At just 24 years of age, the Dutch Lucie Horsch is already one of the rising stars of the recorder, and not only because she has already won competitions and signed a CD contract with a renowned label.

She shoots breathtaking coloraturas into the musical sky on her recorder, for example in Vivaldi, and in the next moment transforms into a “nightingale” with a tantalising dolce, as in a pièce by the French baroque composer Couperin.

With her favourite partner, the wonderful French lutenist Thomas Dunford, Lucie Horsch is now making her debut at the recorder festival. She will be presenting a highly varied programme!

Her programme “Conservations” focuses on baroque works from Bach to Vivaldi. But Lucie Horsch lets them enter into a fascinating dialogue with modernity in the form of Debussy’s “Syrinx” ode and Yun’s Monkey Player.

Thomas Dunford was born in Paris in 1988 and graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris (CRR) in 2006, receiving first prize with distinction in Charles-Edouard Fantin’s class. He continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith. In 2009 he received his bachelor’s degree. He has numerous solo or ensemble performances at the most prestigious European festivals including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes, Utrecht. He has also performed in most European countries, the United States, Central and South America, and Asia.

Thomas Dunford’s first solo CD Lachrimae, released in 2012, was awarded the 2013 Caecilia Prize and earned him the nickname ‘Eric Clapton the Lute’ by BBC Magazine.

Lucie Horsch recorder
Thomas Dunford lute

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FRI, 19.5.23 | 17:30 | » Rossini-Saal | Duration ~ 90 mins.