exceptionally slow, hesitating and submissive opening chorus in Herr, unser Herrscher. There is a direct connection to the closing chorale, Ach, Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein, which Brüggen ends in a powerful and assertive promise of faith in Ich will dich preisen ewiglich!” (NRC Handelsblad, March 27, 2007).
In May, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century makes its hundredth tour conducted by Brüggen. The programme includes a work “already proclaimed a merrymaker, 'Les Indes galantes' by Rameau,” as Lonneke Regter wrote. (de Volkskrant, October 21, 2009). On September 22, Queen Beatrix handed out the honorary medal for Art & Science to Frans Brüggen.
Discography Frans Brüggen
The Art of Frans Brüggen
|Type and year||CD, 2009|
Max van Egmond - J.S. Bach - Kreuzstabkantate, Kantate 'Ich habe genug'
|Type and year||CD, 1989|
|Label||RCA, GD 71956|
Louis Andriessen - Melodie - Symfonie voor losse snaren
|Type and year||CD, 1992|
In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.