10 Songs, 48 Minutes


About Erik Bosgraaf

Dutch recorder player Erik Bosgraaf is widely considered one of the world's top players of his instrument; still less debatable is that his attitude toward recorder repertoire, ranging far beyond typical Renaissance and Baroque works, is unusually adventurous.

Bosgraaf was born in Drachten, the Netherlands, on May 9, 1980. He combined recorder studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory with musicology, earning an M.A. from the University of Utrecht in 2006 and the following year releasing a three-CD box set of music by Jacob van Eyck. When this album found unexpected commercial success, Bosgraaf began to devote full time to his recorder career. He made an international tour in 2011-2012 under the auspices of the European Concert Hall Organization's Rising Stars program.

Bosgraaf has made orchestral appearances not only with top Dutch orchestras but with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He is the dedicatee of more than 100 commissioned works, 12 of which are concertos. These include a recorder concerto inspired by Mahler by Dutch composer Willem Jeths. Bosgraaf's interests have extended beyond contemporary concert music to jazz, electronics, and collaborations with filmmakers, and he has participated in a multimedia realization of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Dutch filmmakers Paul and Menno de Nooijer. Bosgraaf performed on the soundtrack of the Werner Herzog film Salt and Fire.

Most of Bosgraaf's concerto and group recordings have been made with his Ensemble Cordevento, with which he has also appeared live. The group appears in various guises, depending on the repertoire. The name means "strings and winds" in Italian, and the membership is flexibly deployed in ensembles ranging from a trio to a full Baroque orchestra, playing on historically authentic instruments. The ensemble has performed in Berlin, Utrecht, Barcelona, Modena, Moscow, Madrid, Saint Petersburg, Sofia, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

Bosgraaf is a 2011 recipient of the Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Netherlands Music Prize), the country's foremost musical honor. ~ James Manheim

09 May 1980