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Catching Up With Baroque Musician Barthold Kuijken

Kuijken talks about his role as artistic director of Indy Baroque and his approach to music making. He also shares memories of Gustav Leonhardt.

Bart Kuijken and Wendy Gillespie in the atrium of the IU Art Museum.

Earlier this spring, I had the chance to sit down and catch up with Bart Kuijken, artistic director of Indianapolis Baroque and virtuoso player of the baroque flute.

Kuijken was in Bloomington, Indiana, during February 2012 to judge a concerto competition sponsored by the Early Music Institute and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

Our conversation ranges from Kuijken’s role as artistic director of Indy Baroque, to his pursuit of a doctoral degree in music and his approach to music making.  He also shares memories and thoughts about the late Gustav Leonhardt.

Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie, Director of the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, is Professor Emerita of Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Past President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. In 2011 she was awarded Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award, and in 2012 a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award. She continues to enjoy her career as a performing musician, having made more than 100 recordings and performed on five continents. Wendy began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

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