Historical Week

  • 23/01
  • 27/01

During Historical Week, you get a week-long look-behind-the-scenes at the department of Historical Performance Practice. Teachers will present as many as 12 modules consisting of lectures, masterclasses and more. During the week, you can also take a one-hour private masterclass from a teacher of your choice.

Sign up

Sign up for the Historical Week by sending an email to Ksenija Celner no later than Jan. 15: ksenija.celner@hku.nl. In it, tell what instrument you play and what your musical interests are. Costs for participating are € 80,-.

For whom?

Historical Week is for anyone from outside HKU Utrechts Conservatorium who would like to get an inside look at Historical Performance Practice. Advanced knowledge of a historical and/or classical instrument is a prerequisite for participation. You can watch and participate in all modules offered from Monday 23 to Friday 27 January. Historical Performance Practice students and Classical Music students who want to get acquainted with the historical version of their classical instrument also participate in the week.

Private main subject lesson

During the week, participants from outside HKU Utrechts Conservatorium have the opportunity to take a one-hour private main subject lesson from a teacher of their choice. A unique opportunity to have a one-to-one lesson at conservatoire level from a teacher who is an expert within his or her historical subject.

Main subject teachers are available on the following days:
- Historical violin/viola: Antoinette Lohmann (23 & 24 January)
- Gamba & violone: Joshua Cheatham (23 January)
- Harpsichord: Siebe Henstra (24 to 27 January)
- Recorder: Heiko ter Schegget (17 to 19 January)
- Historical flutes: Doretthe Janssens (23 & 24 January)
- Oboe: Daniel Lanthier (25 & 26 January)
- Historical pianos: Artem Belogurov (23 to 27 January)

Teachers of Historical Performance Practice give lectures, masterclasses and more for all instrumentalists throughout the week. Some of the se modules include: the reconstruction of Bach's Mark Passion, a lecture on Bach and his organ music, a masterclass on basso continuo and an introduction to the harpsichord and clavichord. For the full list of modules, see below.


  • For: singers, strings, clarinettists
    Teacher: Jörn Boyssen
    When: Mon 23 Jan 10.00-12.00 (lecture) & 12.00-17.30 (masterclass)
  • For: Pianists, string players, saxophonists, clarinettists, trumpeters
    Teacher: Jörn Boyssen
    When: Thu 26 Jan 10.00-12.00 (theory lecture) & 12.00-18.00 (practical part)
  • For: all participants, especially instrumentalists (strings, clarinettists, pianists, trumpeters, flutists) and composers
    Teacher: Jörn Boyssen
    When: Tue 24 Jan 10.00-13.00 (lecture) & 13.30-18.30 (masterclass)
  • For: singers, composers, clarinettists, pianists, trumpeters, flautists, strings
    Teacher: Jörn Boyssen
    When: Fri 27 Jan 10.00-14.00
  • For: pianists
    Teacher: Artem Belogurov
    When: Mon 23 to Fri 27 Jan from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

  • For: saxophonists, clarinettists, flautists, trumpeters
    Teacher: Daniel Lanthier
    When: Wed 25 & Thu 26 Jan from 10.30-14.30

  • For: pianists, composers
    Teacher: Reitze Smits
    When: Mon 23 & Tue 24 Jan from 13.30-18.00

  • For: pianists
    Teacher: Siebe Henstra
    When: Tue 24 & Wed 25 Jan 14:00-18:00

  • For: pianists
    Teacher: Siebe Henstra
    When: Wed 26 & Thu 27 Jan from 14.00-18.00

  • For: flute
    Teacher: Doretthe Janssens
    When: Mon 23 Jan 10.00-15.00

  • For: singers, strings, clarinettists, trumpeters, flutists
    Teacher: Heiko ter Schegget
    When: Wed 25 Jan 18.30-20.00

  • For: saxophonists, trumpet players, clarinettists
    Teacher: Doretthe Janssens
    When: Tue 24 Jan 10.00-15.00

On Monday 23 January from 6pm-7.30pm, Antoinette Lohmann will give a lecture on rhetoric, suitable for all participants.

Click here for an overview of all modules including repertoire


Are you planning to study Historical Performance Practice next year? Then apply for admission by February 1 at the latest. Applications received after 15 January can only be given a place based on availability. The practical admission will take place on Tuesday, 11 April 2023 on location. Please note that this date is subject to change! For more information on admission; see our website.


Do you have questions about participating? Please email Ksenija Celner: ksenija.celner@hku.nl.