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The Flanders Baroque Consort 

Harpsichord Dieter Vanhandenhoven
Dieter van Handenhoven studied at the conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels (Master degree organ and harpsichord). Dieter is regularly invited to perform in international organ festivals, and frequently requested as continuo player.  Dieter Van Handenhoven works with many baroque orchestra's such as Collegium Instrumentale Brugense (Patrick Peire), Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht), ExTempore (Florian Heyerick) and also the Beethoven Academy, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Flemish Radio Orchestra and the Vlaamse Opera (Opera of Flanders) in a.o. the productions Orlando and Ariodante (G.F.Händel). He also performs as accompanist during the Musica Antiqua Brugge competitions. He has recorded concerti of J.S.Bach, W.A.Mozart, G.F.Händel and Hugo Distler. Dieter Van Handenhoven is also active as conductor of the vocal ensemble Arc Sonore and the boys' choir In Dulci Jubilo.

Baroque cello Michel Boulanger
Studied at the consevatory of Brussels (Master degree cello, chambermusic and First Prize baroque cello). He co,pleted his studies at the Musikhochschule Köln and the Indiana University Bloomington (VS) with Janos Starker. Michel Boulanger is active in the international baroque scene with ensembles as La Petite Bande, L'Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Anima Eterna, Il Fondamento a.o in Europa, Brazil, teh United States and Japan. He made several recordings.

Lute   Jurgen De Bruyn
Jurgen De Bruyn studied at the music academy Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, master degree guitar with Raphaëlla Smits, master degree chambermusic with Paul Beelaerts, Roel Dieltiens and Erik Van Nevel and a master degree lute with Philippe Malfeyt. He followed masterclasses with David Russell, Roberto Aussel,  Konrad Ragossnig, Jordi Savall a.o. He was Laureate during the 'Scottish guitar festival 1994'. Jurgen De Bruyn is artistic director of the early music ensemble Zefiro Torna with which ensemble he performed during many early music festivals as Festival of Flanders, Festival de Wallonie, Early Music Festival Brugge, Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp, Early Music Festival Alden Biezen, Early Music Festival Utrecht, Vantaa Baroque Festival - Finland. He also worked in projects of the Huelgas Ensemble (Paul Van Nevel), Ex Tempore (Florian Heyerick), Vlaamse Opera,  Prima la Musica, Cetra d'Orphée, Egidius Kwartet a.o. He has recorded several CD's.

Patrick Van Goethem

Patrick Van Goethem

Belgian countertenor Patrick Van Goethem studied with Paul Esswood, Julia Hamari and Andreas Scholl. He works as a soloist with most distinguished conductors in the early music field such as Ton Koopman (The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra), Frans Brüggen (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century), Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), Peter Neumann (Collegium Cartusianum), Gustav Leonhardt and Jos van Veldhoven (The Netherlands Bach Society), Hans-Christoph Rademann (Dresdner Hofmusik), Reinhard Goebel, Helmuth Rilling (Bach Collegium Stuttgart), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Concerto Copenhagen), Frieder Bernius (Barockorchester Stuttgart), Enoch zu Guttenberg (Orchester Klangverwaltung), Martin Haselböck (Wiener Akademie), Michel Corboz (Gulbenkian Orchestra).

Patrick Van Goethem takes part in many recordings for a.o. BIS ( Bach’s Ascension- and Easter Oratorio with Masaaki Suzuki/Bach Collegium Japan), Carus (Masses of Heinichen and Zelenka with Hans-Christoph Rademann/Dresdner Hofmusik, Jephtha with the Dresdner Baroque Orchestra), Challenge Records (Buxtehude cantatas with Ton Koopman/Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra).

In 2005 he made his American debut with with The American Bach Soloists conducted by Jeffrey Thomas and with The Washington Bach Consort conducted by Reilly Lewis.
His solocantata programs with the Canadian baroque ensemble Les Idées Heureuses led by Geneviève Soly (concerts in the baroque festivals of Picardie and Pontoise) and with Marcel Ponseele's baroque ensemble Il Gardellino (Bachfest Leipzig, Bach Chambermusic Festival in Riga) are very successful. In 2008 he made his debut in the Wiener Musikverein with Martin Haselböck's baroque orchestra the Wiener Akademie in Bach's Christmas Oratorio. European tours with Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century are regulary on his concertschedule (Bach's St. John's Passion and B-minor Mass).
In 2010, the year of his debut in the United Kingdom (with Eric Cross' Newcastle Baroque) he will sing the role of Agostino in a new production of J.A. Hasse's "La Conversione di Sant' Agostino" (Dresden and Hamburg). A year later he will perform Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in a series of concerts with soprano Katharine Fuge, with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Future engagements include de role of Joad in Handel's "Athalia" in Lippstadt. In the Amsterdam Concertgebouw he will sing Bachcantatas with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, choir of De Nederlandse Bachvereniging led by Gustav Leonhardt.

His concert repertoire also includes works of contemporary composers. In 2007 he sang the worldpremiere of the opera ‘Trans Warhol’ in Geneva, about the life of Andy Warhol, by the French composer Philippe Schoeller. He frequently performs Orff’s Carmina Burana (a.o. during German tours with concerts in the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Philharmonie in Munich).
He is guest at all the important early music festivals such as the Festival of Flanders, Early Music Festival Utrecht, Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Festliche Tage Alter Musik Knechtsteden, Händelfestspiele Halle, Bachfest Leipzig, Bachwoche Ansbach, Alte Musik Festival Dresden, Händelfestspiele Göttingen, London Bach Festival, Festival Musica Antiqua Brugge, Itinéraire Baroque, Festspiele Herrenchiemsee, Rheingau Musik-Festival, Festival Soli Deo Gloria Braunschweig, Festival Klang und Raum, Festival des Cathédrales de Picardie, Festival Baroque de Pontoise.

In addition to his career as a concertsinger, Patrick Van Goethem performs with his baroque ensemble The Flanders Baroque Consort of which he is founder, member and artistic advisor. Patrick is a vocal teacher at the Music Academy of Middelkerke.


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