Since its conception at the Brussels Conservatory in 1993, Oxalys has blossomed into a chamber music ensemble of unique character and excellent international reputation. Its original eight-member composition of string quintet, flute, clarinet and harp is often extended, which enables the ensemble to engage in a broader oeuvre or daring projects. Belle Epoque (chamber) music is at the very heart of Oxalys’s repertoire. It is from this central epoch (1870-1930) the ensemble looks back and forward, thus voicing Europe’s cultural history, whether in Haydn’s or Mozart’s musical idiom or through contemporary classical music. Oxalys also favours fin de siècle vocal chamber music, a genre in which it gets firstclass support of soloists such as Claire Lefilliâtre, Laure Delcampe, Christianne Stotijn, Dietrich Henschel, Nikolay Borchev and Christoph Prégardien.
Thanks to its one-of-a-kind repertoire and exquisite performances, Oxalys is warmly welcomed on stages in Belgium and abroad. At the start of 2017, Flemish radio station Klara awarded the ensemble the ‘Klara Music Prize for best Soloist or Ensemble’. Oxalys’s varied and much-celebrated discography is the perfect illustration of the ensemble’s versatility. With recordings of works by amongst others Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Max Reger and Joseph Jongen, it points out its double focus on canonical repertoire on the one hand and lesser explored oeuvres on the other. Eager to look further than its own genre and territory, Oxalys regularly cooperates in theatre productions. It is also concerned with projects of a pedagogical and educational value. Oxalys maintains a partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and is supported by the Flemish Community.
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