“A strong interest in early music, paralleled with a steadily growing contemporary repertoire, has given the recorder a completely different dimension over the last 50 years. The international image of both styles, in combination with a real professionalism in pedagogical fields, have challenged aspiring recorder players ever since. This period of development has seen the recorder (blockflute) programmed as a solo and chamber instrument in specialized contemporary festivals all over the world. It is a recognized and appealing instrument for composers of all styles, not only because of the wide range of instrument-types, but mainly because of the great abilities and flexibility of the professional player.
Insight into this enormous variety of literature, supported by solid and profound background information, and above all, a highly professional instrumental education, is what the so-called BLOK system offers to serious and motivated recorder students. Besides further digging into historical and traditional subjects, a thorough exploration of contemporary literature and techniques is of major importance.
The BLOK (block) was founded in the 70's by Walter van Hauwe and Kees Boeke and has become a conception for numerous recorder players around the world. From the very beginning the BLOK attracted students from all over the world and it typically contains about 10 nationalities every year. Having studied in Amsterdam seems for many students to be a guarantee for becoming recognized professionals, and many of them have since managed a good and satisfying living as professional and successful recorder players.“
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