Hailed as one of the most gifted and versatile recorder players of the new generation, Erik Bosgraaf has a colourful past in a rock band and as an oboe player. He believes that good music is irrespective of style and feels equally at home in early and contemporary music as well as commissioning new works including several concertos incorporating new media. Current engagements include solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden and the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic/Thierry Fischer.
His debut recording, a 3-CD box with music by Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck, was number one in the Dutch classical music charts in 2007 and his CD/DVD ‘Big Eye’, including contemporary music for film, was hailed as ‘wacky, irreverent and thought-provoking’ (Gramophone). His discography further includes CDs of Telemann, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. In 2006 he co-founded Ensemble Cordevento specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th century. In 2009 he received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award from a committee presided over by pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The prize, to the amount of 20,000 pounds, is to be devoted to matters furthering the career of the recipient. In 2011 he won the Dutch Music Prize, the highest Dutch state award for music.
Erik Bosgraaf was nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and BOZAR Brussels
18 January Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall
9 March Stockholms Konserthus
15 April The Sage Gateshead
20 April Laeiszhalle Hamburg
26 April L’Auditori Barcelona
29 April Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham
15 May Philharmonie Luxembourg
20 May Kölner Philharmonie