Lucie Horsch & Thomas Dunford
Thomas Dunford/Lucie Horsch © Julien Benhamou, Decca /Dana van LeeuwenOn Tour 17.12.18-21.12.18

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The young Dutch recorder player Lucie Horsch and the French lute player Thomas Dunford go on tour with a Christmas program in December 2018.

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Lucie Horsch, Recorder

Eighteen year old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally. She is performing with baroque ensembles as well as with...

Eighteen year old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally. She is performing with baroque ensembles as well as with modern orchestras.

At the age of nine, her televised performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 5 at a popular concert on the Prinsengracht canal caused a national sensation. In 2014, she was chosen to represent The Netherlands in the Eurovision Young Musician contest. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, in the presence of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Lucie also performed in the televised farewell concert for the former Queen Beatrix.


 

Lucie Horsch opens the 2017/18 season with a recital at the Machynlleth Festival in Wales on the invitation of Julius Drake. She can be heard live on BBC In Tune on 24 August. This is followed by the opening concert of the Marlow Festival with the Academy of Ancient Music Further debuts include the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, playing a memorial concert in honour of Frans Brüggen and a tour with the B’Rock Orchestra through Belgium and The Netherlands. Debuts with modern orchestras feature Lucie with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague, the Arnhem Philharmonic as well as the Staatsorchester Kassel.

Her career takes her across the continents. After Lucie’s successful debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Stephen Stubbs in March, Lucie returns to Canada to work with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. She goes to Brazil for the first time to perform at the Festival Internacional de Música Clássica de João Pessoa and performs in Asia with the Macao Orchestra.

In recital Lucie returns to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the “Jonge Nederlanders” series. She also appears regularly with harpsichordist Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya throughout the Netherlands. Festival appearances include the Weingartner Musiktage, Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern and MDR Musiksommer Leipzig. Lucie embarks on a new duo with French lute player Thomas Dunford, their debut recital takes place in Hannover in January 2018.

Lucie records exclusively for Decca Classics. Her debut CD features concertos and transcriptions by Vivaldi, a composer with whom Lucie feels a particular affinity. “This is a disc to buy, and display in years to come as the start of a distinguished career.” BBC Music Magazine

Born into a family of professional musicians Lucie began to study the recorder with Rob Beek at the Muziekschool van Amsterdam at the age of 5. In 2011, after winning many competitions, she moved to the prestigious Sweelinck Academie at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where she is now a student with Walter van Hauwe. Also a talented pianist, she first studied with Marjés Benoist and is now in Jan Wijn’s class at the Amsterdam Conservatorium. She was a member of the National Children’s Choir for seven years, performing with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Jaap van Zweden. Lucie plays on recorders by Morgan, Kulossa, Blezinger and Hirao with the generous support of the Prins Bernhard Foundation. 

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Thomas Dunford, Lute

Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained a unanimous 1st Prize with...

Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained a unanimous 1st Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Edouard Fantin.

Thomas Dunford continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and participated in several master classes with artists the caliber of Rolf Lislevand and Julian Bream, and in workshops with Eugène Ferré, Paul O’Dette, Pascale Boquet, Benjamin Perrot and Eduardo Eguez. He was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009.


 

From September 2003 through to January 2005, Thomas gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie Française. Since then, Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Washington Kennedy Center, the Vancouver recital society, Cal performances at Berkeley, the Banff center, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the festivals of Saintes, Utrecht, Maguelone, Froville, TAP Poitiers, WDR Cologne, Radio France Montpellier, Saffron Hall . He made numerous solo or ensemble appearances in the most prestigious European festivals including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes, Utrecht and many others. He has also performed further afield in England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Bresil, Colombia, Chili, Mexico, United States, Israel, China, Japan and India.

Thomas Dunford’ first solo CD Lachrimae recorded for the French label Alpha in 2012, was unanimously acclaimed by critics and was awarded the Caecilia prize of 2013, BBC magazine calling him the “Eric Clapton of the lute”. His second CD « Labirinto d’Amore » with mezzo soprano Anna Reinhold was awarded the « Choc » from Classica magazine.

His extensive discography includes John Dowland’s music with Jeni Melia and Christopher Goodwin; Four CDs with La Capella Mediterranea of music by Barbara Strozzi, the works Il Diluvio Universale and Nabucco by Falvetti and another work by Zamponi; two CDs of works by Farina and Romero with Clématis Ensemble; violin sonatas with Monica Hugget; two CDs of Forqueray and Dowland with Julien Léonard; Vivaldi with Nicola Benedetti; three recordings of Vivaldi with La Serenissima; Bacilly, Ferrabosco and Marais with A 2 Violes Esgales; Praetorius with Cappricio Stravagante; four CDs of Zelenka, Fasch, bassoon arias, and Haendel with Marsyas; Six CDs with Arcangelo including Guadani arias for countertenor Iestyn Davies, Handel arias for Chris Perves, arias for Anna Prohaska, Monteverdi Madrigals, Couperin’s Lecons de ténèbres, and Charpentier’s Lecons de Ténèbres, Couperin’s Concert Royaux ; Bach’s B minor Mass and Trauerode with Pygmalion; Geoffroy with harpsichordist Aurélien Delage; early Baroque songs and jazz standards with soprano Jody Pou; Dowland with countertenor Jean Michel Fumas; the early French composer Attaignant with Pierre Gallon; an English manuscript with La Sainte Folie Fantastique; a duet CD of Dowland with Iestyn Davies; Italian 17th century repertoire for cornetto with La Fenice; Three CDs with Les Arts Florissants : 2 CDs of Airs by Lambert with Les Arts Florissants and Monteverdi’s 7th book of Madrigals, Bach traverso suites with les Musiciens de Saint Julien, a CD of Purcell and Charpentier with Chantal Santon, the 6th book of Gesualdo Madrigals with Philippe Herreweghe.

Thomas Dunford is regularly in demand, playing a variety of early plucked string instruments with the ensembles Les Arts Florissants, Akadêmia, Amarillis, Les Ambassadeurs, Arcangelo, La Cappella Mediterranea, Capriccio Stravagante, Le Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, La Chapelle Rhénane, Clématis, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert d’Astrée, A 2 Violes Esgales, The English Concert, l’Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, La Fenice, Les Folies Francaises, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Marsyas, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Paradis, Les Musiciens de Saint Julien, Les Ombres, Pierre Robert, Pygmalion, La Sainte Folie Fantastique, Scherzi Musicali, La Serenissima, Les Siècles, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, La Symphonie du Marais…

Thomas Dunford is attracted to a wide variety of music including jazz, and collaborates in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists Paul Agnew, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Nicola Benedetti, Keyvan Chemirani, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Lea Desandre, Isabelle Faust, Bobby McFerrin, Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Hugget, Alexis Kosenko, Francois Lazarévitch, Anne-Sophie von Otter, Trevor Pinnock, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Anna Prohaska, Hugo Reyne, Anna Reinhold, Jean Rondeau, Skip Sempé, Jean Tubéry…

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