Barthold Kuijken

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Barthold Kuijken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑrtɔlt ˈkœykə(n)]; born 8 March 1949, Dilbeek) is a Belgian flautist and recorder player, known for playing baroque music on authentic instruments and particularly known for pioneering this manner of performance with his brothers, cellist and viol player Wieland Kuijken and violinist Sigiswald Kuijken and the harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt.

He studied the modern flute at the Bruges Conservatory and the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. For playing early music he originally turned to the recorder. Research on authentic instruments, frequent collaboration with various flute and recorder makers, and assiduous study of sources of the 17th and 18th centuries helped him to specialize in the performance on original instruments.

For many years he played in the baroque orchestras Collegium Aureum and La Petite Bande. He plays chamber music concerts all over the world, extending his repertoire to early 19th-century music and has recorded extensively.

He teaches baroque flute at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague.

In 2007 he obtained the first doctorate in music in Belgium at the VUB (Free University of Brussels); title of the dissertation: The Notation is not the Music – Reflections on more than 40 years' intensive practice of Early Music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Flute Quartets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Barthold Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken, Lucy van Dael, Wieland Kuijken 1
1987 Concerts Royaux Couperin; Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Barthold Kuijken 1
1991 Flute Sonatas George Frideric Händel; Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen 1
1997 Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079 J. S. Bach; Barthold Kuijken, Robert Kohnen, Gustav Leonhardt 3
1997 Paris Quartets 1-12 Georg Philipp Telemann; Barthold Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt 1
2002 Concerti per flauto traversiere Antonio Vivaldi; Barthold Kuijken, Academia Montis Regalis 2
2005 Twelve Trios for Transverse Flute, Violin & Violoncello Joseph Haydn; Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken 1
2012 Complete Flute Sonatas C.P.E. Bach; Barthold Kuijken, Bob van Asperen 1
The twelve Fantasias for Transverse Flute without Bass Georg Philipp Telemann; Barthold Kuijken 1

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