Han Tol & Boreas Quartett Bremen
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Five recorder players from Germany
Il flauto magico
“Il flauto magico” describes the recorder as played in consort by the renowned Han Tol and Boreas Quartett Bremen. In nomines by Tye and dances by Holborne and Dowland contrast with music by Vivaldi, Boismortier, and contrapuncti from Bach’s Art of Fugue. Jin-Ju Baek, Elisabeth Champollion, Julia Fritz, and Luise Manske, protégés of Han Tol, play over forty recorders of different sizes.
Pre-concert lecture at 3:15 p.m. by Han Tol
“One hour packed with a brilliant amalgam full of affects, atmosphere, colors, composition and polyphonic techniques, harmonies, tempi…. The style of playing is very accurate … the high flutes are never shrill, the bass flutes purr like cats, and the final chords stand firm and solid like a house.”
—Review in “Blokfluitist”, Vol. 8, No. 2
Estimated Run Time: 100 minutes including one intermission.
Artist Bios and Program
Boreas, Greek god of the north wind, gave the Boreas Quartett Bremen its name. An evening with BQB immerses you in the rich full sound of the recorder consort. The musicians play over forty recorders of different sizes and construction, including a twelve-part renaissance consort of recorders. Jin-Ju Baek, Elisabeth Champollion, Julia Fritz and Luise Manske studied from 2004 until 2008 with Professor Han Tol in the Early Music department at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany. BQB has played at the Musikfest Bremen, Taiwan International Recorder Festival, Concentus Moraviae (Czech Republic), baroque mütz (Austria), Life I Live Festival (Netherlands), AMUZ Antwerpen (Belgium), Recordia Seoul (South Korea), among many others. In 2014 the quartet was awarded a scholarship by the German Music Council; in 2012 the quartet won first prize and audience prize at the Early Music competition, Saarbrücken, Germany. A regular collaboration exists between the quartet and recorder player Han Tol. The five musicians recorded the twenty-one In Nomines by Christopher Tye with the German Music Label classic production osnabrück (cpo), and the CD was released in 2015.
Jin-Ju Baek was born in South Korea. She is a prize-winner of several competitions for solo recorder in Korea and was invited to continue her studies in Germany by Christian Seher, professor of recorder in Aachen. Jin-Ju completed her studies in the Early Music department at the University of the Arts in Bremen in 2009. She was a member of the jury for the Academy Competition in Seoul and has worked as an assistant in Han Tol’s concerts and Masterclasses in Korea since 2008. In 2012 she finished her master’s degree at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg with Peter Holtslag.
Elisabeth Champollion studied recorder with Dörte Nienstedt, Han Tol, and Pierre Hamon in Bremen and Lyon. In concert tours with L’Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar), New Dutch Academy (Simon Murphy), and Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (Jürgen GrossGreek), she has played solo recorder concertos, chamber music, and orchestral music with the Raad van State Den Haag, Bijloke Gent, Musikfestspiele Sanssouci Potsdam, Istanbul Festival, MÜPA Budapest, Premiere Performances Hong Kong, MDR Musiksommer and Tage Alter Musik Herne. She is first-prize winner of the competition for recorder solo in Nordhorn, Germany (2014), and together with her ensemble PRISMA, was awarded first prize at the International Biber Competition in St. Florian (Austria) in 2015.
Julia Fritz was a prize winner at the 8th International Telemann Competition in 2015 and the International 2006 ERTA-Competition for solo recorder. From 2014 to 2016 Julia was teaching at the Conservatory Trossingen. Since February, 2017, she has been recorder professor at the Conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria. She began her studies in Salzburg with Dorothée Oberlinger. She graduated summa cum laude in 2008 as a student of Han Tol in Bremen. As recorder and cornetto player, Julia performs with numerous ensembles including Oltremontano and Weser-Renaissance Bremen.
Luise Manske studied recorder and historical bassoon with Han Tol, Christian Beuse, Donna Agrell, and Corina Marti in Bremen and Basel. Luise has performed with ensembles including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, Göttinger Barockorchester, and Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen. She appears regularly at festivals such as the Mozartfest Bogota and Mexico City, Taiwan International Recorder Festival, International Gluck-Opera-Festival Nürnberg, Mannheimer Mozartsommer, Bachfest Leipzig, and the International Handel-Festival Göttingen. She has recorded for the CPO label and Coviello Classics.
For more than 25 years Han Tol has been traversing Europe, the United States, and the Far East as a soloist, an ensemble leader and player, and as a teacher. He is the Professor of recorder at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, and is a frequently invited guest teacher at renowned music institutions in Vienna, Geneva, Freiburg, Jerusalem, Baltimore, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, and more. In 2008 Han Tol was honored with a guest professorship at the Jacob’s School of Music, University of Indiana, at Bloomington. As a member of the outstanding Flanders Recorder Quartet, Han Tol performed 600 concerts around the world and made numerous CD recordings. Of particular note have been his performances in the guise of a recorder playing clown in productions with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble of Freiburg, Germany. Han Tol can be heard on many CD recordings for such labels as Teldec, Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Opus 111, Aeolus, Carus, and Globe.