Marcel Ponseele

Belgian baroque oboist, conductor and oboe maker (Courtrai, 1957 - )

Marcel Ponseele is considered today as one of the greatest interpreters of the baroque repertoire, with a discography that reaches 300 recordings.

Enrolled at the Bruges Municipal Music Conservatory, Marcel Ponseele studied modern oboe and chamber music. In 1977, he won the Oboe Conservatory Award of Excellence. He continued his studies at the Ghent Royal Conservatory and the Brussels Royal Conservatory, where he specialized in baroque oboe. In 1980, he received an honorable mention at the Early Music Competition of the Flanders Festival in Bruges (Musica Antiqua festival Brugge). In 1981, he won this prestigious competition.

He began his career with prestigious ensembles such as La Petite Bande, the Chapelle Royale and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and under the direction of many great conductors: Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner and Philipppe Herreweghe, with whom he founded the Harmonie des Champs-Elysees. He enjoys an international reputation as a baroque oboe virtuoso and has recorded many interpretations, notably with his own orchestra Il Gardellino. His repertoire ranges from the baroque repertoire of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann to the lesser-known music of Johann Gottlieb Graun, Christoph Schaffrath and Ernst Eichner or the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Reinecke and Piazolla.

For several years, Marcel Ponseele has been teaching oboe at the Paris Conservatory. He is also an oboe maker with his brother Francis.

Five landmark dates in the life of Marc Ponseele

1977: Received the Bruges Conservatory of Music Award of Excellence

1981: Award winner at the Early Music Competition of the Flanders Festival in Bruges

1988: He created the ensemble Il Gardellino with Jan De Winne and Shalev Ad-El.

2002 - 2008: Member of the jury of the Festival Musica Antiqua in Bruges

2005: Recorded Bach's Oboe Concertos