L’Orfeo Bläserensemble

The L’Orfeo Bläserensemble was founded in 2009 and consists of members of the L’Orfeo Barockorchester. The unique approach of the orchestra to generally think in terms of chamber music, no matter the size of the orchestra, led to the obvious step of actually playing chamber music written for winds. The ensemble is directed by oboist Carin van Heerden. The first CD was released in 2010 with the complete octetts and quintetts for winds by Mozart’s Bohemian contemporary Josef Myslivecek. The L’Orfeo Wind Ensemble has performed at the Donaufestwochen im Strudengau, at the German Mozartfest Augsburg and the Mozartfest Würzburg. Recently the ensemble has been dealing with works by Georg Philipp Telemann for 2 oboes, 2 horns, bassoon and basso continuo and for 4 oboes, 4 horns and 2 bassoons. These works were presented in Linz and in Telemann’s city of birth Magdeburg. CDs with this repertoire will be released in 2018 by cpo.

Carin van Heerden was born in Cape Town (South Africa). She studied the recorder with Günther Höller (Cologne) and Walter van Hauwe (Amsterdam) and the baroque oboe with Helmut Hucke (Cologne). She was the winner of international music competitions, among them the renowned international ARD competition in Munich (1988). She works with various ensembles and orchestras conducted by Ton Koopman, Alan Curtis, Konrad Junghänel und Hermann Max. She was professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg from 1993-2004 and subsequently at the Cologne Musikhochschule until 2008. At present she teaches the baroque oboe and recorder and heads the Institute for Early Music and Performance Practice at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz.
Carin van Heerden is co-founder of the Austrian L’Orfeo Barockorchester, directed by Michi Gaigg, and works with this orchestra (also as soloist) in Europe and South Africa. Solo CDs with her playing have been released by cpo (Telemann and Myslivecek), Cavalli Records (Hotteterre) and Sony (Telemann). She is the German translator of Bruce Haynes’ „Eloquent Oboe“. She is often invited as member of the jury at international competitions for Early Music and for master classes internationally.

CD releases by L’Orfeo Bläserensemble:

photos of Carin van Heerden & L’Orfeo Bläserensemble (for download)