Il Gardellino

Jan De Winne, Flute, Artistic Director Founder Member - Marcele Ponseele, Artistic Director, Founder Member

“One of Europe´s truly outstanding Baroque ensambles” The Straigt Times
“Colors are gloriously kaleidoscopic - pairs of oboes da caccia, violas, bassons, for instance - and this is played by a dream team” BBC Music Magazine
“One cannot but admire the traverse of Jan De Winne, the oboe of Marcel Ponseele, violin of Alain Derijckere and Mira Goldeanu. What wonderful energy, what joy!” Diapason
“An outstanding singularity of this recording is the excellent technique and virtuosity of the three soloists and a characteristic of the sound versatility of the group (Jan de Winne, flute, Marcel Ponseele, oboe and Emmanuel Balssa, cello)” Klassic


The ensemble takes its name from Vivaldi’s musical portrait of a virtuoso goldfinch, the concerto da camera “del Gardellino”. Oboist Marcel Ponseele and flautist Jan De Winne initiated a series of concerts of chamber music in 1988; one other musician who took part at that time was bassoonist Marc Minkowski. After several years of performing chamber works, five string players joined the ensemble in 1998, with the result that a much wider repertoire was made available to the group. The stimulus and support offered by Belgian Radio Klara at that time also gave the ensemble the means to continue its growth. Thanks to the generous support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap from the year 2000 onwards, Il Gardellino has become a permanent part of the musical landscape both in Belgium and abroad.

The ensemble’s repertoire and philosophy can be compared to an active volcano: it is continually recreated and renewed. Il Gardellino carries out thorough research into the historical background of the works it performs, so that each work that they perform, no matter from what period, will be presented according the performance style of the time for today’s audiences. Over many years of such work, Il Gardellino has created a sound world that is very much its own.

The ensemble’s admiration for the works of Johann Sebastian Bach has ensured that these compositions lie at the heart of their repertoire; Il Gardellino has nonetheless set itself the challenge of performing the works of composers who are unjustly lesser-known, as can be seen from their many recordings and concerts of the works of Eichner, Graun, Fasch, Janitsch, Stölzel and Heinichen. The ensemble prefers to perform in historic spaces, where the harmonic relationship between music and architecture creates its own dialogue with the audience.

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