Nathalie HOUTMAN followed a double course in piano and recorder: she obtained a first prize in piano at the Mons conservatory and also graduated with the highest distinction in recorder at the Royal Brussels Conservatory in Frédéric's class of Roos. She studied a year in Amsterdam with Walter Van Hauwe, before heading to The Hague where she obtained her Master of Music. She performed with Pastorella with whom she records the concertos grosso de Corelli, with the Les Muffati ensemble, the More Maiorum ensemble, the Alba Novella ensemble, the Laterna Magica ensemble (recording of the CD Exercitium as well as CD Opera Minima, Handel with care), the Sirocco ensemble (recording of the CD Pedrini) and again within the Apsara ensemble in a repertoire of contemporary music.
Her interest in extra European music of oral traditions led her to India with the Indian flute master Harsh Wardhan to study the Bansuri (Indian flute), in Paris with Sozan Shiaki Karya for the Shakuhachi flute (Japanese flute) as well as with François Picard for the xiao (Chinese flute).
She is the 2007 laureate of the Belgian Vocation Foundation as well as the Bonporti international competition with the Sirocco ensemble
Nathalie Houtman is an assistant to Frédéric de Roos at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
His interest in sound, dance, voice and their therapeutic functions led him to follow the Peter Hess, Benezon, Tama-do training.
Laura Pok was born in 1976. In 1994, she entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she obtained the first prizes for harmony, counterpoint and history of music with distinction, as well as the higher diplomas in recorder (class by Frédéric de Roos), music theory and chamber music (class by Guy Van Waas, Royal Conservatory of Mons), all three with great distinction. Laura Pok performs and records with numerous ensembles (the Muffatti, the Cetra d ' Orfeo, La Chapelle des Minimes, La Lettera amorosa, Sferarte, les Agrémens, Scherzi Musicali, Alba Novella Brussels Consort, Ensemble 21…). She has also performed as a soloist with the Walloon Chamber Orchestra, the Pastorella, the Chapelle de Tournai, the Brussels Orchestral Ensemble, Il Gardellino, Desafinado… She has given numerous concerts in Europe, America and Asia, as well as masterclasses. His discography includes Incipit, recorded in duet with the organist Cindy Castillo at the organ of Maredsous and Exercitium, transcriptions of Bach works and Opera Minima, Handel with care with the Laterna Magica ensemble.
Laura Pok teaches the recorder in a music academy, as well as the reading-transposition and the consort of recorders at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She devotes her spare time to viola da gamba and cooking and is also licensed in law. She obtained a first prize in the Axion Classics competition.
Bernard WOLTÈCHE comes from a family of musicians. He first began studying law and then turned to music. He began his apprenticeship in the family group. His experience ranges from early music (collaboration with the Ricercar Academy, the Paul Dombrecht Consort, Il Fondamento, Capella Amsterdam, Ricercar Consort, Pastorella, Agremens ...) to contemporary music (concerts and recordings with the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle), with emphasis on small groups as well as vocal music.
Since 1994, Bernard is the first cello of the Collegium ad Mosam ensemble, based in the Netherlands, which explores the vocal repertoire of the Baroque period. In May 2000, he toured Japan as part of the Bach Year. Since 1998, he has been a lecturer in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, in the class of Alain De Rijckere.
It is within this framework that he created the Baroque Music Studio, based on the interpretation of the cantatas of Bach, which has already performed numerous concerts. This same ensemble was invited to perform in Graz (Austria) in October 2003 in a program of cantatas by Bach and Messiah by Händel.
Raphaël COLLIGNON was born in 1979. After the first piano prize he obtained at the Paris Conservatory (CNR), his interest in keyboard improvisation in all its forms led him to study successively in Conservatories of Strasbourg, The Hague, Amsterdam and Brussels, where he won his first prizes in piano, chamber music, harpsichord, basso continuo, and jazz-improvised music.
He performs and participates in several recordings within the Philharmonic Orchestras of Strasbourg and Liège, the Concert d'Astrée, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the baroque orchestra "Harmony of Nations", the ensemble "Laterna Magica", "the Inventions", the "Musicians of Saint-Julien".
He was selected to give several series of concerts across Europe within the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO 2004, 2006 and 2009). He collaborated with the greatest of the current baroque scene (Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Chiara
Banchini, Christophe Coin, Emmanuelle Haïm, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Alfredo, Andrew Manze, François-Xavier Roth), as well as several times with live performances (dance, theater, cinema). Holder of the aggregation, Raphaël now teaches improvisation.