Frauke Elsen (°1988) got her first musical education at the age of 5. She was enthusiastic from the very beginning. At the age of 9, she started with oboe lessons, but this was not enough for her. Soon she also started with piano, viola and singing, and played in a lot of youth orchestras. In 2003, Frauke won the Vlamo national Belgian competition for young soloists. In 2006, she won two first prizes in the Dexia Classics contest: oboe and chamber music (oboe trio).
In 2006, Frauke went to study with Eric Speller at the Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie (IMEP - Namur). She took a lot of masterclasses abroad, with Stefan Schilli, François Leleux, Ingo Goritzki, Washington Barella, Emanuel Abbühl, Christian Wetzel, Jean-Louis Capezzali … In 2010-2011 she was oboe solo in the Antwerp Orchestral Academy (Jaap van Zweden – Philippe Herreweghe).
In 2011, Frauke graduated from the IMEP summa cum laude. In april 2011, she won the first prize at the national selections of the Lions European Musical Competition, so she represented Belgium on the international contest of the Lions Europaforum in Maastricht. She got the second prize! In 2012, she got another second prize in the Belgian competition New Tenuto, where she performed the oboe concerto of Mozart with the Orkest der Lage Landen.
Frauke continued her studies at Codarts Rotterdam with Maarten Dekkers and Aisling Casey. She joined the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Frauke performed a lot of solo concertos with orchestra: Mozart, Vaughan-Williams, Ferrer Ferran, Lebrun, and she recreated after more than 100 years the forgotten oboe concerto by Clémence de Grandval. She is a regular guest at professional symphony orchestras in Belgium and abroad. Invitations include solo oboist concerts with the National Orchestra of Belgium and as accompaniment to the Queen Elisabeth Competition with the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie. Through this orchestral work she has shared the stage with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Isabelle Faust, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pablo Heras-Cassado, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Matthias Pintscher ... in halls such as the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), the Philharmonie of Cologne, the Philharmonie of Luxembourg, the KKL in Lucerne, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam ...
Frauke also specialized in historical instruments. In June 2019 she obtained her Masters Degree in Baroque oboe at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Marcel Ponseele. As a baroque oboist, she regularly plays with BachPlus, Il Gardellino and Organum Alden Biesen.
In addition to her career as an oboist, Frauke is also active as a singer. She obtained her Master's degree in classical singing at the Lemmens Institute (Leuven) in June 2018, in the class of Catherine Vandevelde. Her graduation projects (B. Bartoks Bluebeard’s Castle (Judit), R. Wagners Wesendoncklieder and S. Gubaidulina’s Galgenlieder) were awarded the highest distinction and honored by the jury.
Frauke has been invited several times to sing solo with orchestra: in works by Wagner and Gomes, the St Matthew Passion by Bach, the Paulus Oratorio by Mendelssohn, the Requiem by Mozart, the 9th symphony by Beethoven and the Messiah by Haendel. She regularly sings with BachPlus and is a member of the vocal octet Ottovocale. She attended master classes with, among others, Maarten Koningsberger, Henriette Witteveen, Rosemary Joshuo and Audrey Hyland.
Copyright Triotique, juni 2019