Originally from the United States, Kristen Huebner now bases her musical life in the Netherlands and Europe. Kristen received her first Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis studying with Immanuel Davis. After hopping the pond to the Netherlands in 2009, she has since become an avid specialist on the baroque flute, holding both Bachelors and Masters Diplomas from the Utrecht Conservatory (BM) and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague (MM), where she studied with Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark. She has toured Europe with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman and has collaborated alongside members of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen. Her work with the Paris-based Ensemble Diderot, led by Johannes Pramsohler, has led to numerous appearances at festivals such as Musikfest Erzgebirge and the Bach Biennale Weimar. In addition Kristen appears on the ensemble’s 2016 CD recording of the Mondonville Trio Sonatas on Audax Records. Collaborations with several European historically informed ensembles have included performances at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta with Mahan Esfahani and La Folia Barockorchester.
Closer to home, Kristen plays first flute with Dutch Baroque under the direction of Gerard de Wit, with whom she appears on the 2017 CD recording of the Bach Triple Concerto. A passionate chamber musician dedicated to reviving pre-classical repertoire, Kristen is the co-founder of The Primary Sources alongside forte-pianist Lucie de Saint Vincent. Kristen’s research on Empfindsamkeit in the chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has been adapted into an article for the online journal Music & Practice, published in 2015. Alongside a busy performance schedule, Kristen also enjoys a bustling teaching practice in Utrecht, NL.
French pianist Lucie de Saint Vincent has enjoyed a bustling start to her career specializing in historical fortepiano performance practice. She is the recipient of the Premier Prix Musical 2013 of The Royaumont Foundation and the Swiss Ambassador to France. She completed her modern piano studies first in the conservatory in her hometown of Perpignan and later in Paris under Françoise Thinat and Denis Pascal. The pursuit of her Masters degree brought Lucie to the Netherlands in 2004 where she studied with Paolo Giacometti at the Utrecht Conservatory. Before her completion of the degree with Honors in 2008, Lucie was given the opportunity to spend one year studying at the Liszt Academy in Budapest with Professor Lantos. Having always been attracted to the authentic performance approach, Lucie decided to explore deeper in this field and began studying fortepiano with Bart van Oort at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she earned both Bachelors and Masters Diplomas in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Since 2007 Lucie participates regularly at the professional trainings of L’Abbaye de Royaumont in France which brought her to work with Pierre Goy, Aline Zylberajch and Menno van Delft. These sessions inspired her to discover, research and perform unknown French classical repertoire, which she now fervently tries to bring to light in her performances. Lucie de Saint Vincent gives regular concerts in Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an accompanist on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord and clavichord. Her performances have included regular recitals as part of the Festival Oudemuziek Utrecht (Fringe), Vredenburg Utrecht, the Bach Festival Dordrecht, Les Invalides in Paris, Le Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Geneva, L’Abbaye de Royaumont (Fr) and in the Bethanian Klooster in Amsterdam.
Gerda Marijs studeerde cello in Brussel en in Utrecht. In 2009 maakte ze kennis met de authentieke uitvoeringspraktijk en werd verliefd op de barokcello met zijn darmsnaren. Ze studeerde bij Viola de Hoog zowel moderne – als oude muziek en specialiseerde zich in kamermuziek, een studie die ze afrondde in 2012. Sindsdien was zij te horen in veel verschillende ensembles, zoals Ensemble Odyssee en The Primary Sources. Ze was te horen in producties van Opera Minora en speelt regelmatig in de Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht onder leiding van Johannes Leertouwer, waarmee ze onlangs de opera Don Giovanni speelde in een samenwerking met Holland Opera. Ze is mede-oprichter van de groep Krulmuziek, een ensemble dat klassieke concerten geeft in een muziektheatrale setting voor baby’s en jonge kinderen tot 6 jaar.