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ARTIST PROFILE

Jacques Ogg and Wilbert Hazelzet

BIOGRAPHY

Jacques Ogg is a performer on both harpsichord and fortepiano; he teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague; he conducts and he makes recordings, either solo or with friends and colleagues.

He was born in Maastricht (the Netherlands) and studied harpsichord in the city of his birth with Anneke Uittenbosch. In 1970 he went to study with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory from which he graduated in 1974.

Jacques Ogg’s current activities include soloconcerts on harpsichord or on fortepiano, concerts with flautist Wilbert Hazelzet as a duo as well as in a trio-formation either with gambaplayer Jaap ter Linden or with ‘cellist Christiaan Norde. He is a member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century and performs regularly with Concerto Palatino. He is frequently invited for masterclasses, for instance in Juiz de Fora (Brazil) and Buenos Aires, in Mateus (Portugal), Salamanca (Spain) as well as in Cracow (Poland), Prague and Budapest. He was invited as a juror in competitions such as “Bach Wettbewerb” (Leipzig) and “Prague Spring”.

Jacques Ogg is artistic director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra in Minneapolis/Saint Paul (Minnesota, US).

Wilbert Hazelzet is dedicated since 1970 exclusively to the baroque flauto traverso. He studied the ancient instrumental techniques and the performance of the music from the 18th century according to contemporary treatises about flute playing and singing. Considered by many as the leading baroque flute player, in 1978 he became a member of Musica Antiqua Köln and with this world-famous ensemble he appeared in Japan, India, China, the USA, Canada, and all over Europe, from Finland to Portugal and from Eire to Russia.

He now forms permanent duos with Jacques Ogg, harpsichord, and with Konrad Junghänel, lute. He is the first flautist of Ton Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, has made recordings for numerous radio and TV stations all over the world and for several recording companies such as DGG, Erato, Harmonia Mundi and, now, Glossa. Wilbert Hazelzet is also a Professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.