The Brussels Virtuosi
This international ensemble was founded in 1981 on the initiative of flutist Marc Grauwels. Its first concert took place on the occasion of the opening of the International Music Festival of the city of Brussels in 1981.
The criticism was unanimous in welcoming the event and in its praise of the high qualities of the ensemble. Let us pin up simply this phrase cited in the press of the day:
“The Brussels Virtuosi is a name the music lovers should keep in mind from now onwards…”
When the idea sprang to his mind to create a formation for performing chamber music seldom played, Marc Grauwels conceived of the new ensemble as of variegated composion. The newly created group should have the leeway to perform now as a trio, now as a quartet with flute, now as a proper ” Chamber Orchestra Ensemble “. Its name ” The Brussels Virtuosi ” is rooted in the idea to play ” Brilliant Fantasies ” of the nineteenth century. This type of music allows each instrument to play solo as well as embossing in due circumstances each individual instrument, highlighting its several qualities.
All along these past 25 years , Marc Grauwels has travelled the whole world playing with soloists of outstanding reputation: Susanna Mildonian, Nino Rota, Dalia Ouziel, Véronique Bogaerts, Luc Dewez, Marie Hallynck, Astor Piazolla, Claude Bolling, Daniël Blumenthal, David Llvely, Yves Storms, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Ulysse Waterlot, Alexandre Lagoya, Joris Van den Hauwe, Michel Lethiec…
The ” Brussels Virtuosi ” have participated in countless international Festivals such as: the Festival of Wallonia, of Flanders, of Hong Kong, of Ravello, of Seoul, of Tokyo…The orchestra regularly tours in Spain, in Germany, France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Untied States, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg , Canada, Mexico, Venezuela,…
The “Brussels Virtuosi” ensemble has recorded an impressive amount of CDs, one of which was awarded the ” Disk Prize ” edited by Hyperion and which was consecrated to the chamber music with flute by Mozart. This CD comprises amongst others the gorgeous adagio and rondo K 617 with musical glasses. This programme with Thomas Bloch at the musical glasses is part of the numerous original programmes of the repertory leaving aside trodden paths.