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.
The eight permanent members of the ensemble are joined by singers, extra winds and strings according to the requirements of the work being performed. The musicians are eminent specialists in historic performance practice and internationally renowned performers of baroque music: Marcel Ponseele (oboe), Jan De Winne (traverso), Ryo Terakado, Mayumi Hirasaki, Joanna Huszcza, François Fernandez (violin), Kaat De Cock and Ingrid Bourgeois (viola), Emmanuel Balssa, Ira Givol and Ronan Kernoa (cello), Vittorio Ghielmi (gamba), Alain Derijckere (bassoon), Frank Coppieters and Korneel Lecompte (double bass), Shalev Ad-El, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Bart Naessens (harpsichord). The ensemble also collaborates with well-known soloists as well as with other leading ensembles such as Cappella Amsterdam.
Il Gardellino is highly regarded both in national and international musical circles and is a frequent guest at important European music festivals and concert halls such as the MA Festival in Bruges, the Ghent Festival van Vlaanderen, the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, the Festival de Sablé and Festival de Sainte as well as other festivals in Prague, Innsbruck, Berlin, Regensburg, Leipzig and Barcelona. The ensemble has also appeared in Australia, Asia, the USA, Central and South America, Israel and Russia. Their concert tours are often combined with series of master classes.
Il Gardellino possesses a comprehensive discography, having recorded for the Accent, Klara, Eufoda and Passacaille labels. These recording have been acclaimed by both press and public; many of them have been awarded the Diapason d’Or and Classica by the international music press.
JAN DE WINNE, Flute, Artistic Director, Founder Member
Jan De Winne studied flute and music theory concurrently at the Conservatory and University of Ghent, going on to study traverso under Barthold Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory. He was a laureate of the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges in 1987; between 1990 and 2005 he was a member of such international ensembles as the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent and the Wiener Akademie. He founded his own ensemble, Il Gardellino, with Marcel Ponseele in 1988, with which he gave concerts throughout Europe as well as in South and central America, Japan, Australia and Russia. His interest in old instruments also led him to make his own copies of 18th and 19th century traversos. Jan de Winne teaches traverso and historical performance practice at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and historical chamber music at the Royal Brussels Conservatory. He has recorded as both soloist and chamber musician for Eufoda, Naxos, Signum and Accent. He has been the driving force behind the Passacaille label since 2006.
MARCEL PONSEELE, Oboe, Artistic Director, Founder Member
Marcel Ponseele studied oboe and chamber music at the conservatories of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. He then enthusiastically embraced the baroque oboe and was a laureate of the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges in 1981. Since that time he has played in many renowned baroque ensembles, including La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and La Chapelle Royale. He and conductor Philippe Herreweghe laid the basis for the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées; Ponseele himself led the Harmonie des Champs-Elysées. He founded Il Gardellino together with Jan de Winne and Shalev Ad-El in 1988 and is the ensemble’s artistic director. Marcel Ponseele enjoys an international reputation as a baroque specialist and has been invited by many conductors to appear as soloist both in concert and for recordings on various labels. He has performed and recorded every work for oboe by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart as well as many others. Together with his brother Francis, he makes meticulous copies of old instruments that are regarded as references worldwide. Marcel Ponseele has taught historic oboe at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels since 2014; he also gives master classes throughout the world.