The Sprightly Companions
Health, longevity and happiness are linked to companionship. Our ensemble is fueled by the desire to participate in the Great Conversation which deals with the perennial issues of men and women through time and across the world as expressed through art, music, literature and dance and which bind us together in fellowship. Our tools of expression are historical instruments. Our language is music. In the words of Bruce Haynes (describing the Hautboy) we argue, declaim, lament, provoke, charm and frolic, raising voices beyond our time. We seek out guest artists who bring their enriching perspectives to our company, keeping us ever fresh and renewed. Founded in 2009 in the USA, the Sprightly Companions is now based in Germany. Our name comes from the earliest method for playing the Oboe The Sprightly Companion, London: 1695 “…the Hautboy is so fine and useful an instrument, and so portable a companion.”
Praised as “delightful and so refreshing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Jeanine Krause performs on oboes and recorders with orchestras in Germany, the USA and worldwide. In 2014 she appears as soloist with the Dallas Bach Society and Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, performing works of Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach. Highlights from her world travels include giving the first period performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion in Cape Town, South Africa, participation with the Wiener Akademie in John Malkovich’s stage production of Giacomo Variations in North America (the film is soon to be released), and numerous performances of works of J.S. Bach in cooperation with international orchestras led by Joshua Rifkin in Japan, USA, Belgium and Germany. Also an avid chamber musician, she founded Baroque chamber ensemble, Sprightly Companions in 2009, which tours and lectures, collaborating with local artists. She is a founding member the Boston Early Music Festival featured oboe band, Symphonie des Dragons led by Gonzalo X. Ruiz and subsequently established Die Rhein-Main-Hautboisten, an oboe band in Germany in 2014. A passionate teacher, Jeanine gathers inspiration from her students, young and old. Among her students at the Musikschule Hofheim are Jugend musiziert prize winners. Jeanine holds degrees from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium in Mainz and recently began doctoral work at Boston University. Born in the USA, Jeanine lives in Germany.