Dear music lovers,

It is a great honor to welcome harpsichordist Marieke Spaans back to the Musikstudio.

This concert is dedicated to the theme of “home” in a musical context. What is home? Where can it be located? In France, Italy or in Germany? Or is it even lost? Where is the musical home? Marieke Spaans opens up space for these questions in a discourse between the composers J. P. Sweelinck, T. Tomkins, J. J. Froberger, L. Couperin, G. Muffat and J. S. Bach.


“Early music is not only of historical and museum value, but is also of great social and educational importance today. After all, it is the language of our shared European history. For this reason alone, it has an important function for understanding the here and now. I believe that you only know who you are if you know where you come from.”
Marieke Spaans

Marieke Spaans (Amsterdam, *1972) is one of the most renowned harpsichordists of her generation. Her playing is characterized by combining maximum musical expression and dialogue in the music with a thorough knowledge of the “practice of early music”. This results in a sparkling concert experience, full of spontaneity and lived passion, inspired by a boundless passion for the music of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Marieke Spaans is one of the few harpsichordists who had the opportunity to study with Gustav Leonhardt for five years. As the last student of the grand master, she feels connected to a musical tradition in which historical awareness and respect for the composer, dynamic playing and a differentiated ‘touch’ are central. She also received important impulses from Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and Jesper Christensen. At the same time, she studied organ and church music with Hans van Nieuwkoop and Wolfgang Zerer and attended masterclasses with Luigi Tagliavini and Michael Radulescu. She also received a scholarship from the organization “Fund for Podium Arts Netherlands” to study fortepiano with Arthur Schoonderwoerd.

In 1997 she won 2nd prize in the NDR harpsichord competition in Hamburg, and in 2000 she was a prizewinner in the “Musica Antiqua” competition at the Flanders Festival in Bruges and the “Premio Bonporti” in Rovereto.

She works as a freelance soloist and chamber musician at home and abroad, at festivals and in concert series, for radio, TV and the Internet. Her recording with the baroque violinist Anton Steck of Mozart’s Opus 1 on an original tangent grand piano was repeatedly praised by the international specialist press as a “crowning gleaning of the Mozart year” (Hessischer Rundfunk) and as “an absolute discographic highlight” ( In 2014 her contribution to Harry van der Kamp’s ‘Sweelinck Monument’ was released – a recording of all works for keyboard instruments by J.P. Sweelinck on historical instruments, including those of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg (Glossa). Her recording of the concertos for 3 and 4 harpsichords by J.S.Bach, together with Trevor Pinnock and Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Concerto Copenhagen was released by CPO in 2015.

In 2004 Marieke Spaans was appointed Professor of Historical Keyboard Instruments at the Institute for Early Music at the State University of Music Trossingen. She previously taught at the conservatories in Amsterdam (1994-2000) and Rotterdam (1997-2000). From summer 2016 until spring 2019 she was head of the Institute for Early Music Trossingen. From April 2019 to April 2021, she was Vice-Rector for Artistic Practice at the St. Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen. She is currently back in the management of the Institute for Performance Practice (formerly the Institute for Early Music). Since spring 2022, she has been the spokesperson for Section 4 (keyboard, accordion, guitar).

Marieke Spaans regularly gives courses and concerts throughout Europe.

Saturday, 23 March 2024

17:00 h

Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


Admission: 30,- €

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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1561-1621)
Chromatic Fantasy, SwWV 258

Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
Sad Pavan for these distracted times (1649)

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667)
Suite XXX: Plainte fait à Londres pour passer la mélancholie (1656)
Courante – Sarabande – Gigue

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Pavane (F sharp minor)

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
Passacaglia in G minor


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Cappriccio sopra la lontananza dell suo fratello, BWV 992

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903

We’re looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué

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