EUBO engages talented and radiant singers and instrumental soloist for its tours.
Jan Van Hoecke
Belgian recorder player Jan Van Hoecke studied with Bart Coen at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he obtained his master’s degree with the highest distinction. He has taken part in masterclasses with Gerd Lünenbürger, Dan Laurin and Eva Legène, and studied contemporary repertoire with Bart Bouckaert, Tomma Wessel and Antonio Politano. Since graduating, he has performed widely in Europe, Japan and the United States, and in 2015 he was appointed associate professor at the Haute École de Musique of Lausanne. Jan has been a prize winner at several international competitions including in 2015 the Telemann Competition in Magdeburg (Germany), and in 2014 the Musica Antiqua Competition in Brugge (Belgium), where his awards included the EUBO Development Trust prize. Performing with Collegium Vocale Gent and participating in recordings under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe has increased Jan’s passion for historically informed performance, and he has recently recorded Bach’s organ trio sonatas with historic keyboard specialist Jovanka Marville for the Alpha label. Tours in 2016 are Jan’s first collaboration with the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Maria Keohane is a Swedish soprano whose repertoire spans a wide spectrum of music styles from baroque to contemporary, including chamber music, opera and oratorio. She started her training as a singer while she was still working in the veterinary field and when she is not performing somewhere in the world, she lives on a farm in rural Sweden, combining her love of the country life and the glamour of her performing career. Maria finished her studies at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen in June 2003 and has since performed worldwide with some of the best early music directors and soloists. Recently she performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco and with Concerto Copenhagen at Wiener Konzerthaus. While she has performed in many operas, for instance at the Drottningholm Royal Theatre in Stockholm or the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, she is now increasingly in demand as an oratorio singer, working with directors such as Martin Gester, Roy Goodman, Jakob Lindberg, Andrew Manze, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Maria has recorded several CDs and has also participated in many TV and radio productions, including a film about Bach’s cantata Weichet Nur, betrübte Schatten with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2009. She has been awarded the Reumert Prize, one of Denmark’s most prestigious theatre prizes, for her role as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo in 2005 and has been honoured several times by The Royal Swedish Academy.
*photo by Åsa Eliasson
College for Early Music, Mainz, Germany
‘Barock Vokal’ project of the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz, Germany, is an artistic continuing education programme for opera and concert singers as well as for advanced voice students. Artistic Director for the program is Professor Claudia Eder. Students of the Barock Vokal are offered an opportunity to specialise in historically informed performance of vocal music from the 17th and 18th centuries. In particular, the combination of individual coaching with ensemble lessons gives the singers the opportunity to further develop their singing technique, to expand their repertoire and to deepen their understanding of baroque music and interpretation. EUBO will be joined by eight singers from the Barock Vokal to perform a selection of Bach’s Cantatas under the direction of oboe virtuoso Alfredo Bernardini in December 2016 and in January 2017.
Find out more about the Barock Vokal programme.
Singers of BAROCK VOKAL
Maike Raschke, soprano (Germany)
Ruth Katharina Peeck, mezzo soprano (German)
Philipp Kranjc, bass baritone (Austria) – LinkedIn
Florian Küppers, bass baritone (German)