About

The Castello Consort is an ensemble with a passion for the virtuosic and expressive music of the seventeenth century. Four musicians form the core of the ensemble: Elise van der Wel (violin), Matthijs van der Moolen (sackbut), Anne-Linde Visser (cello, bass violin & viola da gamba) and Henriëtte Wirth (harpsichord & organ). This core is regularly expanded with guest musicians.

Recently, the Castello Consort performed at a variety of the foremost international festivals for early music, including the Internationale Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen (DE), the Beverley Early Music Festival (UK), the Festival d'Ambronay (FR), the Festival Barocco è il Mondo (IT), the BRQ Festival (fringe) in Vantaa (FI), the Schuyt Festival in Leiden (NL), the Kongsberg International Organ Summer (NO) and twice in the Fabulous Fringe series of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL). Furthermore, they featured in prominent concert series in the Netherlands, such as Kasteelconcerten, Musica Antica, Prelude Klassiek and InCanto.

In 2017, the ensemble was selected for the prestigious Eeemerging scheme, a programme supporting a small selection of the most promising young, European early music ensembles within the framework of Creative Europe. As part of this programme, the ensemble was invited for residencies at the NCEM in York (UK) and Ghislierimusica in Pavia (IT).

The members of the Castello Consort met as students in the early music department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (NL), sharing their dedication towards early chamber music. Besides playing, the musicians research the various aspects that distinguish the seventeenth-century repertoire from other (early) music, including historical tuning/temperaments, instrumentation and other performance aspects (articulation, phrasing, ornamentation, improvisation, etc.).

The ensemble has also participated in educational projects. One example is 'Of Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax', a project and performance in the Beverley Minster (UK), which involved 200 pupils from schools in Beverley and Hull.

Ensemble Members

Matthijs van der Moolen

sackbut

In 2018, Matthijs van der Moolen (1994) finished his master studies (cum laude) at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, with Charles Toet. He finished two bachelor studies at the same institution in 2016 (classical and historical trombone). He studied the classical trombone with Pete Saunders and Timothy Dowling. The latter also teaches him 19th-century performance practice on original romantic trombones.
Matthijs' main focus is the performance of chamber music, both early and contemporary. He is also co-founder of the ensemble Ongestreken.
Matthijs has played with a variety of ensembles, including Música Temprana, Eik & Linde, het Luthers Bach Ensemble, Concerto da Fusignano and Copper & Zink. Besides, he plays first trombone in the orchestra Ars Musica, and he played with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (collaboration with the conservatory) and with the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO).
You can find more information on:
www.matthijsvandermoolen.com.

Anne-Linde Visser

cello, bass violin & viola da gamba

Anne-Linde Visser (1992) finished both her bachelor- and master studies with very good results at the Royal Conservatory The Hague, studying with Lucia Swarts. The Erasmus program gave her the opportunity to study for one year at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Jonathan Manson. Currently she is studying viola da gamba at the same school, also with Jonathan Manson.
Anne-Linde has performed with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the 18th Century (in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory The Hague), the Laurenscantorij, Dutch Baroque Orchestra and Ars Musica. With those ensembles she has worked with conductors like Jos van Veldhoven, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki.
Anne-Linde plays on two 18th century instruments: an English baroque cello by Henry Jay (made possible with the help of ‘Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument’) and a Saxon piccolo-cello.

Henriëtte Wirth

harpsichord & organ

Henriëtte Wirth studied Musicology at the University of Utrecht and piano at the Conservatory of Utrecht with Klára Würtz and Paolo Giacometti. She wrote a musicological thesis about hear great-aunt Janny van Wering, the first professional Dutch harpsichord player in the Netherlands. This interest led her to the world of early music.
After finishing her two studies in Utrecht, Henriëtte moved to Belgium where she studied harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Herman Stinders and pianoforte with Piet Kuijken. Whereafter she finished her studies of pianoforte at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Bart van Oort.
Since 2008 Henriëtte performs regularly with the Arcadië Trio (clarinet, cello and piano) and in 2014 she formed Ars Mirabilis, a professional baroque orchestra based in Brussels. Since 2007 Henriëtte is a teacher at the cultural centre of the University of Utrecht, teaching piano, harpsichord and accompaniment.

Elise van der Wel

violin

Elise van der Wel (1992) obtained her bachelors degree in 2015, having studied the baroque violin with Kati Debretzeni. At the moment Elise is in the Masters programme at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Sunske Sato and Sayuri Yamagata. In the upcoming academic year Elise will study at the Royal Academy of Music in London via the Erasmus exchange programme.
Elise performed in concerts with ensembles such as the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Capriola di Gioia, il Gardellino, BachPlus and Collegium Marianum (CZ). She is a member and co-founder of Le Concert d’Apollon, an orchestra specializing in French baroque music.
Since February 2017, Elise is playing on a violin that she has on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds. The instrument was built in 1691 in Amsterdam by Willem van der Sijde, and once belonged to the Dutch princess Juliana.