Internationally renowned baroque violinist Amandine Beyer has established herself as a leading interpreter of baroque violin repertoire. She started playing the recorder at the age of four, but later switched to the violin. She was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris when she was fifteen and graduated in 1994. She then specialised at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under Chiara Banchini, where she also attended classes by Christophe Coin, Jesper Christensen, Hopkinson Smith and others.
Her recording of the Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach has attracted huge critical acclaim internationally, being awarded Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s Choice for Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros, and Excepcional by Scherzo. She continues to perform Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas all round Europe, as part of an interdisciplinary stage show “Partita 2”, choreographed and danced by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz. She is currently (2019) touring worldwide with music by J.S. Bach in Rosas’ dance production The Six Brandenburg Concertos, also with the choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Amandine plays regularly in Europe’s most important halls and baroque festivals – for example in Paris, Sablé, Antwerp, Innsbruck, Vienna and London. She divides her time between the different ensembles of which she is a member: les Cornets Noirs, duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurence Beyer and her own ensemble, Gli Incogniti, whose CDs devoted to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Corelli’s Concerti Grossi have been reviewed as new highlights in the performance of this repertoire.
She is passionate about teaching the next generation of baroque musicians, and she gives lessons at ESMAE in Porto, Portugal, as well as masterclasses in her native France and as far afield as Taiwan, Brazil, USA and Canada; since 2010 she has taught baroque violin at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Amandine will work with the young musicians of the European Union Baroque Orchestra for the first time in 2018, as part of the GofBaroque project.
Lars Ulrik Mortensen
When Lars Ulrik Mortensen began studying musicology at university, he came across a book about English music for the virginals – he was fascinated, and it led him to the harpsichord. He studied first in Copenhagen and then in London, becoming harpsichordist with London Baroque and Collegium Musicum 90.
In 2004, after a long association with the European Union Baroque Orchestra as harpsichord tutor and guest director, Lars Ulrik Mortensen became its Music Director. A Financial Times reviewer, writing after a EUBO concert, said “Mortensen is exceptional not just for his scholarship and virtuosity at the keyboard, but also because he makes music with his entire body and soul.” In his home country Lars Ulrik is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, whose opera productions at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen have helped to build a profile for the group nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with his “own” orchestras, Lars Ulrik also performs extensively as guest director, soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia, and gives courses and master-classes throughout the world.
Lars Ulrik Mortensen has received a number of prizes, among them Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007; he became a fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in 2008. Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s many CD recordings have reaped major awards. Directing Concerto Copenhagen, his recordings include violin and harpsichord concertos and the b minor mass by Bach, Haydn piano concertos (with soloist Ronald Brautigam), as well as symphonies by Danish composers Hartmann, Kunzen and Gerson.
With EUBO, Mortensen has recorded a selection of suites by J.S. Bach, Fux and Rameau, two CDs of music by Händel and in 2014 Vivaldi’s violin concerti The Four Seasons, featuring four EUBO alumni as soloists.