The Belgian oboist and conductor Marcel Ponseele, studied modern oboe and chamber music at the conservatories of Bruges, Brussels and Ghent. After his graduation, he began to study the Baroque oboe.
In 1981 he won a prize at the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges. At the same time he played regularly with several Baroque orchestras, such as La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and La Chapelle Royale. He is a founding member of the Orchestra des Champs-Elysées. He regularly played with Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, and Masaaki Suzuki. In addition, he directs l’Harmonie des Champs-Elysées, another Baroque-performing group, with which he has given numerous concerts and made recordings. Together with Jan de Winne he founded the Baroque ensemble Il Gardellino in 1988, of which he's the artistic director.
Marcel Ponseele is internationally known as Baroque specialist, and is often invited as a soloist. He performed and recorded most of the oboe repertoire by Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart. He also focuses on chamber music.
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