In 1976, before completing his studies with Ton Koopman in Amsterdam, Hendrik Bouman began his career as the original harpsichordist of Musica Antiqua Köln (1976–83) by recording, with his ensemble, an award-winning first record with EMI/Reflex.

He rapidly acquired a reputation as a "legendary basso continuo player and soloist"5 with his many award-winning recordings for DGG/Archiv, and world tours under the auspices of the Goethe Institute in Asia, India, North America and South America. Together with his colleagues, Hajo Bäss, Reinhard Goebel, Wilbert Hazelzet and Jaap ter Linden, Hendrik Bouman set new standards of baroque performance in concerts and recordings.

The Dutchman, Hendrik [Henk] Bouman is counted among the most innovative and respected specialists on the international Early Music scene.

With an innate affinity for the music of the 17th and 18th century, he reveals himself not only as an "extraordinary"1 harpsichordist and fortepianist, "of a marvellous nobility”2, a conductor who is "literally inhabited by music"3, but also, and uniquely so, an acclaimed and prolific composer of "beautiful music of an

exceptional quality” 4, written in period styles of the Baroque and Classical era.

His improvisations and compositions, which he dedicates to his wife and muse Anna, as well as his basso continuo realisations and transcriptions of historical repertoire, are a reference in the field of Early Music today.

Hendrik Bouman plays on harpsichords he designs and builds.

"In the condensed form of a short rondeau, a ten minute concerto or sonata, some of our dearest hopes and loves seem to be crystallised."    

                    Hendrik Bouman   

Over the years Hendrik Bouman has received multiple prestigious international prizes and awards from Germany, France, United Kingdom, Holland and Canada for his recordings and 50 re-editions thereof for the labels DGG/Archive, EMI, REM/Radio Canada, Baroque Nouveau and Arya: the Edison Prize, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Artist of the Year from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, Career Prize for Young Artists from the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia, Le Grand Prix National du Disque, Le Grand Prix International du Disque, Diapason d’Or, Répertoire Recommandé, Choc, and BBC Recommended Repertoire, Early Music Award, Gramophone Award.

Notably, Hendrik Bouman's double album Little Notebook for Anna I & II on which he plays his baroque and classical compositions for harpsichord and piano was chosen by the Canadian SOCAN Foundation of composers, for distribution to radio broadcasters world-wide through its CD-Programme.

Hendrik Bouman has received several grants from Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom for his innovative work as composer-performer of period music and as founding-director of the festivals: Rendez-vous con Hendrik Bouman (Italy) 1992, Halifax 1749 Baroque (Canada) 1999, Baroque by the Sea (Maritimes Canada) 1999 & 2005, the Baroque SaMuse Concert Series (Montréal, Canada) 2006-2007, and a sponsorship from Berkeley Homes, United Kingdom for his Baroque by the Sea Eastbourne Concert Series (Sussex, United Kingdom) 2009.

During his career Hendrik Bouman has given duo recitals with renowned artists: Nancy Argenta, Charles Daniels, Michel Ducharme,Max van Egmond, Reinhard Goebel, Lynn Fortin, Wilbert Hazelzet, Mireille Lagacé, Suzie LeBlanc, Marie Leonhardt, Jaap ter Linden, Carolyn Watkinson and with soloists who have also premiered his works - Hajo Bäss, Olivier Brault, Tormod Dalen, Grégoire Jeay, Matthew Jennejohn, Matthias Maute, Susie Napper, Heiko ter Schegget, Simon Standage and Ifan Williams.

Hendrik Bouman has collaborated with conductors Jan Boeke, Ivan Fisher, Christopher Jackson and Philippe Herreweghe and Ton Koopman.

Hendrik Bouman is an avid sailor and has cruised the Mediterranean on a sailing catamaran for a year with his family, bird, dog and harpsichord, during which he composed his "Babo Symphony", Cello Suite, Piano Trio "Golden Odyssey", "Emerald" String Quartet, two Divertimenti for harpsichord - "Le Carrousel" and "Il Vento" - "Sonata da Chiesa" and Sonatina "La Jeunesse".

Hendrik Bouman - Recital and lecture-demonstration on the harpsichord, Pondicherry, South India


Since twenty years Hendrik Bouman receives wide acclaim from the media, the public and colleagues for his Baroque and Classic compositions which he dedicates to his wife and muse Anna. His catalogue comprises 125 compositions (the equivalent of  19 CDs) for a variety of instruments in solo, duo, chamber and orchestral formations, as well as for voice and choir, and music for Baroque theatre and film. 

To date Hendrik Bouman has recorded 7 CDs of his works in baroque and classical styles and has premiered 100  compositions in solo and duo recitals, and with his ensembles Concerto Felice, Baroque SaMuse / The Baroque Muse in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa and India. His music is also performed in Germany, Sweden, Norway and the United States and broadcast on radio and television channels in Canada, France and Denmark and in Australia on Christmas day 2015 an hour’s programme is dedicated to Hendrik Bouman’s compositions.

World Premiere of Hendrik Bouman's "5 Concertos for Anna", Brighton, United Kingdom

The Baroque Muse, direction Hendrik Bouman

from left to right: Heiko ter Schegget, Hendrik Bouman, Simon Standage, Olivier Brault, Judy Tarling,

Andrew Kerr, Tormod Dalen. The harpsichord was designed and built by Hendrik Bouman

historic manor, Firle Place in the Sussex Downs, England. The British magazine Harpsichord & Fortepiano (UK) states in its review that "the disc sparkles with instrumental performance at its best, and that his [Bouman's] scoring for strings is exemplary."10

Between 2011 and 2015, members of The Baroque Muse record Hendrik Bouman's compositions for unaccompanied instruments on the CD 7 Baroque Solos for Anna. Hendrik Bouman records more of his solo keyboard music on Third Notebook for Anna for fortepiano, and Fourth Notebook for Anna and Firth Notebook for Anna for harpsichord on his label Arya.

Lucy van Dael & Sieuwert Verster,

co-founders - Orchestra of the 18th CenturyWorld Premiere of Hendrik Bouman's ‘La Festa di Lucia’

Hendrik Bouman, composer / guest director: World  premiere of his

‘La Festa di Lucia’

Members of the Dutch Orchestra of the 18th Century commission Hendrik Bouman to write La Festa di Lucia, for the anniversary of its co-founder and former leader (concert master) Lucy van Dael. He directs Lucy's Band.  in  its world premiere in Amsterdam.

Musica Antiqua Köln, Hendrik Bouman 2nd from the right

Hendrik Bouman began his "meteoric career"6 as a conductor in Montréal in 1985, by "magnificently" directing an orchestra of fifty musicians and over a hundred choristers, in a celebration of Alain Pièrard's mass Tu me cherches for an assembly of two thousand people in the Basilique de Notre Dame to mark the International Year of Youth.

A year later Hendrik Bouman creates his period orchestra Les Nations de Montréal, and gains rapidly a reputation of being "literally inhabited by music"3

In the prestigious radio series Les Grands Concerts du Radio Canada Hendrik Bouman directs Les Nations de Montréal and the choir of the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, in a programme which includes the Grand Motet In Convertendo by Campra.

In a live broadcast for Radio Canada, celebrating the tricentenary of the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, Hendrik Bouman directs his orchestra Les Nations de Montréal with soloists and choir of the Atelier de l'Opéra de l'université

Laval in the 20th century world première of Lully's opera Amadis de Gaulle, which is subsequently broadcast in France, Switzerland and Belgium.

Les Nations de Montréal under the direction of Hendrik Bouman was the first orchestra on period instruments to be invited to perform in the prestigious Concerts Populaires d'Été de la Ville de Montréal in the Maurice Richard sports arena for an audience of 5000 people.

Hendrik Bouman was guest conductor of the Portland Baroque Orchestra & Choir, notably in a "compelling, intelligent and jubilant"8 performance of Handel's Messiah.

Hendrik Bouman directs his ensemble Haydn Heritage in a recording for Radio Canada, of  Musique en Nouvelle France: Petit Motets, that was subsequently released on CD on the Radio Canada / REM label, which Diapason (Paris) qualified as "a unique programme of great beauty" by an ensemble "of immense musical and stylistic qualities."1

In the UNESCO-sponsored international township, Auroville in South India, in 2008, Hendrik Bouman is commissioned to compose stage music in baroque style for Molière's Malade Imaginaire and to direct soloists and chorus from the harpsichord.

Molière: ‘Le Malade Imaginaire’, Auroville, 2008. Hendrik Bouman, composer / guest music director

Having pursued his musical journey beyond his native Netherlands, residing in Germany, and subsequently with his family in Québec and Maritimes Canada, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom, and while playing with musicians from these countries Hendrik Bouman has synthesized specific aspects of the baroque and classical musical heritage of his various adopted homes, while acquiring proficiency in five languages. Additionally, during prolonged stays, India has made an impression upon him with its ancient and uninterrupted musical tradition, dating back centuries, which inspired him to approach the European musical heritage of the Baroque and Classic era in a similar manner, not as a closed chapter locked in the past but rather as a timeless medium for an ever expanding repertoire in a dynamic union between composing and performing.

Hendrik Bouman in recital at the

Handel House, London

Workshop in Baroque Improvisation on the harpsichord

Académie de Musique Rainier III in Monaco

Hendrik Bouman stresses the benefits of developing improvisational and compositional skills in baroque and classic styles, particularly in relation to interpretation issues.

He coaches candidates for international competitions and guides young ‘baroque and classical composers’ aspiring to attain mastery in their art.

Former professor at Concordia University, Montréal, and Laval University, Québec, is invited to give masterclasses and lecture-recitals throughout Europe, in North and South America, Mexico and India.

Following the success of his two award-winning CDs Little Notebook for Anna I & II of his harpsichord and piano music, Hendrik Bouman is invited to premiere more of his music for harpsichord and piano in a recital recorded 'live' by CBC Halifax for its programme "All the Best".

In 1999, during the Canadian Indian River Festival, Hendrik Bouman presents his newly formed ensemble Concerto Felice, founded with his former colleague of Musica Antiqua Köln, Hajo Bäss, in the world première of his new chamber and orchestral music. The concert is broadcast by CBC Halifax /Radio Canada Moncton.

Hendrik Bouman's innovative career as a performer of his new Baroque and Classic compositions, as well as that of conductor and even harpsichord builder, captures the attention of the media; The CBC/Radio Canada, CBCTV and ATV Canada broadcast several 'live' premiere performances of his works as well as feature portraits as of 1994, when CBC broadcasts Hendrik Bouman playing on the harpsichord his arrangements of Christmas music which the radio had commissioned. On the 2nd of September 1997, CBCTV News broadcasts as a tribute to HRH Princess Diana Hendrik Bouman's composition "Her Royal Highness Princess Diana's Ground" on footage of the Princess of Wales's visit to Canada. In the following year, his "Menuet du Matin" is selected as a theme for Radio Canada's daily programme Les Bonheurs de Sophie.

At Easter 2003, Radio France8, for its weekly programme À l'Improviste, broadcasts a recital of Hendrik Bouman's free improvisations in baroque style which he played on the historical Ruckers-Taskin harpsichord in the Musée de la Cité de la Musique in Paris. Ten years previously, he had introduced an ex-tempore improvisation in baroque style at the request of Radio Canada, during a recital in the Festival Domaine Forget, Québec.

Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman

rehearsal for 20th C World Premiere of Lully's Amadis

in Live Broadcast, Radio Canada

Hendrik Bouman in recital in Nice, France on his harpsichord which he designed and built in 2006. Lid painting by the artist Gino Arcidianco

As fortepianist Hendrik Bouman was invited to give the Prestige Concert in the Mozart Festival of the Opéra de Montréal, for the bicentenary of Mozart, with his guest, the soprano Nancy Argenta. He accompanied the Dutch baritone Max van Egmond in a Radio Canada production of Schubert's Winterreise.

Hendrik Bouman, is invited to give recitals on the harpsichord and fortepiano in Europe, Canada, the USA, South Africa and India. Numerous recitals were recorded by European and Canadian radio broadcasters, and Italian and Canadian television.

He performs in prestigious venues, ranging from Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and London's Queen Elisabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and Holywell Music Room to the Chapelle Royale in the Château Versailles, the Schwetzinger Palace, the San Marco Basilica in Venice, Place des Arts in Montréal and in international festivals such as Festival de Besançon, Flanders Festival, Holland Festival and the Oude Muziek Festival in the Netherlands, the Berliner Festwoche, the City of London Festival, the English Bach Festival, Festival Mozart of the Montréal Opera and Festival Montréal Baroque as well as in prestigious series, such as Musica e Poesia, Milano, Italy, in Palais Lascaris, Nice, France, in the Musée de la Cité de la Musique, Paris, Handel House, London, and the Concerts Populaires d'Été de la Ville de Montréal.

Hendrik Bouman has appeared as soloist with Ton Koopman in Bach's multi-harpsichord concertos in Bonn and on tour with Marie Leonhardt's ensemble Mateus in Germany, Italy, and Holland. In Canada he joined the Soloists of [Toronto] Tafelmusik on tour in the province of Ontario and in Montréal, Québec.

Les Nations de Montréal, direction Hendrik Bouman

in an All Mozart Programme in Montréal,

recorded by CBC/ Radio Canada

In 2009 Hendrik Bouman forms The Baroque Muse with at its core prominent musician friends from various countries where he resided and with whom he has collaborated and premiered his works over the years; all are reputed soloists and principal players of renowned period orchestras: Simon Standage (United Kingdom), Heiko ter Schegget (Netherlands), Grégoire Jeay (France, based in Québec), Tormod Dalen (Norway, based in France), Olivier Brault (Québec) and Hajo Bäss (Germany). The ensemble's first project was to perform in world premiere Hendrik Bouman's 5 Baroque Concertos for Anna, and to record the programme on CD at Viscount Gage’s 

Hendrik Bouman & Simon Standage, Phillip Bate Recital, Holywell Music Room, Oxford University, UK

Baie des Anges (en face de Nice), Côte d'Azur, France

Baie du Bengal, Pondichéry, Inde du Sud

Footnotes with links::

  1. 1.Diapason, Paris April 1990 - CD critique, Musique en Nouvelle France - Reviews

  2. 2.Salzburger Nachrichten, Autriche - Reviews

  3. 3.Le Devoir, Montréal - Concerts Populaires de la Ville de Montréal, 1988 -

  4. 4.Colleagues: Max van Egmond etc  1998-2013 - Reviews

  5. 5.Christopher Jackson, Dean of Arts, Concordia University, 2004 - Reviews

  6. 6.The Gazette, Montréal, 2007 - Artist Portrait

  7. 7.The Oregonian, Portland, Oregan, 1990 - Reviews

  8. 8.The World of Musique, the Press and Radio - Reviews

  9. 9.HRH Princess Dianai’s Ground by Hendrik Bouman - video - Homage CBCNews Canada

  10. 10. Harpsichord & Fortepiano magazine - Review Hendrik Bouman CD 5 Baroque Concerto for Anna 2012

  11. 11. Discography

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'Little Bach Track'  (1996)

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CD Little Notebook for Anna I