Georges BarthelGeorges Barthel started his musical training at the age of eight, and studied both modern and Baroque flute at the Conservatoire National de Région in Strasbourg. He subsequently decided to focus on historical performance practice, specialising in early flutes (Renaissance to Romantic) at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Barthold Kuijken and his assistants, Frank Theuns and Marc Hantaï, where he completed his studies with the highest distinction in 2004. Whilst still a student, he won both the fourth prize and the audience prize in the 2002 'Musica Antiqua' international competition in Bruges, Belgium.

He has played in numerous major European and Japanese festivals with several renowned ensembles: La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel), Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot), Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht), Les Agrémens (Guy van Waas), Ausonia (Frédérick Haas & Mira Glodeanu), Das Neue Orchester (Christoph Spering), Collegium Cartusianum (Peter Neumann), La Chambre Philharmonique (Emmanuel Krivine), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), Arte dei Suonatori, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (Thomas Hengelbrock), Holland Baroque Society and Le Cercle de l'Harmonie (Jérémie Rohrer).

He has recorded with the Ricercar Consort (J. S. Bach on Mirare) and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under René Jacobs (Mozart's 'Magic Flute' on Harmonia Mundi), and has also participated on recordings with La Chambre Philharmonique (symphonies by Mendelssohn and Beethoven on Naïve) and Anima Eterna (works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Beethoven and Berlioz on Zig-Zag Territoires).

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