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Alice Foccroulle

Ph credits Tom-Roelofs

Where were you born? In Brussels.

Where do you live? In Brussels.

What is your favorite instrument? I can’t choose just one! The organ, the cornett, and the viola da gamba.

What repertoire do you play? Primarily music from the 16th and 17th centuries, but I also enjoy delving into medieval music, Classicism, and contemporary music.

What repertoire do you not play at all? Late Romantic and early 20th century.

Why did you start playing music? I was born into a family of musicians, and I’ve always wanted to sing…

What music did you listen to in your childhood? Very different things ranging from ancient music to Whitney Houston and Céline Dion, and then in adolescence Radiohead, the Cure, Sigur Ros…

What was your first record? Cavalli’s La Calisto, a live recording of the production at La Monnaie, conducted by René Jacobs.

In which musical period would you like to live? The Italian Renaissance.

Where can we find you when you’re not making music? In nature, in the forest, in the mountains, or by the ocean.

Where did you study? At the Conservatoire of Cologne (DE) and with the Danish pedagogue Susanna Eken.

Who is your favorite composer? If I had to choose just one, it would probably be JS Bach.

What was your first recording? “Ich will schweigen,” with the ensemble InAlto.

Which composer would you like the public to (re)discover? Matthias Weckmann.

What is your favorite Passacaille recording? “Schütz & his Legacy” with ensemble InAlto.

What is your favorite Passacaille recording with other artists? “Leuven Chansonnier” by Sollazzo and “Early Modern English Music” by Tasto Solo.

With whom do you dream of recording? Bjork.

Where do you dream of making a recording? Santa Barbara, Mantova.

Which work have you never recorded but would like to record? Membra Jesu Nostri by Buxtehude.

What do you do before a concert? Stretching and vocal and physical warm-up.

What do you do after a concert? I relax and have a drink with colleagues!

What would you do if you weren’t a musician? I would probably run a café-bookstore or a wine bar in a pretty village.