Sophie Watillon

Sophie Watillon ( born December 7, 1965 in Namur, † August 31, 2005 ibid ) was a Belgian gamba player.


Sophie Watillon was the daughter of a music-loving family notary in whose environment the baroque house music on original instruments, was an integral part early on. With an experience of around 200 concerts, which she had given with the Baroque ensemble consisting of seven family members, Watillon university-level study of the viola began at the age of 16 years da gamba with Philippe Pierlot, after which she studied with Wieland Kuijken at the Schola Cantorum with Paolo Pandolfo. Even as a student she was a member of the " Ricercar Consort " her first teacher Philippe Pierlot.

During her solo career, she was a permanent member of the ensembles of XXI Jordi Savall, as Hesperion, " La Capella Reial de Catalunya " and " Le Concert des Nations ". She also performed regularly with the Cantus Köln, the " Poème Harmonique ", the " Huelgas Ensemble" Paul Van Nevel and the " Ricercar Consort ", just to mention a few.

Even the modern music she was open and played premieres of some of her works dedicated for viola da gamba by Bernard Foccroulle, Pierre Bartholomée, Arvo Pärt and others.

In her last years she was a professor of viola da gamba at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, ​​also headed the renowned viola da gamba at the Conservatory of Brussels suburb of Woluwe -Saint -Pierre.

Recordings (selection)

( Labels: Alpha - CPO - Summit records - Ligia Digital - Ricercar - Harmonia Mundi - Naïve - Virgin - ORF - Cyprès and others)

Recordings with the Ricercar Consort

Recordings with " Le Poème Harmonique "

Recordings with " Stylus Phantasticus "

  • 2001: in heaven by Philipp Heinrich Erlebach