Sofie Vanden Eynde, Theorbo and artistic direction
Sofie Vanden Eynde was born in Lommel, Belgium. She studied guitar from an early age and her interest in the poetic music of the Renaissance and Baroque led her to study lute and theorbo. She studied with Philippe Malfeyt at the Ghent Conservatory and graduated with honours in 2002. She then embarked on further studies with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum in Basel.
Sofie has gained an international reputation as a specialist in historical plucked instruments. She regularly performs with ensembles including the Hathor Consort, Neue Hofkapelle Graz, l’Achéron, Il Fondamento, BachPlus, and Apotheosis. As a duo, she has played with Romina Lischka, Thomas Hobbs, Emma Kirkby, and Lore Binon. Together with the soprano Rebecca Ockenden, Sofie explores and performs the rich repertoire of the lute-song.
In 2012, Sofie set up Imago Mundi, an ensemble which aims to foster encounters between different branches of the arts and kinds of music: eastern and western, old and new. DIVINE MADNESS, their first production, enjoyed national and international acclaim. The group’s current project explores the enduring fascination of Mary Stuart in the chamber opera “In my end is my beginning”.
The festivals that Sofie has recently performed in include Regensburger Tage der Alte Musik, Midis Minimes, Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen, Netwerk Oude Muziek, Händel Festival, BOZAR, AMUZ, Concertgebouw Brugge, Auditori Barcelona, Kölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Konzerthaus Wien, l’Eté de Mosan, Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, Valloire Baroque, Grachtenfestival, de Bijloke, Bratislava Early Music, Meerstemmig Gent, Gentse Feesten, Feldkirchen Alte Musik, C-Mine, Opéra de Lille, KlaraFestival, Alte Musik Köln, Valletta Baroque, Styriarte, Zomer van Sint-Pieter, Kasteelconcerten, … She has recorded for RAMEE, CORO, Phaedra, CYPRES, Aeolus, Fuga Libera, Paraty, Ricercar and K617.
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