The repertoire for the course is: Solo music for Viola da Gamba with or without Basso continuo
from the 16th to the 18th century, such as Marais, Forqueray, Telemann, Bach, Schenk, Snep,
Simpson, Hume & ct
Musician, gamba-player, has played music as long as she can think. For her, music is the foremost means of communication between human beings, more precise, intense and unmistakable than language, of greater emotional significance than any other experience besides love. To her, music is a means of connecting not only the past and the future but also a way of socially integrating the most conflicting aspects of existence.
She travels the world, playing concerts and recording CDs with different groups or soloizing, or
with her main musical partner, the lutenist and composer Lee Santana, but also with her viol consort SIRIUS VIOLS. With this group she recorded a CD with works by John Dowland and a CD of 17th Century Italian compositions for viol consort They mostly perform in the field of 17th and 18th century music, but they also let the music take them to places they never even dreamed of. The CD SiXXes is an example of this, the consort recorded exclusively 20th century music by American composers.
She enjoys to play concerts together with her daughter Marthe Perl, who is a gambist as well.
Together they made the CD-projects ‘ELEMENTS’ and ‘Born to be mild’ where they venture into the world of electrified gambas and cross a few musical genres, ranging from medieval music to jazz.
Hille Perl records for SONY and has published many solo recordings, amongst others three CDs
with compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, two CDs with works of the great gambist Marin
Marais, several recordings with concertoes for viola da gamba with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Telemann, Graun, Pfeiffer & others).
She is a specialist for the gamba-arias in the Passions by Johann Sebastian Bach and has performed them with many notable Directors, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Helmut Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki and Ton Koopman.
When she is not travelling she lives on a farm in northern Germany with her husband and and a few chickens, geese, sheep, three cats and two dogs. She enjoys to grow a lot of vegetables or pick
mushrooms in the woods around her house. She passionately teaches her students at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, everything she knows about music, playing the gamba, and how not to be jealous if someone plays better than you.
People of the world: relax