"He can convince you that this is great music. If you're not sure whether you really need a Suite in A minor in your collection, this is definetely one to add."recorder magazine, 05-9-2022
Thomas Triesschijn began his musical studies with choral and recorder lessons at the age of seven. Aged 13, he was admitted to the talent programme of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague to study with Dorothea Winter. After earning a Bachelor of Music, he completed his Master’s degree at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht with Heiko ter Schegget.
In 2010, Thomas was a finalist in the Dutch national finals of the “Eurovision Young Musicians Competition” and appeared on national television as a soloist with Holland Symfonia conducted by Otto Tausk. The year after, Thomas won first prize during the finals of the Princess Christina Competition in Rotterdam.
Thomas focuses on the performance of both early and contemporary music. He has performed all over Europe, the United States and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, working with ensembles and conductors such as Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier, Holland Baroque and Daniel Reuss, Opera2Day and Hernán Schvartzman. His performances have taken him to distinguished festivals and stages such as the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Château de Versailles and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Along with his performing activities, Thomas is in international demand as a teacher and juror at music competitions. He is based in Lucerne (Switzerland) where he teaches the recorder at the Musikschule Luzern.
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.
Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.
He can convince you that this is great music. If you're not sure whether you really need a Suite in A minor in your collection, this is definetely one to add.
recorder magazine, 05-9-2022
... as the music speaks eloquently in terms of its excellence, brought to life by Triesschijn and his ensemble. Well worth obtaining.
Thomas Triesschijn is a fluent virtuoso and his arrangement of three instrumental movements from two of Bach's cantatas to form a concerto comes over well. The concertos by Graupner and Johann Friedrich Fasch are genuine recorder works and are stlyishly played.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-6-2022
The big winner in this regard is above all the vertical flute enthusiast, who is treated by Trieschijn to equally dedicated and exciting playing in all works, masterfully supported by the other instrumentalists.
Thomas Triesschijn, with his seductive recorder sound, phrases extremely imaginatively and never superficially with virtuosity. He doesn't act as a bold soloist, but proves that he sees himself as an honest ensemble player. A thoroughly captivating recording!
Thomas Triesschijn is admittedly unknown to the general public. But that will soon change, because whoever delivers such a personal album really has something to say!
Music Frames, 17-2-2022
We can consider ourselves privileged with this baroque ensemble.
De Volkskrant, 10-2-2022
We hear many styles, timbres and playing styles and we find a new world of sound. The result is a phenomenal sample of compositions with the recorder in a starring role – either as an ensemble instrument or as a soloist.
Katholiek Nieuwsblad, 04-2-2022
The Dutch ensemble The Counterpoints XL, expanded here to a small baroque orchestra, not only want to offer you beautiful music by Bach and Telemann on this wonderfully beautiful CD, on their historical instruments or on the best copies thereof, but also to introduce you to the equally brilliant music of their previously unknown contemporaries, Fasch and Graupner.