Although we grew up on opposite sides of the Atlantic (Héloïse in Lille, France and Justin around Boston, MA), we both ended up studying the recorder in Holland (often considered the recorder capital of the world). Some say it was love at first note. In 2005 we finished our recorder studies and decided to move to the Boston area to play, teach, and for Héloïse to train in the Alexander technique. We are married, and live in Medford, Massachusetts with our daughter, Catalina.
Héloïse Degrugillier has worked extensively as both a recorder performer and teacher throughout Europe and the United States. Recent performances included a recital at the National Music Museum in South Dakota, with the Dunya ensemble in Jordan Hall, and with the Boston Early Music Festival Opera. Héloïse enjoys an active teaching career, working with the Boston Recorder Society, Recorder Guild of New York, Pinewoods and others. She has recently completed her studies in the Alexander technique and has a Masters in Music from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She has studied with Heiko ter Scheggett, Saskia Coolen, and Pedro Memelsdorff.
Justin Godoy, has performed with leading period ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Hesperus, Tempesta di Mare, and La Donna Musicale. As a winner of the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, Justin spent two years performing, teaching, and studying in Holland. In 2006 Justin Godoy and Joseph Gascho founded the early music ensemble Harmonious blacksmith, which has quickly earned critical acclaim for its "superb improvisations," "dazzling virtuosity," and "almost incredible accord." Harmonious Blacksmith has performed in many festivals and concert series including the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, National Gallery of Art, Magnolia Baroque Festival, The Embassy Series, and the Washington Early Music Festival. Justin studied recorder with Heiko ter Schegget, Saskia Coolen, and Gwyn Roberts, and composition with Nicholas Maw.