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Harpsichordist, conductor and composer Jörn Boysen was born in Lübeck, Germany, in 1976. After his studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck he went to the Netherlands where he studied with Tini Mathot and Ton Koopman at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As founder and director of Musica Poetica, guest conductor, soloist or continuo player, he regularly performs in Germany, the Netherlands and France.
He was invited to European festivals as the Festival Mitte Europa, Göttinger Händel Festspiele, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Itinéraire Baroque and the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek. Boysen worked with Alina Ibragimova, Lisa Ferschtman and regularly records and performs with Antoinette Lohmann (Furor Musicus).
Critics describe his harpsichord playing as „… affective…, dynamic…“ and „… of délicatesse…“.
Boysen conducted productions of the O.T. Opera Rotterdam (Orfeo Intermezzi, 2005) and the Utrechtse Spelen (Molière’s/Charpentier’s Imaginary Invalid, 2009 and 2011) for whose productions he has also composed music. In 2012 he was music director of Opéra Mosset in France. For that production he arranged J. Offenbach’s Belle Hélène for salon orchestra.
In addition, Boysen composed various orchestral, chamber and vocal works and music for harpsichord. His song cycle Schattenwind on texts from the eponymous collection of poems by German painter and writer Rainer Erhard Teubert has been premiered in March 2010 in Boysen’s home town Lübeck. For the Concert Series Oude Muziek Nieuw (Early Music New) he completed Bach’s St Mark Passion by composing all missing recitatives, turba-choirs and arias. The press wrote about this completion: “Finally a convincing alternative to all the other reconstructions. It is even a serious alternative to Bach’s own St John and St Matthew Passions.”
Boysen’s works have been performed by Musica Poetica, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, soloists of the Berlin Philharmonics and the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, amongst others.
Apart from his work as a performer, Boysen teaches at the Utrecht Conservatory. He is artistic director of concert organisation Musica Antica da Camera in The Hague.