Marcel Ponseele studied oboe and chamber music at the conservatories of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. He then embraced the baroque oboe and as from 1981 has played in many renowned baroque ensembles, including La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and La Chapelle Royale. Together with Philippe Herreweghe he laid the basis for the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées. Ponseele himself led the Harmonie des Champs-Elysées. He founded Il Gardellino together with Jan de Winne and Shalev Ad-El in 1988 and is the ensemble’s artistic director.
Ponseele enjoys an international reputation as a baroque specialist. He has performed and recorded an extensive number of works for oboe by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart and many others. With his brother Francis, he makes meticulous copies of old instruments that are regarded as references worldwide. Since 2014, Marcel Ponseele has taught historic oboe at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels since.