Erik Bosgraaf is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading recorder players. His repertoire ranges from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to the music of today. He is the founding member of Ensemble Cordevento with whom he has performed at major festivals and has released numerous CDs for Brilliant Classics (La Monarcha, Bach, Vivaldi).
Bosgraaf has commissioned over seventy works, among them many concertos. As a soloist he has worked with, amongst others, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra (London), Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch Chamber Orchestra and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. As an improviser he has played with leading jazz musicians including saxophonist Yuri Honing and cellist Ernst Reijseger.
Bosgraaf has been a professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 2010. He is the recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2009, Dutch Music Prize 2011, ECHO Rising Star 2011/2012 and the Golden Violin Award 2011 (for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons).
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!
Photographs by Marco Borggreve