Baroque SaMuse / The Baroque Muse Soloists

Hendrik Bouman harpsichord,  Simon Standage violin, Olivier Brault violin,

Heiko ter Schegget recorder, Tormod Dalen cello 

  1. Hendrik BOUMAN, Dutch harpichordist and fortepianist, specialized in music of the 17th and 18th century, is also a prolific composer of 125 works in the baroque and classic styles, of which 100 been world premiered in his recitals and with his colleagues in Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and South Africa. As well as being renowned for the "beauty and excellence" of his compositions, he is acclaimed as an “extraordinary harpsichordist” and a “charismatic conductor literally inhabited by music". "His reputation as soloist and continuo player is legendary both in North America and Europe".

  2. Since forty years on the international scene, Hendrik Bouman draws inspiration from this historical musical universe: as student of Ton Koopman at the Amsterdam Conservatory; at the heart of the prestigious ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln (1976-1983) with which he made world tours and award-wining recordings for DGG / Archiv and EMI; in his solo recitals on historic instruments; and in directing his orchestra Les Nations de Montreal and the the Choir of the Opera Atelier of Laval University in the 20th Century world premiere of Lully’s opera ‘Amadis’, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra in Haendal’s Messiah.  Of capital importance is the expertise of his world-renowned colleagues whose playing inspires him to compose music for them.

  3. Over the years he has had the privileges of performing with remarkable duo partners: singers - Max van Egmond, Nancy Argenta, Lyne Fortin, Charles Daniels, Hélène Fortin, Susie LeBlanc, Michel Ducharme, and instrumentalists - Simon Standage, Marie Leonhardt, Jean-François Rivest, Olivier Brault, Hajo Bäss, Hélène Plouffe, Reinhard Goebel, Heiko ter Schegget, François Colpron, Wilbert Hazelzet, Grégoire Jeay, Liselyn Adams, Tormod Dalen, Susie Napper, Ifan Williams, Ton Koopman, Mireille Lagacé. He also performed with Ensemble Matheus, Amsterdam (Marie Leonhardt) and the Soloists of Toronto Tafelmusik.

  4. Hendrik Bouman is commissioned to compose various music in baroque style for Canada’s CBC Radio, for the German ensemble Les Adieux, for the Auroville theatre production of Moliere's Hypochondriac in India, and for members of the prestigious Amsterdam based Orchestra of the 18th Century in honour of their former concert master, violinist Lucy van Dael. Notably Bouman's composition HRH Princess Dianaʼs Ground is broadcast as tribute on the evening news of CBC-TV Prince Edward Island, Canada, the 2nd of September 1997. A year later his Menuet de Matin is chosen as as theme of Radio Canada's daily programme ‘Les Bonheurs de Sophie’.

  5. In solo recital, in duo and with his ensembles Concerto Felice and Baroque SaMuse / The Baroque Muse, Hendrik Bouman is invited to world premiere his works in France, Belgium, Holland, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States India and South Africa. Bouman's music is also performed in Italy, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. He can be heard on Canadian, European and Australian Radio. Numerous ‘Feature’ programmes dedicated to Hendrik Bouman’s baroque and classic compositions are recorded by Canada’s CBC Radio & TV,  ATV & CTV and Radio Canada. His recital of baroque improvisations on the historical Ruckers-Taskin harpsichord in the Musée de la Musique in Paris was recorded by France Musique and his organ music was recorded by the Danish National Television.

  6. Hendrik Bouman frequently performs and records his compositions, dedicated to Anna, his wife and muse, on harpsichords he designed and built. To date he has recorded 48 compositions for his label Arya, of which his solo works for harpsichord, fortepiano and piano are collected in the series ‘Notebooks for Anna’ [5 Cds]. Additionally, he recorded his ’5 Baroque Concertos for Anna’ and ‘7 Baroque Solos for Anna’ with his ensemble the Baroque SaMuse / The Baroque Muse, which unites congenial colleagues from various countries where Bouman lived and worked. All of its members are outstanding soloists in their own right, namely, Simon Standage [United Kingdom], Heiko ter Schegget [Netherlands], Hajo Bäss [Germany], Tormod Dalen [Norway/France], Olivier Brault and Grégoire Jeay [Canada]. The Cds are acclaimed by the press, and by prominent musicians and connoisseurs, both for the “exceptional quality” of Bouman’s “beautiful and elegant music”, and  “instrumental performance at its best”.

  7. Hendrik Bouman has received numerous coveted international prizes and awards for his recordings and life work from Holland, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Canada as well as grants and subventions in Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  8. Former professor at Concordia University, Montreal, and Laval University, Quebec, Hendrik Bouman is invited to give masterclasses and lecture demonstrations in Europe, North & South America and India. He  coaches candidates for international harpsichord competitions and musicians in the art of baroque composition and improvisation.

Simon Standage, “the British ambassador of the baroque violin” is at the origin of several of England's foremost baroque orchestras.

After serving the English Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia as its principal violinist, he dedicates himself exclusively to the baroque violin. He is co-founder of the English Concert with Trevor Pinnock, and shares the direction of the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood.

Simon Standage is first violin in his Salomon Quartet, one of the first string quartets in modern times to play period instruments. He is co-founder with Richard Hickox of Collegium Musicum 90 with which he records extensively. Simon Standage is regularly invited to direct specialised orchestras in America, in Europe and in Japan, notably the Collegium Musicum Telemann, Osaka, and the Haydn Sinfonietta, Vienna.

During his extensive career Simon Standage participates as soloist in 300 Cd productions, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the complete violin concertos of Mozart and Haydn. Noteworthy among the many prizes Simon Standage receives is the Telemann Prize awarded by the city of Magdebourg in Germany for his contribution to Telemann's music, notably by a 10-disc production for Chandos. In 2008 he was awarded a medal for services to Polish culture. The following year he was awarded the prestigious Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music..

Simon Standage is the dedicatee of two works in baroque and classical style of Hendrik Bouman: the Classical Sonate for violin and piano, and the Violin Concerto in D major which he world premieres in the Eastbourne Festival and in the festival series Baroque by the Sea in Brighton, England, respectively. Simon Standage, concertmaster of Hendrik Bouman's Baroque SaMuse (The Baroque Muse) records the Cd 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna, including Bouman's Violin Concerto, and records for the Cd 7 Baroque Solos for Anna  Bouman's Fantasy for solo violon in G major. The Violin Duo in E major of Hendrik Bouman is dedicated to Simon Standage and his colleague Olivier Brault of the ensemble Baroque SaMuse.

Simon Standage is Professor of baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and teaches at summer courses in Europe.

Olivier Brault, virtuoso baroque violinist from Québec, is praised in the international press  as a "charismatic concertmaster" and a soloist of "expressive dynamism and expertise". He is associate director and soloist of the prestigious American baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire (formerly the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), with which he tours regularly in North America and Europe.

Director-founder of the ensemble Sonate 1704, he is principal violionist and soloist with several baroque ensembles based in Quebec: Les Boreades de Montreal, Ensemble Caprice, Les Idees Heureuses, La Nef, Les Voix humaines, Quatuor Franz Joseph and La Bande Montreal Baroque. He is also soloist with the Akron Symphony in the United States and Baroque SaMuse in Europe.

Olivier Brault produces over fifty recordings for Atma, Analekta and Teldec, several of which are rewarded prestiguous prizes. As core member and soloist of Baroque SaMuse, he world premieres several of Hendrik Bouman's chamber music compositions, notably in the Festival Montreal Baroque, and records the Cd 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna for Arya. The Violin Duo in E major of Hendrik Bouman is dedicated to Olivier Brault and his colleague Simon Standage of the ensemble Baroque SaMuse.

Olivier Brault received a doctorate degree from the Universite de Montreal, for his research on the Violin Sonata in 18th Century France. He teaches at McGill University and the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal and gives masterclasses and lecture-demonstrations at Case Western Reserve University and the Oberlin Concervatory of Music, in the United States. In 2011, Oliver Brault was awarded the medal of the Assemblee Nationale du Quebec of the Quebec government for his contribution to the cultural life of the nation.

Heiko ter Schegget from the Netherlands, is renowned as an "indomitable and superb master of the recorder".  With his vast repertoire that extends from the 12th to the 21st century, he is invited to perform throughout Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States. He performs on instruments which he builds, totalling, to date, 50 recorders after 25 historical originals.

As soloist, Heiko ter Schegget has performed under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe and Jos van Immerseel. He is frequently heard with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman with whom he has made the award winning production of the complete Bach Cantatas, and with the Netherlands Bach Society, notably for their mega production of the complete works by Bach. 

In 2009 Heiko ter Schegget releases the Cd of Handel’s sonatas which he plays on an original treble recorder by Peter Bressan (1710) from Frans Brüggen's private collection, followed by a Cd of sonatas by Telemann.

Heiko ter Schegget world premieres Hendrik Bouman's Sonata for Recorder and basso continuo in C minor in the concert series Baroque by the Sea Eastbourne, UK, and subsequently joins the ensemble Baroque SaMuse / The Baroque Muse in the world premiere and recording of Hendrik Bouman's Recorder Concerto in C major. In 2011 Heiko ter Schegget world premieres the 16 Variations on Berendt Botje which Hendrik Bouman dedicates to him, in the Eastbourne Festival in England and records those for the Cd 7 Baroque Solos for Anna.

Widely renowned as a pedagogue, his students come from all over the world to study with him at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music in Holland.

Hajo Bäss, German violinist and viola player specialised on period instruments, is renowned as a "formidable player". He was awarded the German National Prize for Young Musicians during his youth.

He is principal viola player with the baroque orchestra Stagione Frankfurt. Hajo

He begins his career as co-founder of the prestigious ensemble Musica Antiqua Cologne with which he makes world tours and records extensively for DGG / Archiv and EMI. Hajo Bäss is also co-founder of Les Adieux, a period ensemble specialised in 18th century post-baroque repertoire and Concerto Felice, specialised in the performance of Hendrik Bouman’s numerous orchestral and chamber music composed in baroque and classical styles.

Bäss receives for his numerous recordings many prestigious prizes and awards, such as the Grand Prix International du disque (Paris), Early Music Award (United Kingdom), Grand Prix du Disque, Edison Award (Netherlands), Diapason d’Or (Paris) and the Buxtehude Prize (Germany).

Hajo Bäss's former colleague from Musica Antiqua Köln, Hendrik Bouman, dedicates several of his contemporary baroque compositions to Hajo Bäss which he world premieres for Radio Canada / CBC in the Canadian festivals, Indian River and Halifax 1749, notably the solo Fantasia for Violin, and the Sonata for Violin and obligato Harpsichord in D major. As viola player with Bouman's ensemble Baroque SaMuse he records the Cd 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna, and he records as soloist on the Cd 7 Baroque Solos for Anna, the Prelude & Fugue for Viola which Hendrik Bouman also dedicates to him.

Hajo Bäss is former professor of the prestigious Scola Cantorum of Basel in Switzerland, and gives masterclasses world-wide.

Tormod dalen, Norwegian cellist residing in Paris, is renowned for "his titanic force and very beautiful phrasing". “The subtlety and dynamism” of his play finds its inspiration in baroque dance in which he has gained an expertise. He is co-founder of Ensemble Braccio which specialises in the earliest music for the violin family, and of Ritratto dell’ Amore.

Tormod Dalen is principal cellist of Herve Niquet's Concert Spirituel, and of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, and he collaborates regularly with the baroque ensembles, Les Talens Lyriques, Gabrieli Consort, Les Embassadeurs, Doulce Memoire and Les Embassadeurs. He records for Glossa, Deutsche Gramophon, Emi, Naxos and Calliope.

In 2002 with Hendrik Bouman's ensemble Concerto Felice, Tormod Dalen world premieres several of Bouman's contemporary baroque compositions, notably in the Wallonie Festival in Belgium. In Autumn 2009 he joins as principal cellist and soloist of Hendrik Bouman's The Baroque Muse / Baroque SaMuse with which he world premieres in Brighton, England, Hendrik Bouman's Cello Concerto in A minor which he subsequently records at Firle Place, Sussex, on the Cd 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna. Subsequently Tormod Dalen world premieres Bouman’s Solo Cello Suite in D major in the Eastbourne Festival in England, and records this work for the Cd 7 Baroque Solos for Anna.

Tormod Dalen received a doctorate from the Norwegian National Academy of Music for his thesis on Choreographic gestures in Bach's Cello Suites. He teaches at the Conservatoire Nationale Regionale de Toulouse and the Norwegian National Academy of Music and is invited to give university lectures and masterclasses in Europe.


Hendrik Bouman:

7 Baroque Solos for Anna   

Baroque SaMuse

direction & composer Hendrik Bouman


Hendrik Bouman, harpsichord

Simon Standage, violin

Hajo Bäss, viola

Heiko ter Schegget, recorder

Tormod Dalen, cello


Harpsichord  Concerto in D major mvt. 1, composed by © Hendrik Bouman - CD 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna  [Arya]   The Baroque Muse, direction Hendrik Bouman, soloist Hendrik Bouman


Hendrik Bouman:

5 Baroque Concertos for Anna   

Baroque SaMuse

direction & composer Hendrik Bouman


Hendrik Bouman, harpsichord

Simon Standage, violin

Grégoire Jeay, flute

Heiko ter Schegget, recorder

Tormod Dalen, cello

Olivier Brault, violin

Alison Bury, violin

Hajo Bäss, viola

Andrew Kerr, violone