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Erik Bosgraaf

Erik Bosgraaf

Erik Bosgraaf is generally considered to be one of the world's best recorder players. His repertoire extends from Vivaldi's Four Seasons to tomorrow's music. His recording of Jacob van Eyck's Der Fluyten Lust-hof sets a new standard and has led to his international breakthrough. Since then, he has recorded other bestsellers, mainly for Brilliant Classics. Around a hundred pieces have been composed for him, among which are twelve concertos. In 2011 Pierre Boulez, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, gave him permission to adapt his clarinet composition Dialogue de l'ombre double for recorder. The world premiere of this new version took place in the sold-out main auditorium of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; the CD was recorded in 2015.

As a soloist, Bosgraaf has worked with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, the Residentie Orkest The Hague, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. He has performed with leading jazz musicians, including saxophone player Yuri Honing and cellist Ernst Reijseger, and is also known for his recordings for film-makers Werner Herzog, Paul and Menno de Nooijer.

Bosgraaf teaches at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and is a visiting professor at the Cracow Music Academy. He has received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award (2009), Nederlandse Muziekprijs (2011), ECHO Rising Star (2011/2012) and the Northern Dutch music prize Het Gouden Viooltje (2012).