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Han Tol is active as a soloist, ensemble player, musical director and teacher throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Far East. He holds a professorship at the “Hochschule für Künste” in Bremen, Germany, and was a guest professor at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Basle, Switzerland and at “Jacobs School of Music” of Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. His teaching activities include further courses at renowned music institutions in Vienna, Salzburg, Geneva, St. Petersburg, Jerusalem, Baltimore, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, to name a few.

Mr. Tol was a member of the outstanding “Flanders Recorder Quartet” from 1999-2007. In his orchestral work with the “Balthasar Neumann Ensemble” of Freiburg, Germany, his interpretation of 17th century Italian music, while clad in full clown apparel, was probably the most memorable. Han Tol was their artistic director for the production of the highly praised CD, “Perpetuum Mobile”, with recently discovered repertory by Telemann (-”Perpetuum Mobile is the title that the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble has given to one of the most imaginative and satisfying Telemann discs that I have heard for a long time…recorder player Han Tol directs all with affection and an unerring sense of style.”, N. Anderson in “Early Music Today”).

The German music magazine “Tibia” recently published two articles by Professor Tol, the result of his extensive research on the life and works of the mysterious sixteenth-century Venetian musician, printer and painter, Sylvestro Ganassi.

The artist can be heard on 40 CD recordings for such labels as Teldec, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, and CPO. Sony Music Entertainment launched a CD recently on which Han Tol is paired with the well known gambist, Hille Perl, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in Telemann’s double concerto for recorder, viola da gamba and orchestra.