Charles Brink, traverso

Charles Brink

Charles Brink has been a member of the Four Nations Ensemble since 2001 performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and the Boston early Music Festival.

His recording of Leclair flute sonatas, released in 2013 on Orchid Classics received unanimous critical acclaim. From 2006 to 2010 he lead The Grand Tour Orchestra, a period instrument ensemble dedicated to known and unknown masterpieces of mid-18 century music. Charles serves as dramaturg and musical assistant of the Bach Consort Wien. With a strong interest in music from the mid 18th century and a focus on the works of Jomelli, he has directed landmark performances in the influential Neapolitan’s music in America and Vienna.

Brink began his flute studies with Jacob Berg in his native St. Louis. He received his Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory and in 1993 Mr. Brink was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Festival. In 1995 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands where he earned certificates in both modern and historical flutes.

Since devoting himself solely to historical flutes in 1998, he has toured and recorded with his own Bouts Ensemble, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie and Les Nouveaux Caractères. In 2011 Charles Brink began studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien towards a PhD.

His recordings can be heard on West German Radio, Middle German Radio, Dutch Radio and Television, Austrian Radio and the EMI, Raumklang (Germany), Fuga Libera (Belgium) and Orchid Classics (London) labels.

Photo: David Rodgers Photography

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