Kate Van Orden


Kate van Orden, baroque and classical bassoonist, studied modern bassoon at Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and baroque bassoon at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, beginning her performing and recording career on period instruments with European ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, La Chapelle Royale, and the Orchestra of the Renaissance. You can hear her performances on over sixty recordings on Sony, Virgin Classics, Glossa, and Harmonia Mundi with ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, and Collegium Vocale Ghent. She also studies the French and Italian Renaissance and is the Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music at Harvard University.

Her prize-winning publications include Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France (2005), Materialities: Books, Readers, and the Chanson in Sixteenth-Century Europe (2015), and article in Renaissance Quarterly and Early Music History. In 2016 she was awarded a French Medaille d’Honneur.