About

The ensemble

The Castello Consort is an ensemble with a passion for music from the renaissance and early baroque periods. The musicians are constantly exploring an expressive, vocal sound quality and harmonious interplay. The core of the ensemble is formed by Elise Dupont (violin), Matthijs van der Moolen (sackbut) and Anne-Linde Visser (bass violin & viola da gamba). This core is expanded for every programme, depending on the repertoire.

Recently, the Castello Consort performed at the foremost international festivals, 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 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 Kasteelconcerten, Musica Antica da Camera, Prelude Klassiek Baarn and InCanto Middelburg.

One of the largest projects of the Castello Consort until now is their initiative in the building of a unique pipe organ, combining a historically accurate reproduction of a 1600’s Italian church organ with the transportability that is necessary in today’s performance practice. The many registers and extended meantone tuning of this instrument will offer a new range of colours and expressions. More information can be found on the dedicated project website: orgel.castelloconsort.com.

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 scheme, the ensemble was invited for residencies at the NCEM in York (UK) and GhislieriMusica in Pavia (IT).

The members of the Castello Consort met during their studies at 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 sixteenth- and seventeenth-century repertoire from other (early) music, including historical tuning/temperaments, instrumentation and other performance aspects (articulation, phrasing, ornamentation).

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. In 2020, members of the Castello Consort will teach a course on Gabrieli’s double-choir music at Huismuziek (The Netherlands).

The Castello Consort in Het Rembrandthuis Amsterdam. Photo by Foppe Schut.

Core musicians

Portrait of Matthijs van der Moolen, sackbut or baroque trombone player of the Castello Consort. Photo by Foppe Schut.

Matthijs van der Moolen

Matthijs van der Moolen (1994) focuses mainly on the performance of chamber music, both early and contemporary. In 2018, he finished his masters degree cum laude at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, after studying 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. In 2019 he will start his second masters degree with Catherine Motuz at the Schola Cantorum Basilienis in Basel, which allows him to specialize even further into the early music.

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 played with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (collaboration with the conservatory) and with the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO). Besides the Castello Consort, he is also co-founder of the ensemble Ongestreken.

More information is available at www.matthijsvandermoolen.com.


Anne-Linde Visser

Anne-Linde Visser (1992) is an active performer on the bass violin, baroque cello, piccolo-cello and the viola da gamba. She studied baroque cello with Lucia Swarts at the Royal Conservatory The Hague, for which she received her master diploma (cum laude) in 2018. Recently she also graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music (London), where she studied the viola da gamba with Jonathan Manson.

As a Young Bach Fellow she took part in projects with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and from 2015 till 2017 she was a member of the Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra. For the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series (London), Anne-Linde played the gamba arias in the Matthew Passion, conducted by Trevor Pinnock, and in the Actus Tragicus with Philip Herreweghe. Anne-Linde loves playing chamber music and especially enjoys playing basso continuo, which has been described as ‘excellent’ (Early Music Reviews) and ‘impressive: unobtrusive yet decisive’ (Opera Today).

Anne-Linde plays on two eighteenth-century instruments: an English baroque cello by Henry Jay (made possible with the help of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument) and a Saxon piccolo-cello.

Portrait of Anne-Linde Visser, bass violin and viola da gamba player of the Castello Consort. Photo by Foppe Schut.

Portrait of Elise Dupont, violin player of the Castello Consort. Photo by Foppe Schut.

Elise Dupont

When Elise Dupont (1992) first encountered the historically informed performance practice, this was an ear-opening experience for her. From that moment she was sure about pursuing a career as a baroque violinist. Elise completed her bachelor studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag as a student in the class of Kati Debretzeni. Currently Elise is following a masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Matthew Truscott and Rachel Podger.

Recent highlights have been a tour of the St. John’s passion as a Young Bach Fellow with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and leading her ensemble Le Concert d’Apollon in the 2018 edition of the Early Music Festival in Utrecht. In February 2019, Elise led the second orchestra in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Trevor Pinnock. That same month she won the Mica Comberti Bach Prize.

Since 2017, Elise plays on a violin 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.

Guest musicians 2019-2020

Violin

Elise Dupont
Ivan Iliev
Sakura Goto

Viola

Sakura Goto
Hilla Heller

Tenor violin

Zdenka Prochazkova

Bass violin

Anne-Linde Visser

Viola da gamba

Anne-Linde Visser

Harp

Emma Huijsser

Theorbo & guitar

Giulio Quirici

Harpsichord

Henriëtte Wirth

Organ

Catalina Vicens

Percussion

Catalina Vicens

Trombone

Matthijs van der Moolen
Victor Belmonte
Yosuke Kurihara

Recorder

Emma Huijsser

Cornetto

Anna Schall
Marleen Leicher
Nicholas Emmerson

The Castello Consort in Rembrandt's Atelier in Het Rembrandthuis Amsterdam. Photo by Foppe Schut.