Erik Bosgraaf

Hailed as one of the most gifted and versatile recorder players of the new generation, Erik Bosgraaf has a colourful past in a rock band and as an oboe player. He believes that good music is irrespective of style and feels equally at home in both early and contemporary music, commissioning new works including several concertos incorporating new media. In 2007 Frans Br├╝ggen invited him to perform Bach's Actus Tragicus at the Concertgebouw. Current engagements include solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden and the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic conducted by Thierry Fischer.

His debut recording, a three-CD box with music by the Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck, reached number one in the Dutch classical music charts in 2007 and his CD/DVD 'Big Eye', including contemporary music for film, was hailed as 'wacky, irreverent and thought-provoking' (Gramophone). He has also recorded CDs with works by Telemann, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. In 2006 he co-founded Ensemble Cordevento, specializing in the music of the 17th and the 18th century. He was selected as a Rising Star by the ECHO , which allowed him to tour all major European concerthalls in the season 2011-2012. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009 and the highest Dutch state prize, the Dutch Music Award in 2011.

Born in The Netherlands in 1980, Erik Bosgraaf is a former student of Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts (Conservatorium van Amsterdam). He also holds an MA in musicology from Utrecht University.

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