Frank Theuns

Category:muzikant, docent, solist
Instrument(s):traverso, dwarsfluit
Actual/previous member of:Les Buffardins, Ensemble Explorations


Frank Theuns studied recorder, transverse flute and traverso at the conservatory of Brussels. His teacher was Barthold Kuijken, with whom he shares a great enthusiasm for historically informed performance and period instruments. He has been playing with the most important Belgian and French baroque orchestras, among them Il Fondamento, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert des Nations, La Petite Bande, and the Collegium Vocale. With harpsichordist Ewald Demeyere and viola da gamba player Martin Bauer he founded the ensemble Il Trionfo del Suono, a group specialised in baroque music and music from the classicist period. After some years this ensemble was renamed Les Buffardins with a view to exploring baroque music.

With his ensemble Les Buffardins he has recorded a representative selection of the flute repertoire (Handel, Sammartini, Kirnberger, Quantz, Hotteterre, Montéclair, Boismortier, Blavet) for Accent. in 2006, he recorded the Concerto for Flute and Harp by W. A. Mozart with Anima Eterna Brugge under Jos van immerseel for the Zig-Zag Territoires label. This disc received many prizes in the musical press (e. g. the Diapason d’Or).

Passionate about original flutes, he has let himself be seduced as much by the extraordinarily different timbres as by the delightful small imperfections in the old flutes, apparent when applying the appropriate technique for each instrument. Over the past decade he has collaborated closely with the instrument maker Andreas Glatt as a ‘taster’ of flutes. He shares with him the same point of view regarding an ‘anti-dull’ authenticity, as much for the making of the flute as for the method of playing it.

Since 1989 he has taught Baroque transverse flute at the ’Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel’. He is regularly invited to give courses on performance : Esmuc Barcelona, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, ‘Internationale Händel-Akademie’ Karlsruhe, International Flutesymposium Atlanta etc. Currently he is flautist in the orchestras Anima Aeterna Brugge and La Petite Bande .

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 (...)
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Symphonies, Concertos, SonatasMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Symphonies, Concertos, Sonatas (2013)
Anima Eterna Brugge, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jos van Immerseel, Jane Gower, Yoko Kaneko, Jos van Immerseel, Marjan de Haer, Frank Theuns (...)
J.J. Quantz -  Flute ConcertosJ.J. Quantz - Flute Concertos (2012)
Les Buffardins, Johann Joachim Quantz, Frank Theuns
Bach Johann Sebastian - Mis in si kleinBach Johann Sebastian - Mis in si klein (2009)
La Petite Bande, Jan Van der Crabben, Ewald Demeyere, Frank Theuns, Koen Plaetinck, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
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
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - KonzerteMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Konzerte (2006)
Frank Theuns, Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna Brugge, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jos van Immerseel
Les RamagesLes Ramages (2005)
Robert Kohnen, Frank Theuns, Martin Bauer, Michel Pignolet de Monteclair
L'insinuante - Flute Music by Michel BlavetL'insinuante - Flute Music by Michel Blavet (2004)
Frank Theuns, Ewald Demeyere, Wim Maeseele, Marc Hantaï, Martin Bauer, Michel Blavet
Hotteterre Jacques Martin - Les heureux momentsHotteterre Jacques Martin - Les heureux moments (2003)
Frank Theuns, Marc Hantaï, Martin Bauer, Ewald Demeyere, Jacques Hotteterre

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

A guide to period instrumentsA guide to period instruments (2010)
Baroque, romanticism, early music
Diverse uitvoerders
Sonatas for a German fluteSonatas for a German flute (2008)
Les Buffardins, Giuseppe Sammartini, Georg Friedrich Händel
Cara Klara 3Cara Klara 3 (2006)
20th century, romanticism, classicism, Baroque, early music, opera
Diverse uitvoerders, Diverse componisten
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don GiovanniMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don Giovanni (2006)
Werner van Mechelen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Huub Claessens, Elena Vink, Markus Schäfer, Nancy Argenta, Nanco De Vries, Christina Högman (...)
Accents of BaroqueAccents of Baroque (2004)
Barthold Kuijken, Marcel Ponseele, Christoph Graupner, Il Gardellino, Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Fey, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ensemble La Passione (...)
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don GiovanniMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don Giovanni (1997)
Werner van Mechelen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Huub Claessens, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elena Vink, Markus Schäfer, Nancy Argenta, Nanco De Vries (...)
Harmonie und JanitscharenmusikHarmonie und Janitscharenmusik (1988)
Octophoros, Louis Spohr, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Antonio Rosetti, Paul Dombrecht