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Marcel Ponseele (Oboe, Conductor)

Born: 1957 - Kortrijk, Belgium

The Belgian oboist and conductor, Marcel Ponseele, studied modern oboe and chamber music at the conservatories of Bruges, Brussels and Gent in Belgium. After his graduation, he began to study the Baroque oboe. In 1981 he won a prize at the "Musica Antiqua" competition in Bruges.

At the same time he played regularly with several Baroque orchestra's, such as La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, La Chapelle Royale. Even more so, he is a founding member of the Orchestra des Champs-Elysées under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe. He regularly played under the major early music conductors, including Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, and Masaaki Suzuki. In addition, he directs l’Harmonie des Champs-Elysées, another Baroque-performing group, with which he has given numerous concerts and made recordings. Together with Jan De Winne and Shalev Ad-El, he founded in 1988 the Baroque ensemble Il Gardellino, of which he's the artistic leader. Over the years he has become strongly identified with the group.

Marcel Ponseele is generally considered one of the foremost Baroque oboists of his time: conductor Philippe Herreweghe has called him the finest Baroque oboist in the world. Ponseele is also a conductor of international renown. Like many talented instrumentalists from the latter half of the 20th century, he often conducts while performing as soloist in concert. He has made numerous recordings with Il Gardellino in these dual roles, particularly in the music of J.S. Bach. Ponseele's repertoire extends not only to other Baroque icons, like Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, and Georg Philipp Telemann, but to lesser known figures like Johann Gottlieb Graun, Christoph Schaffrath, Ernst Eichner, and many others. But Ponseele's repertoire reaches beyond the Baroque, taking in works by W.A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, Reinecke, Piazzolla, and more. As an oboist Ponseele typically performs on historic instruments, playing 18th century models for Baroque works. He also plays Classical and Modern oboes. Ponseele's discography is extensive, both as soloist and conductor, with numerous discs issued on a range of labels, including Erato, BIS, Harmonia Mundi, and Accent.

Marcel Ponseele is internationally known as Baroque specialist, and is often invited as a solist to perform with great orchestra's or to participate on different recordings. He performed and recorded mostly everything that was ever written for oboe by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, W.A. Mozart and others. Among its later and more critically acclaimed recordings is the 2005 CD of J.S. Bach oboe concertos, which also includes an intriguing arrangement by Ponseele of Gustav Mahler's Ruckert Lieder No. 3. He also focuses on chamber music, of which several recordings were made.

Marcel Ponseele has served on the faculty of the National Conservatory of Paris for many years and, with one of his brothers, has built oboes fashioned after 18th century models.

Source: Il Gardellino Website; All Music Guide (Author: Robert Cummings)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2010)

Marcel Ponseele: Marcel Ponseele | Il Gardellino | Recordings of Vocal Works | Recordings of Instrumental Works




John Eliot Gardiner

Oboe, Oboe d’amore

BCP: BWV 1, BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 127, BWV 159

John Eliot Gardiner

Obor, Oboe d’amore, oboe da caccia

Member of English Baroque Soloists:
BCP Vol. 6: CD-1:
BWV 69a, BWV 35, BWV 137
BCP Vol. 17: CD-1:
BWV 143, BWV 41, BWV 16, BWV 171; CD-2: BWV 153, BWV 58
BCP Vol. 18: CD-1:
BWV 63, BWV 191, BWV 65, BWV 123; CD-2: BWV 154, BWV 124, BWV 32
BCP Vol. 21: CD-2:
BWV 182, BWV 54, BWV 1
BCP Vol. 23: CD-2:
BWV 104, BWV 85, BWV 112
BCP Vol. 24: CD-1:
BWV 12, BWV 103, BWV 146
BCP Trinity II:
BWV 113, BWV 179, BWV 199

Philippe Herreweghe

Obor, Oboe d’amore

Member of La Chapelle Royale:
C-4 (1990):
BWV 243, BWV 80
C-6 (1991):
BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 158

Philippe Herreweghe

Obor, Oboe d’amore

BWV 35, BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 84, BWV 158 [1st], BWV 170
Member of
Collegium Vocale Gent:
C-8 (1994):
BWV 249. BWV 66
C-9 (1995):
BWV 122, BWV 110, BWV 57
C-10 (1996):
BWV 36, BWV 61, BWV 62
C-12 (1998):
BWV 8, BWV 125, BWV 138
C-14 (2002):
BWV 2, BWV 20, BWV 176
C-15: CD-1 (2001):
BWV 91, BWV 121, BWV 133; CD-2 (2002): BWV 63, BWV 243a
C-16 (2003):
BWV 12, BWV 38, BWV 75
C-19 (2007):
BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 127, BWV 159
BWV 249 [2nd, Video]

Ton Koopman

Obor, Oboe d’amore

BWV 24, BWV 25, BWV 67, BWV 95, BWV 105, BWV 136, BWV 144, BWV 147, BWV 148, BWV 181

Ton Koopman

Obor, Oboe d’amore

Member of Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra:
Cantatas Vol. 2: CD-1:
BWV 12; CD-2: BWV 132; CD-3: BWV 152, BWV 199
V-3 (1998): BWV 243, BWV 249

Sigiswald Kuijken

Obor, Oboe d’amore

BWV 49, BWV 58, BWV 82

Jérôme Lejeune


BWV 82, BWV 152, BWV 202 [w/ Ricercar Consort]

Erik Van Nevel


BWV 38, BWV 131 [w/ Ricercar Consort]

Daniel Reuss


Member of Il Gardellino:
BWV 232 [2nd, Video]

Masaaki Suzuki


BWV 152

Links to other Sites

Marcel Ponseele (In Gardellino)
Marcel Ponseele, oboe (Bach Collegium Japan)

Marcel Ponseele - Biography (
Marcel Ponseele (Flanders Music Centre)

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