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 early and contemporary music as well as commissioning new works, including several concertos incorporating new media. Current engagements include solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden, Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic/Andreas Delfs and The North-Netherlands Orchestra/Stefan Asbury. His debut recording, a 3-CD box with music by Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck, was 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 made CDs of Telemann, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. In 2006 he co-founded Ensemble Cordevento specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th century with which he is touring in the Rising Stars Series 2011-12. In 2010 he was appointed professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He also holds an MA in musicology from Utrecht University. In 2011 he was awarded the Dutch Music Prize, the highest Dutch state prize for music and in 2012 he was awarded the ‘Golden Violin’ Prize, a triennial prize given to a classical artist who has made outstanding contributions to the classical music scene of the Northern Netherlands. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009.
Photograph taken by Marco Borggreve
I am extremely happy to have received the BBT-Award! First of all I have been able to expand my instrument collection notably. Also the generous support in producing my CD with the Vivaldi Concertos is highly appreciated. But more importantly, BBT manages to take away concerns not only in a financial aspect but also in supporting your career in the broadest sense. I hope many others will benefit from its generosity!
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