{Stefaan Verdegem}

Stefaan Verdegem is a researcher and cor anglais teacher at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. Being an all-round musician, for several years he has combined a freelance career as a baroque oboist with a job as cor anglais soloist in the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra. With this orchestra he has toured throughout Europe, and made many recordings.

For the last 20 years he has focussed mainly on historical instruments. He is a regular member of B’Rock orchestra, Il Gardellino, l’Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Anima Eterna, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Concerto Köln and La Chambre Philharmonique. With these ensembles he has performed on the five continents, and has made many recordings for the Harmonia Mundi, Ricercar, Zig-Zag Territoires, Accent and Passacaille labels.

Being a specialist of the nineteenth-century cor anglais, Stefaan Verdegem has performed and recorded much of its orchestral repertoire on period instruments, ranging from Rossini to Poulenc. At the same time he lectures regularly about the nineteenth-century oboe, and has published articles in The Galpin Society Journal, The Grove Music Encyclopedia Online, The Double Reed and Rohrblatt. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Darche’ prize for his research activities.