Les Buffardins

Category:ensemble (instrumentaal), oude muziek
Conductor of:Frank Theuns
Actual/previous members:Frank Theuns, Marc Hantaï, Martin Bauer, Ewald Demeyere, Anne Mertens, Robert Kohnen, Richte van der Meer, François Fernandez, Blai Justo, Wim Maeseele


La flûte traversière (traverso) or la flute allemande (German flute) was the most popular instrument in France during the 18th century. The famous flute virtuoso Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin (1690-1768), teacher of both Johann Jacob Bach and of Joachim Quantz, spent a large part of his career in Dresden. In this way he provided a link between Jacques Hotteterre and J.S.Bach. Therefore Les Buffardins is a very apt name for an ensemble that applies itself mostly to French and German flute music. Traverso player Frank Theuns founded the ensemble and can count on harpsichordist Siebe Henstra and gamba player Martin Bauer as steady partners. Depending on the programme, musicians belonging to the same family of mind such as François Fernandez, Marc Hantaï, Ewald Demeyere or Rainer Zipperling join them. Their repertoire features flute duos, flute sonatas, flute suites with basso continuo, brunettes, concertos and cantatas. Les Buffardins have released seven CDs, with compositions by, among others, J.P.  Kirnberger, J. Hotteterre, M. Blavet, M.P. de Montéclair, J.B. de Boismortier, G.F. Händel, and G.B. Sammartini.

Selective discography

Venetian flute concertosVenetian flute concertos (2018)
Frank Theuns, Antonio Vivaldi, Les Buffardins, Baldassare Galuppi, Tomaso Albinoni
French flute concertosFrench flute concertos (2015)
Les Buffardins, Frank Theuns, Jean-Marie Leclair (l'ainé), Michel Blavet, Michel Corrette, Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin, Jacques-Christophe Naudot, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (...)
J.J. Quantz -  Flute ConcertosJ.J. Quantz - Flute Concertos (2012)
Les Buffardins, Johann Joachim Quantz, Frank Theuns
Solos for a German FluteSolos for a German Flute (2008)
Les Buffardins, Frank Theuns, Martin Bauer, Siebe Henstra, Charles Dieupart, Charles Dieupart, Georg Friedrich Händel
Sonatas for a German fluteSonatas for a German flute (2008)
Les Buffardins, Giuseppe Sammartini, Georg Friedrich Händel
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier - La VeloutéeJoseph Bodin de Boismortier - La Veloutée (2006)
Les Buffardins, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Michel Pignolet de Monteclair - Les RamagesMichel Pignolet de Monteclair - Les Ramages (2005)
Les Buffardins, Michel Pignolet de Monteclair