The title of this album, L'Inspiration Poétique, refers to the Airs de cour (--) present in this recording, and their impact on the interpretation of Flute music from the beginning of the 18th century in France. Their flexible, poetic and gracious singing quality have inspired us to search for a more free and organic sense of instrumental ornamentation. Le titre de cet album, L'Inspiration Poétique se réfère aux Airs de cour (--) présents dans cet enregistrement, et a leur impact sur l'interprétation des Pièces pour Flute du début du XVIIIeme siecle. Leur chant libre, flexible, poétique et gracieux nous entraina vers une vision plus libre et organique de l'ornementation instrumentale. Sophie Ardiet started playing music at the age of 7, beginning with recorder, then studying piano and modern flute. After receiving her diploma of musicology from La Sorbonne University in Paris she decided to focus her attention to early music. She studied recorder with Michelle Tellier at the National Conservatoire of Boulogne, where she graduated in 2002. It is while pursuing further recorder studies with Pierre Boragno in Versailles and beginning Baroque Flute studies with Jean-Claude Veilhan and Anne Matthias at the Conservatoire of the 14th arrondissment of Paris that Sophie took the decision to move to Den Haag to study with Wilbert Hazelzet. After she obtained her Bachelor Diploma in Baroque flute in 2007, and in Recorder in 2008, she completed a Masters degree in baroque flute performance with world renowned soloist and pedagogue Barthold Kuijken. Sophie is an active performer and has given concerts throughout Europe and in Australia, most recently performing in the Barcelona and Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festivals. James Holland was born in Sydney, Australia, and began his musical life with the electric bass guitar, later switching to the classical guitar in which he graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2003. As a classical guitarist James was always interested in transcriptions of lute and vihuela music, and his gravitation towards lute playing was quite a natural one. James is an exciting young player of the next generation of performers of historical plucked instruments, always searching for the marriage between historically informed performance and his own personal interpretation. James studied in Den Haag with Nigel North, Joachim Held and Mike Fentross, and took further lessons with Hopkinson Smith and Elizabeth Kenny. He now performs in solo recitals, as a continuo player for chamber ensembles, opera and accompanying singers. These activities have taken him across Europe, to North America and Australia. James plays renaissance and baroque lutes, vihuela, theorbo and baroque guitar. James has recently performed in the Festival Classique in Den Haag, and the fringe concerts of the Barcelona and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, both as a continuo player and in solo recital. He has performed with the Pinchgut Opera Company, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, de Swaen Ensemble, among others, and has worked with conductors such as Attilio Cremonesi, Patrick Ayrton, Peter van Heyghen, Charles Toot and Sebastian Marq. James will be touring in Australia with baroque flautist Sophie Ardiet until March 2010. In this time he will also be playing a production of Cavalli's 'L'Ormindo' with the Pinchgut Opera Company, and spending time in the sun with friends and family in Sydney. After this he will be based in Paris.