About

The Castello Consort is a young ensemble that specializes in the historically informed performance of 17th-century music. The ensemble consists of four instrumentalists: Elise van der Wel (violin), Matthijs van der Moolen (sackbut), Anne-Linde Visser (violoncello) and Henriëtte Wirth (organ & harpsichord). This core is regularly expanded with other instrumentalists and/or singers, to fit the specific needs for each project.

Recently, the Castello Consort performed concerts during the Internationale Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen (DE), Beverley Early Music Festival (UK), BRQ Festival (fringe) in Vantaa (FI), Kongsberg International Organ Summer (NO) and in the Fabulous Fringe series of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL). Furthermore, they featured in prominent concert series in the Netherlands, such as Musica Antica da Camera and Kasteelconcerten.

At the moment, the ensemble is participating in the 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). Their dedication towards 17th-century repertoire naturally results in the use of period instruments (or accurate copies), as well as the choice of specific tunings/temperaments (a’=466Hz, quarter-comma meantone) and further research into articulation, phrasing and other aspects of playing that distinguish this repertoire from other musical styles.

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.

When you scroll down this page, you will find short individual biographies of the ensemble members.

Ensemble Members

Matthijs van der Moolen

sackbut

Matthijs van der Moolen (The Netherlands, 1994) studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague for his historical trombone masters with Charles Toet. In 2016, he already finished his bachelor studies of both historical and classical trombone at the same school. He studied classical trombone with Pete Saunders and Timothy Dowling. The latter also taught him how to perform on original romantic trombones.
Matthijs mainly focuses on playing (early and contemporary) chamber music, and is also one of the founding members of ensemble Ongestreken. In 2015, he joined the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in a collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire. You will find more information about Matthijs on his website:
www.matthijsvandermoolen.com.

Anne-Linde Visser

violoncello

Anne-Linde Visser (The Netherlands, 1992) studies baroque cello with Lucia Swarts at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The Erasmus program gave her the opportunity to study for one year at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Jonathan Manson, with whom she also started learning the viola da gamba.
Anne-Linde is 'young Bach fellow' of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and member of the Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra. Besides that, she regularly plays with the Laurenscantorij, Dutch Baroque Orchestra and Ars Musica. Anne-Linde is playing on a cello on loan from a collection of the Dutch Musical Instruments Fund (NMF). For more information, see:
www.anne-linde.nl.

Henriëtte Wirth

organ & harpsichord

After winning the first prize at the piano competition of Bloemendaal (2001), the Dutch pianist and harpsichord player 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. She graduated in 2016 and is currently continuing her studies as a pianoforte student at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Bart van Oort.
Besides her studies, Henriëtte is an active chamber music player on both piano, harpsichord and pianoforte. Since 2008 she 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

Biography coming very soon...