Kees Boeke was born in 1950 in Amsterdam. He studied recorder with Frans Brüggen and cello with Anner Bijlsma at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After graduating with honours in 1969, he founded the Quadro Hotteterre. He was also a member of Kees Otten’s Syntagma Musicum for many years and a cofounder of Sour Cream (1972), Little Consort Amsterdam (1978), and Mala Punica (1989).
In 1970, Kees Boeke began his teaching activities in The Hague and at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Since 1990, he has been Professor of Recorder and Early Music at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, Germany. In 2005, he was named full professor of Medieval and Renaissance Music studies at the Institut für Alte Musik in Trossingen. He has given seminars and master classes in recorder and early music around the world including the Deller Academy (Lacoste, France 1972-1982), Corsi Internazionali di Musica Antica (Urbino, Italy 1975-1982), Early Music Festival, Vancouver and has been artistic director of the International Early Music courses at San Floriano (Polcenigo, Italy 1983-1993). From 1989 on, he collaborated with the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, for whom he produced Ludovico da Viadana’s monumental Vespers (Salmi a 4 cori, 1612) in 1994. In recent years, he has given regular seminars in medieval music at the Scuola civica di Milano as well as courses for international early music festivals in Gijon, Spain, and Antwerpen, Belgium.
In 1996, Kees Boeke began his work as musical director for the ensemble Cantica Symphonia with whom he has made recordings of Costanzo Festa and Guillaume Dufay. He has been invited as guest conductor by the vocal and instrumental ensemble “L’Homme Armé” in Florence and by the ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen for concerts in Holland, Belgium and Denmark. Over the years, he has collaborated with the Hilliard Ensemble in concerts and recordings of the music of Heinrich Isaac, Orlando di Lasso, and Philippe de Monte.
Kees Boeke has now recorded over 60 records and CD’s for Teldec, Das Alte Werk, EMI, RCA, Nuova Era, Channel Classics, Arcana, Symphonia, Attacca, Erato, Philips, Stradivarius, Glossa, and Mirare.
In the realm of contemporary music, Kees Boeke forms an electronic recorder duo, Duix, with Antonio Politano. The ensemble specializes in performance on bass recorders, with emphasis on new music by Italian composers. Kees Boeke is himself an active composer (Donemus, Amsterdam, Sheetmusicnow.com ) and editor of early and contemporary music (Zen-On, Tokyo; Schott, London). Recently Duix performed at the Villa Medici in Rome, Santa Maria della Grazia in Milan, the Ysbreker Festival in Amsterdam, and the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels.
Kees Boeke lives in Tuscany where he produces extra virgin olive oil and wine.