Jörn Boysen – harpsichord

Boysen MFF (Cavo-Challenge Records)

Harpsichordist Jörn Boysen was born in Lübeck, Germany, in 1976. During his studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck he founded the ensemble Musica Poetica which he lead from the harpsichord in numerous concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and on live radio broadcasts. Boysen studied with Tini Mathot and Ton Koopman at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As a conductor, soloist or continuo player he works and plays regularly with ensembles and choirs in Germany, the Netherlands and France. Boysen performed on European festivals as the Festival Mitte Europa, Göttinger Händel Festspiele, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Itinéraire Baroque and the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek. He worked with Alina Ibragimova and Lisa Ferschtman and regularly performs with Johannette Zomer (Tulipa Consort) and Antoinette Lohmann (Furor Musicus). Critics describe his harpsichord playing as „… affective…, dynamic…“ and „… of délicatesse…“. Boysen conducted productions of the O.T. Opera Rotterdam (Orfeo Intermezzi, 2005) and the Utrechtse Spelen (Molière’s/Charpentier’s Imaginary Invalid, 2009 and 2011) for whose productions he has also composed music. In 2012 he was music director of Opéra Mosset in France. For that production he arranged J. Offenbach’s Belle Hélène for salon orchestra. In addition, Boysen composed various orchestral, chamber and vocal works music for harpsichord. His song cycle Schattenwind on texts from the eponymous collection of poems by German painter and writer Rainer Erhard Teubert has been premiered in March 2010 in Boysen’s home town Lübeck. For the Concert Series Oude Muziek Nieuw (Early Music New) he completed Bach’s St Mark Passion by composing all missing recitatives, turba-choirs and arias. The press wrote about this completion: “Finally a convincing alternative to all the other reconstructions. It is even a serious alternative to Bach’s own St John and St Matthew Passions.” Boysen’s works have been performed by Musica Poetica and soloists of the Berlin Philharmonics and the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, amongst others

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