Biography

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Benoit Laurent studied recorder, modern oboe and baroque oboe in Belgium (with F. de Roos, P. Dombrecht, A. Vanlancker and S. Cremers), then he studied the baroque oboe in Germany with M. Niesemann
In 2008 he got a second prize at the prestigious competition for early music « Musica Antiqua » in Bruges, in the category soloist.

Benoît gives concerts in many countries in orchestra and chamber music with some of the best ensemble on period instrument (Vox Luminis, Balthasar Neumann, O [h] !, Les Passions de l’âme, Anima Eterna, Concerto Köln, Capella Cracoviensis, Australian Chamber Orchestra). He has played concerto as soloist with many orchestras (Concerto Köln, Anima Eterna, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, la Stagione Frankfurt, Basel Kammer Orchester, Zürcher Kammerorchester, les Agremens, les Muffatti…).

He recorded two G. Sammartini concerti for oboe with les Muffatti for the label Ramée (2011), Lebrun’s C-maj Oboe Concerto with les Agremens (2011) and with his own ensemble Lingua Franca an german oboe band music cd for the label Ricercar (2010) a solo recital with german sonatas (2012), Bach’s Oboe and Violin Concerto with Kammerorchester Basel for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (2014), english repertoire for Baroque oboe (Mr. Handel’s Musicians, 2018) and his last recording focus on music in Venice around 1726 (The 1750 Project, Serenissima, 2021).

Benoît presented a PhD thesis on Giuseppe Sammartini’s repertoire for wind instruments in 2020.
He teaches baroque oboe and historical improvisation at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.