The Dutch clarinettist Fie Schouten is an Amsterdam based specialist in the performance of new music with a preference for playing on the low clarinets. Schouten can be heard extensively as a soloist and with her own ensembles. She has had around 100 pieces written for her, which she has premiered in various formations. Fie Schouten is Artistic Director of a bass clarinet festival titled ‘Basklarinet Festijn’ with a fourth edition in 2020.
In 2019 Fie Schouten received 1st Nieuw Geneco (composers association) Fair Practice Compositioncommission Award for her impact on the musicscene in the Netherlands, an inspiration for many and with attention for Fair Practice. She produced six CD’s. The latest one is called Nature (2020) with chambermusic for (bass) clarinet. In 2015 Dutch Donemus Publishing published her album of bass clarinet miniatures.
Schouten is Professor of Bass Clarinet/Contemporary music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen. Since 2008 she has been one of the Stockhausen-soloists performing many works by Karlheinz Stockhausen with renowned ensembles. She studied clarinet and bass clarinet at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and cites Harry Sparnaay as her most important teacher.
Quotes (from 2018, – CD reviews and concert reviews):
“Great sound, such richness and flexibility. The quality is very alive and free.”
“Schouten’s interpretations are spot-on in a wide range of playing techniques … the most versatile clarinet player in the Netherlands. “
“This album (Chambery, 2018) is truly outstanding and represents bass clarinet playing and chamber music at the highest level.”
Link to Bass Clarinet Festijn : https://www.bassclarinet.nl/
Photo credit : Elisabeth Melchior