Profile Teachers

  • Marcel Andriessen

    Since September 2007, Marcel Andriessen has taught classical percussion at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. Beyond providing a solid technical and musical foundation for his students, his primary goal is to support them in finding their own musical identity. During the four year bachelor course, he encourages his students to develop a personal taste and style, so that they are prepared to continue their studies at the Masters level, where they are given the resources to further develop into a successful musician. In addition to teaching percussion, Marcel also works as a study career coach in the Master of Music program. Marcel studied classical percussion between 1984 and 1993 at the Hilversum Conservatory under the instruction of Victor Oskam and Nick Woud. During these studies, he was particularly interested in contemporary music and musical theater. In 1990, he was asked to join the European tour of “Antigone,” a music-theatre performance by Belgian composer Luc Brewaeys for 8 singers, 2 percussionists, and tape. This tour was also the genesis of the percussion duo Konink&Andriessen. With this duo, specialized in contemporary music, Marcel played many stages both in Holland and abroad, and premiered compositions by, among others, Luc Brewaeys, Phillippe Boesmans, David Dramm, Jan Bus, and Harry de Wit. This repertoire is recorded on the CD “Notes ’94”.

    Since 1993, Marcel’s professional focus is in contemporary music and (music) theatre. As a freelance percussionist, he has played with a wide range of musical ensembles and theatre troupes in venues throughout the world. On a few occasions, like with Dogtroep and Jan Fabre/Troubleyn, Marcel has also been challenged to perform as an actor. Between 1998 and 2012, Marcel was a regular member of Slagwerk Den Haag. This experimental percussion group focuses on collaboration between musicians and composers. Often, projects involve inventing entirely new instruments and playing techniques, such that simply “playing percussion” instead becomes “creating sound” by any appropriate means. Besides his work for Fontys, Marcel currently performs with several ensembles, including Champ d’Action (in Belgium), Slagwerk Den Haag, and the Eef van Breen Group (in the Netherlands).

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  • Geert Baeckelandt

    Geert Baeckelandt studied at the music conservatory in Bruges. He received first prizes in clarinet and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and a higher degree in Antwerp with Walter Boeykens. This was followed by chamber music by Arie Van Lysebeth in Brussels.

    He perfected at Hans Rudolf Stalder in Basel (Switzerland), a specialist in authentic performance practice. Geert Baeckelandt collaborated on a number of projects in Germany and France with the old clarinet. For three years he was active as a solo clarinetist with the Music Chapel of the Guides. He then joined the New-Belgian Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra I Fiamminghi and the Beethoven Academy. He is now a soloist with the Orkest der Lage Landen.

    As a chamber musician he is a member of the Quintessens woodwind quintet, the Nota Bene ensemble and he performs recitals with pianists Paul Hermsen and Vladimir Sverdlov. He has made numerous CDs both as an orchestral musician, in chamber music and as a soloist. He was part of the Sinfonia Helvetica, an orchestra composed of international soloists in Switzerland. In 1988 he was awarded the title of Young Talent at the Flanders Festival. He has regularly performed as a soloist with Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, I Fiamminghi, Prima la Musica and the Beethoven Academy, including solo performances at the Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Centre (Japan). He is regularly invited as a substitute for the major symphonic orchestras such as the Philharmonic (Antwerp), the National Orchestra (Brussels) and the Brabant Orchestra (Eindhoven).

    He is a teacher at the music academies in Tielt and Torhout in Belgium and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg. He is also a lecturer at the Burg Freistritz Summer Music Course (Austria) and at the Académie internationale d'été de Wallonie in Libramont.

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  • Arjan van Baest

    Arjan van Baest (Phd, BA)is a research coach at the Master of Music. Heteaches research in the minor ‘Art, culture and research’. Arjan studied choral conducting (cum laude), orchestral conducting and composing at the FHK/Conservatory. He received a Phd in Literature from Tilburg University. Arjan is the artistic leader/conductor of Stichting Bachcantates Tilburg, FBach Koor en orkest, Muziektheatergezelschap Muzemento, Tilburgse Operettevereniging and Cantiqua Concert. Among his compositions are choral works, instrumental music and theater music. Tim teaches improvisation at the Amsterdam and Tilburg conservatoires and hosts the annual sell-out Grappelli-Django Camp back home in Holland every August.

  • Guus Bakker


    In 1996 Guus obtained his master degree for main subjects bassguitar and double bass on the Rotterdam Conservatory. He is active as a sought-after freelance bassist since then, especially in the Dutch and Belgian music scene.

    Netherlands: Clazz-ensemble, DelMontis, Dick de Graaf 4tet, DTX (with Berthil Busstra, Spencer Croes), Elizabeth Simonian, E.T. (Jeroen van Vliet), Gare du Nord, Holland Big Band, Michiel Stekelenburg 4tet, Pascal Vermeer 5tet, Kim Hoorweg, Rembrandt Frerichs, Wende Snijders, Michiel Borstlap, Eric Vloeimans,  Auratones, Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Sensual, Wouter Hamel, Ben van den Dungen / Jarmo Hoogendijk.

    Belgium: Tutu Puoane 4tet, Robin Verheyen trio, Frederic Delplanq 4 tet, Quintessence, Pentachrome, Bruno VanSina 4 tet,  Jef Neve, Kris Goessens, Bart VanCaenigem, Kurt van Herck, Tom VanDijck, Bruno VanSina, Dre Palmaerts, Mimi Verderame, Teun Verbruggen, Tuesday Night Ochestra.

    Guus teaches bass and coaches ensembles since 1998. As a replacer he regularly teaches on the Rotterdam Conservatory. Since 2018 Guus is the regular main teacher bassguitar of AMPA Jazz.

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  • Jelena Bazova

    Jelena Bazova graduated from the State Conservatory of Kazan (Russia) with the Prix d’Excellence and a soloist diploma in both organ and piano. From 1980 to 1990 she taught piano at the State Conservatory of Astrakhan (Russia). In 1990 she was asked to move back to Kazan and teach both piano and organ at her alma mater. In 1991, she became a laureate of the prestigious Russian National Organ Competition. Since 1997 she has been working and living in the Netherlands.

    Alongside her teaching, Jelena enjoys a vibrant performing career throughout Russia and Western Europe, appearing in major concert halls and famous churches (including Notre Dame in Paris and Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, among others). She has made various recordings for Russian, Dutch, and Belgian radio and television. Cd’s of her performances have been released in the Netherlands. Jelena is specifically known for her interest in contemporary music, and has performed at well-known festivals like “Moscow Autumn” in Moscow, “White nights” in St.Petersburg, and “Europe-Asia” in Kazan.

    At present, Jelena teaches piano at the Young Musicians Academy, and piano and organ at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. Her students have won or made the finals of several competitions, including the National Competition of SJMN (Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland), The International Steinway & Sons competition, The Princess Christina Competition, and The YPF (Young Pianist Foundation) Competition. Jelena is also a permanent organist with the famous Sacrament Choir in Breda.

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  • Leon Berendse

    Leon Berendse began playing the flute at the age of ten. He studied with Rien de Reede and Paul Verhey at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, and received the Nicolai prize for an outstanding final recital. He continued his studies with Geoffrey Gilbert in Florida, and took part in masterclasses by Trevor Wye and William Bennett. Leon is the solo-flautist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the Amsterdam Consort.

    He has made numerous recordings in collaboration with the previously mentioned orchestras and with the former Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. As a soloist, Leon has performed in several European countries, but also in the United States, Brazil, Irak, South-Africa, Japan, Colombia and Argentina. In the near future, he will perform Peteris Vasks’s flute concerto in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

    Apart from his performance career, Leon is also active as a conductor and teacher. He currently teaches flute at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. He was recently invited to give a masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Together with Matthias Ziegler, Wissam Boustani, and Ian Clarke, Leon is teaches at the ‘Grolloo Flute Sessions,’ a summer school for promising flute-students.

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  • Kees van den Bergh


    Kees van den Bergh studied in the early nineties Music Composition and Music Theory at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg. In 1999 he received his diploma U.M. Composition with honours and in 2000 he completed his six-year study Music Theory, also with honours.

    Since 2002 he teaches analysis, solfeggio, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration at the Fontys Conservatorium (AMPA) in Tilburg. In 2008 Kees van den Bergh has been appointed as Professor Composition in both the Bachelor Composition and Master of Music Composition. He is also the coordinator of the Composition Department.

    His oeuvre consists of compositions for solo voice, pieces for instrument solo, songs, choral music, chamber music for various ensembles, electronic music and several symphonic works.

    The current compositions of Kees van den Bergh have a high degree of consonance and are influenced by Ancient chant, Renaissance counterpoint, Classical music, Minimal music and Pop music.

    Kees writes on his website:

    ‘Besides composing, my great passion is teaching composition at the Fontys Conservatory (AMPA) in Tilburg. Since 2008 I have coached gifted young composers in finding and developing their own musical voice.

    The musical style of these young composers varies enormously: you can hear influences of Ethnic music, Romantic Classical Music, Extended Tonality, music of the Avant-garde, Minimal music, Film music, Afro-Cuban rhythm, Jazz, Pop music etc.

    I am very happy with this, because music is not about style, it is about quality and a proper balance between craftsmanship and musical expression.’

    For more information about Kees van den Bergh and his work as a composer and teacher, check his website:

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  • Gisella Bergman

    After the dream of every classical music student, a job in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, came true, Gisella Bergman preferred to live up to her "core quality": the teaching profession. She therefore gave up her job at the KCO in order to be able to devote herself entirely to teaching. As a student she taught at the Zeeland Music School, where she talked about how important it is to teach each viola student to play his instrument as well as possible from the very beginning. Because of her years of experience in this field and the results she achieved with her students, she was asked to come and teach at the conservatory both in Rotterdam and in The Hague.

    Now, almost 40 years after she taught her first viola lessons, she is a principal subject teacher in viola at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg. In the summer Gisella organizes her own courses in Witteveen, Drenthe. She is a member of the instruments committee of the National Fund for Musical Instruments and is regularly asked to participate as a committee member in competitions at home and abroad. Gisella Bergman is chairman of ESTA-Netherlands (European String Teachers Association).

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  • Henri Bok

    One of the ‘Big Three’ in bass clarinet history, Henri Bok (1950) is a very active worldwide ambassador of his beloved instrument, one to which he has devoted his life as a performer, teacher, improviser and composer. His unique rich warm sound can be heard on numerous recordings in various instrumental combinations and musical styles. Henri initiated projects and collaborations with Rob van Bavel (duo HeRo), Miquel Bernat (Duo Contemporain), Gustavo Beytelmann, Lawrence Cherney (Bass Instincts), Miny Dekkers (Duo Novair), José Luis Estellés, Mike Garson, Josef Horák, Rainer Maria Klaas, Bennie Maupin, Montanha (Duo Clarones), Justo Sanz, Louis Sclavis and Dawn Upshaw. In duo Hevans, together with tenor saxophonist Eleri Ann Evans, he explores all facets of this charming combination of single reeds, including extreme microtonality.Hundreds of compositions have been written for/dedicated to Henri Bok, pieces which he has performed at major musical events around the world.

    Henri teaches in Tilburg (Fontys), San Sebastián (Musikene) and Düsseldorf (Robert Schumann Hochschule). He is the author of ‘New Techniques for the Bass Clarinet’, was artistic director of the 1st World Bass Clarinet Convention in 2005 and has composed many works for bass clarinet. In recognition of his exceptional contribution to music, Henri was made a knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion by King Willem Alexander in April 2014.Sponsors: Henri Bok uses a Selmer-Paris Privilege bass clarinet, a Pomarico mouthpiece, D’Addario reeds, a Silverstein Cryo4 gold ligature, a Bok/Wiseman carbon-fibre bell and a Wiseman carbon-fibre case.

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  • Mark Boonstra


    Mark Boontra (1975) studied at the conservatory of Rotterdam. By the teachers George Wiegel and Ben van Dijk an ideal learning climate was created to develop yourself. Weekly ensemble playing and classroom correpitor with the entire trombone class. Several international masterclasses were organized and other experts were invited regularly. This resulted in the perfect and above all a strong trombone class, in which competition and collegiality went hand in hand. After the necessary work experience in almost all ensembles and orchestras in the Netherlands, he was hired at the Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland in 2002, located in Eindhoven and Maastricht. He is also a member of The New Trombone Collective and the David Kweksilber BigBand. An ideal artistic mix to challenge and develop yourself as a performer. In the field of education he finds the biggest challenge nowadays. Creating an ideal learning climate for all ages is his mission. As mr. pBone he travels all over the country to give music workshops and he learns thousands of children a year how to play trombone and above all, he gives them the experience of how special it is to be able to make music together. Dutch trombone talents are connected in the Young Trombone Collective. At Codarts Conservatory Rotterdam he teaches Music Education, where evolution of music education is central. As professor at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg, he tries to offer his students the same as he himself is offered. A wide range of knowledge, freedom to orientate yourself more broadly, and working within an ensemble on the many competences that we have to deal with as musicians nowadays.

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  • Wolfert Brederode


    After his studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Wolfert Brederode (1974) has been working as a musician and composer since. He has developed into one of the most authentic musicians of the younger Dutch generation. A refined and focused touch, concern for natural flow, openness to all kinds of music, and his relentless search for new horizons are characteristic features of his music.

    He debuted with ensembles such as the Wolfert Brederode Trio and Quintet, Nimbus, the Susanne Abbuehl Group and later on also with a.o. the Wolfert Brederode Quartet, Duo Lijbaart/Brederode, Batik and the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. With these groups he has recorded, toured, performed at festivals and broadcasts throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia, the U.S.A., South America, the Middle East and Africa.

    In 2014 Wolfert initiated a new trio featuring Gulli Gudmundsson on double bass and Jasper van Hulten on drums. After two albums on ECM with his quartet, the first trio album 'Black Ice' has been recently released on the same label. Recent projects incorporate ‘Ruins & Remains’, a suite of ten parts composed by Wolfert and which features the Matangi String Quartet and drummer Joost Lijbaart and a electro/acoustic project entitled ‘Lemuria’ with Raphael Vanoli on guitars and drummer Samuel Rohrer. 

    Wolfert has furthermore worked with artists such as Dave Liebman, Jeanne Lee, Arve Henriksen, Nana Vasconcelos, Mark Feldman, Matthias Eick, Ernst Reijseger, Tore Brunborg, Wolfgang Puschnig and Michel Portal.

    Apart from his activities as a performing artist Wolfert contributed compositions to several theatre, dance and film productions. Wolfert is a piano and ensemble teacher at the jazz departments of the conservatoires of Tilburg and The Hague.

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  • Reineke Broekhans

    Reineke Broekhans works as a piano accompanist at the Fontys Conservatorium Tilburg. She also teaches at the Codarts Conservatorium Rotterdam and the University College Roosevelt Middelburg. After finishing her studies as a teacher and a soloist with outstanding results at the Brabants Conservatorium with Ton Demmers, she specialized in chamber music at the Rotterdams Conservatorium with Jan Gruithuyzen.

    As a soloist she was fortunate to win prizes at various competitions (Edith Stein Concours, Prinses Christina Concours, Steinway Concours Nederland)and was a soloist in pianoconcertos of Mozart en Swerts. She performes with violinist Julija Hartig as an inspiring duo since 2000. In 2004 they were invited at the Nomus Festival in Novisad (Serbia) and won the third prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera Gaetano Zinetti in Verona. This resulted in a concerttour across Italy in 2005. Nowadays they performe regularly in Splendor, an cultural breeding ground in Amsterdam where musicians, composers and performing artists and public meet and get inspired

  • Louis Buskens

    Louis Buskens is the primary teacher of choral conducting at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, where he is also a research coach. He grew up in ’s-Hertogenbosch in the south of The Netherlands, where he was a boy singer in the cathedral choir (a choir specialised in Gregorian chant and renaissance music). At the Conservatory of Tilburg, he majored in recorder performance, music teaching, and choral conducting. After his study, he was conductor of the choir and orchestra of the university of Eindhoven, the Philips Philharmonic Choir in Eindhoven, the Bach Choir in Nijmegen, and, for many years, choirmaster and assistant conductor at the “Opera in Ahoy” in Rotterdam. He also worked extensively abroad, mainly as a choirmaster in opera productions. He prepared choirs for Valery Gergiev, Frans Brüggen, Mauricio Kagel, and many others.

    Louis Buskens began as a specialist of early music, but has become more and more sought after to conduct 19​th ​- and 20​th​ century music, thanks to his extensive experience conducting both choral and orchestral works from those eras. Now, he is the chief conductor of several choirs - the Brabant Koor, Nederlands Concert Koor, and Nationaal Gemengd Jeugd Koor - and teaches choir conducting at two conservatories (Tilburg and Groningen). Several of his students have won the prestigious Dutch Anton Kersjes Prize for conductors. Louis is also teacher of the famous Dutch Kurt Thomas Cursus, a yearly summer course for choral conducting in Utrecht, The Netherlands. For his work as conductor, musician, and advocate for the arts, Louis was knighted by her Majesty the Queen as Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau.

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  • Geert Callaert

    Geert Callaert studied at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. He took piano in the class of Jan Vermeulen and obtained the laureate diplomas and higher diplomas piano, chamber music and piano accompaniment, as well as the special prize Lemmens-Tinel for piano, chamber music, keyboard accompaniment, orchestral conducting, music writing and higher analysis. As a freelance musician he worked with the Prometheus ensemble, the Catalpa ensemble, the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, the Flemish Opera, I Fiamminghi, the Filharmonie and the VRO. During his training he attended numerous seminars (including the Stockhausen Courses 1998, 1999 and 2000 for the interpretation of his music and computer seminars at the IRCAM in Paris). He won several prizes on piano competitions (Pro Civitate, Stephan De Jonghewedstrijd) and in 1998 the Sabamprijs during the Free Podium, organized by the Festival van Vlaanderen department Mechelen, for the interpretation of Charles Wuorinens Percussion Duo (together with Geert Verschraegen, mallets).

    He has been working at the Lemmensinstituut since 1990 as a pianist accompanist. Since 2008 he has been a main subject teacher in piano and chamber music at the higher departments of the Lemmen Institute for the training of students in the contemporary art music repertoire.

    On 27 April 2002 he graduated from the Orpheus Institute with a project on piano music and chamber music with percussion by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Charles Wuorinen.

    He is also active as a composer: Jazz Suite for Vibraphone and Piano (2001); Introduction and Dance for vibraphone solo, jazz combo and woodwind quintet, created on October 1, 2002; Conflicts for clarinet and percussion (2003 on the occasion of the reopening of the Groeninghe Museum in Bruges); reworking of Paul Lansky's tape composition "Heavy Set" for piano, drums, sampled sounds and tape (creation 2002 during the Mobile Phonics festival). Quartet No. 1, for flute, double bass, marimba and piano (world premiere in Tilburg, an organization of De Link Foundation). Together with Carlo Willems he wrote the imposed work (discipline percussion and piano) for the national Dexia competition in 2006. For the action "Sight First II" of the Lions Club he wrote the classic version of the song "Eyes for you", which included was on CD (with Marc Meersman, baritone, and Geert Callaert, piano). He also completes music for two films, in collaboration with the HERMESensemble under the direction of Koen Kessels, music theater Transparant, Center de Recherches and the Formation Musicales de Wallonie and the Belgian Film Archive.

    He is known as a soloist and chamber musician and much in demand for his broad repertoire (from classical to contemporary). He is a pianist of the HERMESensemble and created several compositions by various composers. Some wrote to him: Michael Sahl (New York, USA) wrote his "Flemish Sonata" and Michael Clarke (Huddersfield University, UK) his "Constellations" for mallets, piano and live-electronics; closer to home Sebastiaan Van Steenberge commissioned his "Waltzing without Mathilda" and "Svolazzo" (piano solo) and wrote Hanne Deneire for him "Blink" for solo piano. He created "Eisberge" (piano solo) by Jean Delouvroy during the hommage afternoon concerts of the Flemish Opera, following the creation of the opera by Luc Van Hove (February 2008).

    He is co-founder of Casco Phil (the former Belgian Chamber Philharmonic) and a member of the Hermesensemble.

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  • Nicolas Callot

    Nicolas Callot (b. 1979) teaches piano (his main subject) and chamber music at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and at the Kunsthumaniora in Antwerp, Belgium. Previously, he was the assistant teacher to Mila Baslawskaja at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2004 Nicolas graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he had studied under the guidance of the Russian pianist Mila Baslawskaja. He also took lessons with Elisabeth Leonskaja and Jan Wijn. Nicolas Callot has won numerous national competitions, and was a laureate of the Brahms Competition in Austria. He has performed with several important orchestras, culminating in his recent performance with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic under Philippe Herreweghe. He has recorded a solo piano CD for the Phaedra label, and a CD with his piano-duo partner Lucas Blondeel for the Warner Classics label. Nicolas performs on historical instruments, in addition to the modern piano. As a lied-accompanist, he works regularly with singer Hendrickje Van Kerckhove. In 2016, he released a recording of lieder and solo piano works by Grieg. Apart from his career as a pianist and teacher, he also works as a recording engineer and producer for various labels.

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  • Annemieke Corstens

    Annemieke Corstens began her study of violin at a very young age, under the instruction of Harry Curby (first violinist of the Hadyn quartet, and later founder of the Sydney Quartet at the Brabants Conservatorium). She continued her studies with Kati Sebestyen and Andre Gertler, and graduated from her studies in Tilburg and Brussels with honors. As of her graduation, she had already found success with the Dutch string trio, Boussu, which performed many concerts in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and Austria under the inspiring coaching of Ervin Schiffer. In the Netherlands, the Boussu trio played a prominent role in the now-legendary “luistermuseum” organized by programmer Piet Veenstra. Annemieke has a strong interest in and commitment to contemporary music, which has led to numerous compositions being dedicated to her. However, she does not confine herself only to chamber music. As an soloist with orchestra, she has pursued a diverse repertoire, including works by Vivaldi, Schnittke, Mozart, Weil, Penderecki, Scelsi, et al. Following her formal studies, Annemieke assisted her former teachers in numerous masterclasses, pursued individual lessons with Viktor Liberman and the renowned Amadeus Quartet (among others), and was appointed head professor of violin at the Fontys Conservatory, where she remains. Because of her initiative and passion for young violin talent, Annemieke co-founded the Young Musician Academy, which continues to flourish. She takes pride in the fact that many of her former students have found respected places on the domestic and international music scenes.

  • Rumen Cvetkov

    Guest Solo Violist-Royal Spanish Opera House “Reina Sofia”, Valencia

    Founding Member - Mediterranean Soloists

    Artistic Director - MurciArt Music Festival

    Since his solo debut at the age of 8, he has performed in more than 35 countries on 4 continents which won him positive critical claim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Pallacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Chicago Symphony Center, and Bulgaria Hall to name a few. His festival appearances include Red Sea Festival (Israel), Athens, St. Moritz, Mimir, Bruman, I Palpiti, Ascoli Piceno (Italy), as well as “Music in the Old City” and ” European Culture Month”. He has been a guest artist for Van Cliburn Institute and a guest faculty at Texas Chamber Music Round Up in Fort Worth.

    A passionate chamber musician, Rumen Cvetkov has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians today such as Ida Haendel, Bernard Greenhouse, Mihail Muntian, Sir Harold Martina, Jose Feghali, Christian Tetzlaff, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Jose Gallardo, Jelena Ocic, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Persius Ensemble, and members of Borromeo, Kronos, Aviv, and Verdi Quartets. In the fall of 2007 he cooperated with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project performing the solo part of Brahms Clarinet Quintet arranged for solo viola in a concert organized by Chicago Art Museum. Since 2017, Rumen Cvetkov is the founder and Artistic Director of MurciArt Music Festival (Spain) with Honorary President Maestro Placido Domingo.

    Regularly invited as a guest solo violist, he has performed under great conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myun Wun Chung, Kent Nagano, Enrique Batiz, Rossen Milanov, and Alan Gilbert to name a few.

    In Bulgaria, Rumen Cvetkov studied with Georgy Naidenov (pupil of Feodor Druzhinin), and in the USA, with Misha Galaganov, Roger Chase and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In Holland, he has worked with Vladimir Mendelssohn.

    He performs on a rare viola made by Simon Schodler 1785, named “The Time”

    Rumen Cvetkov is represented worldwide by VIRTUOSO ARTISTS MANAGEMENT.

    “His sound was full, vibrant, carefully balanced, and infinatelly variable” Los Angeles Weekly

    “In Harold in Italy, Rumen Cvetkov gave us great joy with a sound of the purest velvet” 24 hours Bulgaria

    “The musicianship was miraculous” Beverly Hills Outlook

    ‘”A hell of a violist” -Bernard Greenhouse

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  • Valerie Debaele

    Valerie Debaele is a flute teacher at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her class is for talented flutists who wish to prepare both to become good teachers, themselves, and to audition for youth- and professional orchestras.

    Since 2006, Valerie has been the principal flutist at the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (Belgium). She studied with Ms. Gaby Pas-van Riet at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium, from which she received her Master’s Degree and Pedagogical Diploma, both in flute performance, with greatest distinction. In 2000, she was awarded the Jeanne Baxtresser Scholarship for two years of study at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where she completed an Artist Diploma in Flute Performance with greatest distinction. During her studies in the USA, Valeria assisted in the making of Jeanne Baxtresser’s book, “Great Flute Duos from the Orchestral Repertoire.” In the same year, she participated as a teacher in the international music festival, “Instrumenta Verano,” in Puebla ,Mexico. As a young flutist, Valerie was a prize winner at the Cera-bank Flute Competition and the Flemish Radio and Television - Competition Young Tenuto. As a result of these achievements, she was chosen to tour as a soloist with the Brussels International Youth Orchestra for the year 1992. More recently, she was a finalist in both the Pittsburgh Concert Society competition in Pittsburg, USA, and the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition in Denton, USA.

    A couple of years later, Valerie was selected and re-invited to participate in the world orchestra Pacific Music Festival, based in Japan and conducted by Charles Dutoit and Wen-Pin Chien. At the same time, she was also invited to participate in the PMF Chamber Orchestra. In 2005, she was offered the chair of principal flutist in the RadioUnderholdingsOrkestret in Copenhagen, Denmark, conducted by A. Fisher. Valerie has appeared not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a soloist with orchestras in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, and Japan. As a soloist, Valerie has been praised by the music critics of the Eastern Herald as a “brilliant player with an refined tone, a versatile range of colors and an impressive virtuosity.”

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  • Chris Duindam

    Chris Duindam started his violin study in the preparatory course at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, with Qui van Woerdekom, later at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam with Maarten Veeze. He received his UM diploma and chamber music scores with successively Philip Hirshhorn, Viktor Liberman, Eli Goren and Emmy Verhey at the Utrecht Conservatory. In addition to his solo and chamber music performances, Chris Duindam is a violin teacher at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg, the Utrecht Conservatory and regularly gives masterclasses at home and abroad. Since 2005 he is part of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.

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  • Anthony Fiumara

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    Vision on teaching

    Unlike other conservatories, Fontys AMPA focuses on the music practice of today. As a student you get the opportunity to collaborate with students from other disciplines: from dance and theater to visual art forms.

    In my composition lessons we will be working on developing your own sound and form – whether it is instrumental or electronic, classical or cross-over, pure concert music or a collaboration with other art forms. 

    Moreover, I want you as a student to experience how the concert practice works – as quickly as possible. Your music is gonig to be performed by AMPA students and professionals during concerts – also outside the school walls, because that's where you learn the most.

    Based on my own practice I want to teach you how you can become and remain relevant as a composer.


    Anthony Fiumara (Tilburg 1968) received his musical training at the University of Utrecht. He works as a full time composer, but he also enjoyed a successful career as a music journalist, producer of radio programs and lecturer. Anthony was artistic director of Orkest De Volharding and Compagnie Bischoff. He co-founded the Amsterdam Electric Festival, as wel as the indie-classical ensemble Lunapark, and the independent record label Alaska Records.

    He was composer–in-residence at the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and he wrote music for a number of international soloists and ensembles, such as musikFabrik, Trio Mediaeval, Quartetto Maurice, and Sentieri Selvaggi. Fiumara holds the position of professor of music composition at the Academy of Music and Performance Arts (AMPA) in Tilburg.

    Fiumara’s recent work is characterized by a dynamic style. Key words are speed, energy, layers, clear-cut contrasts. Witness the orchestral work As I Opened Fire (2014), the mercurial opening movement of the string quartet I Dreamed in the Cities at Night (2014) or the rushed ‘Interludes’ in Fiumara’s requiem, Memorial Park (2017), commissioned by November Music festival in Den Bosch, being the featured composer there in 2017.

    An important (and also the most ear-catching) pillar is the repetitive nature of Fiumara’s work. He increasingly seems to use repetition as a means to set up a sound surface – Fiumara prefers to say ‘canvas’ – whereas the larger shape is buttressed by contrasts, collages, or maybe the blueprint of a rock song.

    His music betrays a longing for immediacy, for powerful expression that has listeners by the short hairs straight away without them needing to take cognizance of the underlying constructions or deeper meanings. The essence of his work, in all its simpleness, can be taken at face value through the physical experience of the sound itself – or as Fiumara says ‘the skin or the sound’.

    Fiumara is also a wanted orchestrator. He arranged the music of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Adams, Simeon ten Holt, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Massive Attack and David Bowie.

  • Johan Fostier

    A figure of the young generation of classical guitarists, Johan Fostier holds four international contests first prizes (among which the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Contest 2001) and won many others. He has already recorded two solo CDS, two with the Take Four Guitar Quartet and, more recently, one with Belgian soprano Evelyne Bohen (Almaviva Duo). He also performs with French guitarist Delphine Bertrand, flautist Sandrine Desmet and with cellist Stijn Kuppens ( duo and string quintet). He performed as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (in the prestigious Tchaikovski Hall), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Bruxelles, Prima la Musica, The Brabant Orchestra, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic orchestra, and gave recitals throughout Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands (among others at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), in France, in Italy, in Russia and gave a tour of 40 concerts through the United States and Canada. He also took part in radio broadcasts in Belgium, in the United States and in Canada. He created "Platero y yo"(Jiménez, Castelnuovo-Tedesco) together with comedian Vincent Dujardin in Belgium and also the "Plaisir des Sens" show with comedian Catherine Lambrecht. He is regularly called upon to play the Romancero Gitano for choir and guitar by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Holder of a diploma from the Brussels Royal Conservatoire of Music in guitar (Diplome Superieur summa cum laude), and chamber music (Diplome Superieur cum laude), Johan Fostier studied further first at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique in Paris where he attended the teaching of Alberto Ponce and where he obtained the Performer Diploma and the Concertist Diploma with the jury's congratulations, and afterwards at the Conservatoire of Fribourg (Switzerland) with Joaquim Freire where he was awarded the Diploma of Virtuosity summa cum laude and with the jury's congratulations in 2001. He has also studied during international training periods with Eduardo Isaac, Nigel North, David Starobin , and has attended masterclasses by Manuel Barrueco and David Russel. His musical thinking has been especially marked by his meeting with the musician, teacher and director Guy Van Waas and with superb guitarist Susan Mebes with whom he perfected his art. Johan Fostier teaches at university level at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent, and also at the Music Academy in Forest (Belgium). He is regularly approached to give masterclasses in Europe, Russia and at universities and festivals across the Atlantic. Spanish composer Mariano Ferrández dedicated his "Tres piezas para guitarra" to Johan Fostier.

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  • Fréderick Franssen

    Fréderick Franssen currently holds the position of coprinciple horn in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied French horn with the famous prof. Erich Penzel at Maastricht Academy of Music where he graduated in 2002 with honors. As an intern he played with orchestras in Germany such as the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Furthermore he was a member of the Gustav Mahler youth Orchestra, where he played with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Seiji Osawa. Since 2000 Fréderick works in the Netherlands; first with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and since 2005 with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with Klaus Fehr Fréderick developed the instrument he now plays and which is also more and more in use among his colleagues.

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  • Toon de Gouw

    Toon de Gouw teaches trumpet (jazz/improvisation) and coaches various jazz combos. He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from the Conservatory of Rotterdam (1985). He gave his first notable performance when he was 18 years old, in the Waterland Octet of pianist/composer Loek Dikker on the Jazz Festival Laren, which was broadcast live on the radio. Since then, he has played in Europe, the U.S., and Japan with The Timeless Orchestra and the Latin ensemble, Nueva Manteca. Until the present day, he has also been active as a freelance trumpet player.

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  • Koen Graat
    Koen Graat teaches Jazz History & Research at AMPA. Furthermore he works as a promoter / programmer for two important festivals (November Music and Jazz in Duketown) and two venues (Paradox and Verkadefabriek). During the course there will be a focus on both the past and the present and the historical connections between them. In the lessons jazz is considered as nowadays music. Of course students will learn about important musicians and styles of the past, but equally important is 'the here and now', as Miles Davis once described jazz. For Koen the main goal is broaden the musical horizon of the students and to help them create their own aesthetical views by listening, analysing and learning from the music.
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  • Veerle van Hecke

    Veerle van Hecke graduated as an actress at the Academy of Drama in Eindhoven.

    After her studies she played and sang in numerous theatre performances, especially in music theatre performances with which she has the most affinity. She played main roles in a.o. The Marat/de Sade (Peter Weiss), the Triumphant Opera (Brecht), the Imagine Sick (Molière), Into the Woods (Steven Sondheim), Dream of a sleepless night (Gaston Salvatore), Fool for Love (Sam Shepard) and many other productions and worked with Jochem Rooyaards, Reinilde Decleir, Kevin Kuhlke, Karst Woudstra, Zdislaw Wardeyn, Carl Ridders, Jean-Claude Berutti, Geert Kimpen, Gerard Luykenaar, e.a.

    She continued her studies with many workshops, singing workshops and masterclasses, among others. in Biomechanics (Ralph Raüker), Improvisation (Keith Johnstone), Music Theatre (Aram Adriaanse), Singing (Peggy Larson, Isabella Ganz, Ingrid Voermans), Course 1 and 2 of Jo Estill-voice training, Meisner technique (Paul Dekker).

    She also studied singing with Leni Vermaire (classical) and Floor van Zutphen (jazz). She sang in various bands and borrowed her voice from animated films, series and CD productions. She spent more than 10 years with theatre group Vandenbulck, where she made and performed various youth opera productions.

    In addition, she has also devoted herself to teaching. She also likes to work with singers as a drama teacher. Since 2003 she has taught at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg (formerly the Fontys Conservatory) where she teaches classical and jazz students. She also teaches at the preparatory school for Music Theatre and coaches instrumentalists inside and outside the Conservatoire in stage presentation. Since 2012 she also teaches at the Muziektheater Classiek (Classical Music Theatre) course.

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  • Monique Heidema

    Monique Heidema did not take her first cello lesson until the age of sixteen. Nonetheless, she continued her musical studies at the Conservatory in Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, from which she earned her Master’s degree with distinction in teaching and solo performance. Monique also took masterclasses from the British cellists William Pleeth and Colin Carr, the famous German pedagogue Gerhard Mantel, the Dutch baroque specialist Anner Bijlsma, and the Russian cellists Dimitri Ferschtman, Ivan Monighetti, and Mtsislav Rostropovich. For the masterclass with Rostropovich she was chosen as one of the few Dutch cellists to play for him during the anniversary of the Dutch queen, Beatrix. Monique plays a wide variety of different repertoire; she is a well-known baroque player, but also performs more recent works such as Dutch composer Peter-Jan Wagemans’s work for two cellos, “Frage: worauf hoffen,” which he dedicated to her. Monique has also performed as a duo with the pianist André Telderman for many years, appearing in various concert halls throughout the Netherlands.

    Since 2002, Monique has been the cellist of the Piano Quartet Indigo. The other members of the quartet are the Russian violinist Natalia Morozova, the Israeli viola player Ron Ephrat and the Dutch pianist André Telderman. With this quartet she made several concert tours, including a tour of Russia in which the quartet performed in the famous Philharmony concert hall and in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Next summer, the quartet is invited to their 6th appearance as the guest of the festival “Mariënbad Nocturnes” in the Czech Republic. Here, they will play many chamber music concerts and give masterclasses to music students from all over the world. For a long period, Monique was one of the cellists of the “Cello Octet Amsterdam” and the “Doelen-kwartet,” which is an Dutch ensemble playing contemporary classical music. Until six years ago, she also played in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, where she had begun performing as a student. As a soloist she has played with several orchestras in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

    Monique has given concerts not only in the Netherlands, but also in France, Spain, Great Britain, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Liechtenstein Russia, the Czech Republic and the United States. She is regularly asked to take part in committees and juries such as those for the entrance examinations of the young talent class of the Conservatory in Rotterdam, the State exams of the Schumann Academy, or the concours of Stichting Jong Netherlands Music Talent and the Prinses Christina concours.

    Monique Heidema is the principal cello teacher for young talent, bachelor’s (Academy of Music and Performing Arts), and master’s students at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, the Sweelinck Academy of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and at the centre of art “Nieuwe Veste” Breda.

    Monique plays a beautiful cello made by Romeo Antoniazzi (1920, Cremona) loaned to her by the Dutch National Musical instruments Fund.

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  • Edward Hoepelman

    Singing teacher, founder and Artistic director of the Music Theatre education of Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg, Netherlands (Bachelor and Master) Edward Hoepelman studied Classical singing at the Conservatory’s of Tilburg and Maastricht, where he also studied Opera for four years. After his study he took lesssons in Aldebourgh (England) with Sir Peter Pears. He continued his studies with Maestro Arrigo Pola (Modena, Italy) and with Prof. Hendrikus Rootering (Krefeld, Germany). With Bram Balfoort, Mia Kuipers (Sven Smit method) and Horst Coblenzer (Coblenzer method in Boldern, Switzerland) he studied breathing- and voice techniques. Many journeys folowwed to London, Vienna and New York for study: Jo Estill, Gillyanne Kayes, Anne Marie Speed and Paul Farrington for the E.V.T.S System (Estill Voice Training System), a very advanced singing method, which spans all voice qualities like speech, opera and belting. After that he studied with the renown operatenor and vocal coach James McCray. For several years Edward is studied the Lichtenberger Method with Ingrid Voermans. As a solo singer he took part in many opera’s, light-opera’s and zarzuela’s, and made several recordings for radio and cd with the Metropole Orchestra, Limburg Symphonic Orchestra and the Mariachi Orchestra. With Mariachi he toured the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. He had many shows with harp player Saskia Veen (Britten, Strauss, Fauré, Debussy, Duparc).

    At the moment Edward Hoepelman is fulltime singing teacher and vocal coach. Many leading roles (from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England and Belgium) in musical, opera and music theatre repertoire have studied with him. He is co-founder of the MusicAllFactory Factorium Tilburg. He was singing teacher at the study Musical theatre at the Dance Academy of Tilburg, and at the moment he is the head teacher of singing and theory and artistic director of the renown study Music Theatre at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Edward Hoepelman is a many-asked masterclass teacher in Europe. He did the vocal coaching of many productions like: Essen (Elisabeth), in Stuttgart (Tanz der Vampire, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, 42nd Street, Elisabeth), in Köln/Cologne (Jekyll & Hyde), and at the international musicalschool of Joop v.d. Ende in Hamburg he gave a three-day masterclass.

    During the International Musical Congres 2002 in Hamburg he was guestspeaker and member of the discussion board during a discussion about Musical education in Europe presenting the Netherlands. In Belgium he worked with soloist and the ensemble of the Little Mermaid-production (Studio 100 in Antwerpen). In Austria he worked in Vienna with the cast of Romeo and Julia (2005). Further masterclasses and coachings: Fontys Rockacademie, Musicallfactory at Factorium Tilburg, the Dutch Association of Singing teachers, the International Choirfestival. Musicals in the Netherlands where he coached the leading roles and/or the ensemble: Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, My fair lady, Petticoat, Miss Saigon, Sister Act (all Stage Entertainment), Hij gelooft in mij, Tita Tovenaar, Amandla Mandela. He coached also Nathalia and Silver for their performances in “Het Sportpaleis” in Antwerp Belgium With director and coach Marc Krone he gives many masterclasses for professionals. Lately Edward Hoepelman gave masterclasses/vocal lessons to members of the cast of Elisabeth, Sister Act, Mary Poppins and Mozart in Vienna, Austria.

  • Simon van 't Hoff

    Simon van't Hoff teaches piano in both classical and jazz/pop, practical harmony, and he is pianist at the dance academy.

    In 2000 Van't Hoff got his bachelor degree Jazz Piano, and in 2005 Classical Piano. Both at the Conservatory of Fontys, Tilburg. Besides his job at this Conservatory, van't Hoff playes in a number of ensembles (pop, jazzy, classical and cabaret), gives private lessons at his home in Tilburg, is member of the board of the VVTT (Theaters Tilburg), and is active as a kinetic artist (see YouTube for e.g. music boxes of Ravel and Mozart and a marble run specially created in request for amusementpark "The Efteling").

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  • Stef de Hond

    Stef de Hond has been working as a teacher at the Tilburg Conservatory since 2011. He gives subsidiary subject piano popular music on the professional training. He also teaches theory and ensemble at the preparatory training. At the Academy of Music Education, he gives subject piano and at Theater Academy he gives pop- and jazz ensemble.Stef completed the training light piano music in 2010 with pleasure. He is currently working on a Master of Music. Stef is working as a pianist, keyboardist, arranger and composer. He is as pianist and conductor involved in several musicals and theater shows of Stage Entertainment NL, Albert Verlinde Entertainment and SENF. He also works, both on tour and in the studio, regularly with several major artists. Stef has his own project together with drummer Willem van der Krabben: HYB. Jazz and electronic music are blending with analog synths, drums and live electronics.


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  • Ruud Huijbregts

    Ruud Huijbregts teaches Organ and is the representative of the keyboard department at the Fontys Conservatorium. He also teaches Musical History, Performance practice and Chambermusic. He studied organ, harpsichord and choral conducting at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg. Also he took part at many international masterclasses in organplaying and conducting. He teaches both organ and harpsichord at CKE in Eindhoven.

    Besides his work at Fontys Ruud Huijbregts is Director of Music at St.Catharinakerk as well as City-organist in Eindhoven. He is also Artisic Director of Collegium Musicum Eindhoven. He performed many concerts as organist, harpsichordist and conductor in The Netherlands and abroad, and recorded for Radio, TV and CD.

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  • Tim Kliphuis

    Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal. Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, regularly on tour with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, Kliphuis is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator. He has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award (International), has collaborated with the Richard Strauss Festival and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and is the curator of the Fifty Fiddles Festival, in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert hall.

    Tim is a Pirastro and DPA artist.“Winningly playful and technically brilliant” – The Scotsman
“One of the world’s finest fiddlers” – County Times
“Prodigiously talented, fearsomely fast and fun” – Time Out An in-demand educator, Kliphuis is the author of best-selling Mel Bay books ‘Stéphane Grappelli Gypsy Jazz Violin’ and ‘Grappelli Licks’, the ‘Hot Jazz Violin’ DVDs and Jazz Etudes on video. His workshops and masterclasses have been featured at festivals, conservatoires and summer courses in the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Japan and Europe.

    Tim teaches improvisation at the Amsterdam and Tilburg conservatoires and hosts the annual sell-out Grappelli-Django Camp back home in Holland every August.

  • Tim Langedijk

    Vision on teaching

    Jazz guitar at AMPA is versatile, profound and dares to take initiative. The journey starts with tradition (jazz & bebop), followed by deep dives into other styles, such as blues, latin, funk and fusion. Making you an all-round musician and therefore ready for the music industry. The lessons are focused on developing skills in timing, reading and technique. At the same time, you will develop in harmony, melody, dynamics, sound, form, composition and improvisation. Finally, you will get practical guidance to turn your ambitions into initiatives, in other words, learn to do business in the music industry. The AMPA teaching team includes musicians with a rich experience in jazz and related styles, but above all, they inspire students to truly master their instrument as well as all relevant aspects of creating music.


    Guitarist Tim Langedijk (b.1984) graduated cum laude at the conservatory of Rotterdam. With his trio, the Tim Langedijk Trio, he recorded 6 CD’s. He has toured internationally with the Metropole Orchestra, Gabriela Kozyra Quartet, QLESS and The Great Eyeballs. He is a sought-after studio guitarist in The Netherlands and works as an arranger for several productions. He is currently teaching at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg and the Conservatory of Haarlem.

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  • Marceau Lefèvre


    Born in Avignon, France, Marceau Lefèvre (1993*) started to play the bassoon at the age of 12 with professor Hervé Issartel. He followed his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) with professors Laurent Lefèvre and Fany Maselli.

    In 2015 he got accepted to the prestigious Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. He played and toured 2 years with this legendary orchestra and studied with professor Stefan Schweigert.

    Prizewinner of several international competitions ( first prize received unanimously, prize Pierre Salvi and prize Jean Paul Neu of the “FMAJI international competition Paris” France ; first prize of the “Hülsta woodwinds competition Muenster” Germany ; Bassoon Category winner prize, 2nd prize winner and prize of the best interpretation of the contemporary piece of the “AEOLUS Competition Düsseldorf” Germany ; “Wiener Klassik Preis” from the ISA Masterclass in Vienna Austria...) the young bassoonist performs regularly as soloist with orchestras such as the the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Kölner Kammerorchester, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, the Karajan Academy Orchestra, the Bayer Philharmoniker, the Orchestre Pasdeloup or the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein in such halls like the Berliner Philharmonie, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Altenberger Dom, the Schloss Esterhazy…..

    His debut CD “Arundo” released in 2015 with the pianist Kimiko Imani for the label “GWK record” received much acclaim (reviews in das Orchester, Musikzen….)

    Active chamber music player, the french musician does appear regularly as guest in many festivals like “Chapeau Klassik” and “Summer winds” Muenster, “Festival de Pâques de Deauville”, “Folle Journee” Tokyo, “Tons voisins” Albi or “Moments musicaux” La Baule. He got the chance to perform concerts couple of times with the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin during his Berlin time.

    Passionate about the orchestral repertoire, the bassoon player had his first main orchestral experiences as member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra. He does now regularly performs as guest principal bassoon in major orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre National de France, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra Seoul, the Staatsorchester Hamburg or the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

    Since September 2017, Marceau Lefèvre is the principal bassoon player of the Brussels Philharmonic. Beside this, he is playing regularly with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra.

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  • Martien Maas

    Martien Maas studied classical piano with Ton Demmers at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg, and took masterclasses from György Sebök and Ivo Pogorelich, among others. He graduated with a bachelor’s in classical piano (1988) and a “Performing musician” diploma (1990). He also received diplomas in piano accompaniment (1992), wind band conducting (1988), and music education (1987). Martien is active as a soloist, accompanying pianist, and conductor. As a pianist, he has performed with Steven Mead, Peter Damm, and Walter Boeykens, among others. He has appeared on radio and television, and recorded several CDs. He has also performed extensively outside of the Netherlands, in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Spain.

    Martien is currently a teacher, an accompanying pianist (corepetitor), and the chairman of the examination board at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Many of his former students now hold positions in professional orchestras or ensembles. Martien is also active as a freelance pianist and conductor.

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  • Jolente De Maeyer

    Jolente De Maeyer received her first violin lessons at the age of four. When she was 14 years old, Jolente was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. She continued her studies with Natasha Boyarsky at the Royal College of Music in London, Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. At the age of 6, Jolente started participating in several national and international competitions. That year she became the youngest ever laureate of the Jong Tenuto Competition and also received First Prizes in the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels. Later on Jolente became a prizewinner in several international competitions like Cardona International Competition in Portugal, International Violin Competition Liana Issakadze in Russia (2004) and the Benjamin Britten International Violin competition in London (2005). She also became a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.

    Jolente performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonnie, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Nuove Musiche, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra. Conductors Jolente has worked with include Philippe Herreweghe, Patrick Davin, Etienne Siebens, Pascale Rophé, Silveer Van den Broeck, Dirk Brossé, James Stobart, Michel Tilkin, Stefaan Fraas, Alexander Chernushenko and Rudolf Werthen. In 2013 Jolente made her debut in America (Texas) with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Heyde, where she performed Tchaikovsky violin concerto. This was followed by a recital tour with Nikolaas Kende in Texas.

    In Belgium Jolente performs regularly in halls like Bozar, Flagey, the Elisabeth Hall, de Singel and the Roma and she participated in festivals such as the Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival de Montpellier and Menton. Furthermore, she has performed in countries such as Russia, France, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, The Netherlands, Spain, as well as in London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.

    Since 2003, Jolente has formed a duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende. Together they formed the Rubensensemble in 2007. Jolente recorded the 6th Violinconcerto of Henri Vieuxtemps in 2010 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Patrick Davin. This recording received the René Snepvangersprijs from the Belgian Music Press in 2011. In 2013 Jolente recorded de 2nd Violinconcerto of Saint Saëns with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Christian Arming.

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  • Ties Mellema

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    Vision on teaching - Ties Mellema


    “I don’t do styles; I play music. Not classical, not jazz, not pop, but any music that speaks to me and is a true expression of something. I am particularly curious about the music that lies between the styles.” Although Ties Mellema is undisputedly a virtuoso on the saxophone, he sees himself first and foremost as a musician. His craft is expressed in his continuous exploration of the outer limits of music.  

    From classical and minimal to improv, funk and jazz – Mellema has inhabited the space between the established styles and disciplines for over 20 years. He plays all saxes, but the baritone sax in particular, suits him down to a tee; a large instrument that demands the player goes to the extreme, in every aspect.  

    Taking on and then overcoming challenges and telling a story are always at the heart of his work. Whether it’s the false-polyphonic cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach on baritone saxophone, the monomaniac Gradus by Philip Glass or the extreme free jazz by his hero John Coltrane: Ties always goes in search of the boundaries of disciplines and the possibilities on his instrument. He continuously challenges himself to retell the music’s story. He lets his instrument speak – as opposed to sing, as is normally the case.

    His multi-facetted style of working has brought Ties worldwide recognition and collaborations with, to name but a few, Gustavo Dudamel, Concertgebouw Tracks, MTV, Tania Kross, the Four Baritones, Hans Dulfer, Remy van Kesteren  and Rembrandt Frerichs. Together with director Jos van Kan, composer Ian Wilson and stage designer Michiel Voet Ties made The End of Desire: a personal and abstract music theatre performance in which he incorporated his injury—an accident that almost meant the end of his career as a musician.

    In 2015 Ties fell seriously ill for a number of years and besides playing the saxophone he began composing with electronics. After 20 years of playing in the Amstel Quartet, which he co-founded, Ties decided it was time to follow his own path. He claims that since then, he has been making more intense and specifically more intuitive music. You can hear that in his concerts and his own compositions. On stage Ties tells a compelling story that draws in the listener and takes him along on an auditory journey.   

    Ties has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Netherlands Music Prize. Various albums featuring Ties, both as solo artist and ensemble player, were released by Amstel Records.    

  • Hardy Mertens

    Hardy Mertens is the head instructor of Wind Band Conducting within the Bachelor's, Master's, and Contract programs of the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. The curriculum is divided into three primary areas of study: conducting technique, composition/arranging, and research.

    Hardy studied Musicology at Utrecht University, and Composition and Wind Band Conducting at the Utrecht Conservatory. Afterwards, he was a clarinet player and arranger for the Royal Military Band in Den Haag. Hardy Mertens is active worldwide as a guest conductor, composer, teacher and contest judge. He is also a resident conductor of two Dutch wind bands.

  • Bram Nolf

    Oboist Bram Nolf (1970) received his education at the conservatories of Ghent, Rotterdam and Paris. His most important teachers were Paul Beelaerts, Emanuel Abbühl and David Walter.
    During his studies, he was selected for a number of international youth orchestras (Euro Youth Philharmonic, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, World Youth Orchestra, Shleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester), where he gained orchestral experience among conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Sanderling and Herbert Blomstedt. .
    Before joining the National Orchestra of Belgium as solo althoboist (at the end of 1999), Bram Nolf was core member of Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, I Fiamminghi, I Solisti del Vento, Emanon, Il Novecento, Dutch Ballet Orchestra and Symphony orchestra Flanders
    As a soloist he tries to bring both the traditional repertoire and innovative music. Among other things he was accompanied by the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, I Fiamminghi, Prima la Musica, the Dutch Ballet Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and l'Orchester Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.
    He also acts as a chambrist, often consciously choosing contemporary music and cross-over projects. For a few years now there has been "With a sound of oboe" (a performance with Kristien Hemmerechts around the eponymous collection of poems by Herman de Coninck), "The Beasty Boys" (a faunace concert with pianist Luc Devos and biologist Dirk Draulans), "Obolution" (a lecture-performance about the evolution of the oboe, together with baroque hoboist Marcel Ponseele) and "De Toverfluit in a note (n) dop" (a mini-Mozart opera with fellow oboist Piet Van Bockstal and actress Maaike Cafmeyer).
    Together with four colleagues from the National Orchestra he forms "5 Beaufort", a woodwind quintet that focuses on the great quintet oeuvre, with special attention for the Belgian composers.
    With these different ensembles and projects he was responsible for several interesting concerts: the concert in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam for the Dutch and Belgian royal couple, the tribute concert for Manuel Barroso on the occasion of his farewell as President of the European Commission, a concert for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the occasion of his visit to Brussels and two concerts in Jakarta (Indonesia) for the Belgian Economic Mission headed by Princess Astrid.
    In 2008 he was invited by the University of Newcastle Australia to collaborate on a research project on the construction of the oboe reed. This resulted in "the Oboe Reed Making DVD", a documentary DVD distributed worldwide, in which he and a number of other specialists give their vision on the construction of the oboe reed.
    Bram Nolf's discography embraces, among other things, baroque concertos with the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, by Patrick Peire, the complete oeuvre for woodwinds by Joseph Jongen with 5 Beaufort and music.

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  • Hans van Oosterhout

    Vision on teaching

    I believe that students should come to AMPA because AMPA offers a program which will help you develop both your skills as a musician and your artistic capacities. We have well-trained teachers who also perform much, in various genres.

    I willI teach my students to make music in every situation. Subjects of my lessons: grooves, rhythms, improvisation, reading scores, solos, odd meters, and much more. All of this in various styles, jazz being the most important style.

    My lessons are dynamic and laidback, but I avoid comfort zones. I will review your strong suits as well as your weaknesses with you. This will allow us to create a programme that suits your capacities and interests.


    Hans van Oosterhout is the main teacher drums at Fontys Jazz. All styles and disciplines will be taught in his lessons. His specialisation is jazz music therefore his focus of teaching is rooted in the jazz. Important in his lessons is development of craft together with a high artistic level. After graduating from high school, he is immediately admitted to the Jazz Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Even before finishing his studies, he is offered a position as a drum teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory, a position today he still holds since 1987. As a teacher he had students like Neil van der Drift, Jasper van Hulten, Mark Schilders, Arthur Lijten, Koen Lieckens, Tom Nieuwenhuijse and many more. Over the years Hans has established himself as one of the most sought after drummers of Europe. His music is heard on more than 100 CD’s. He has been performing with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Oscar Castro-Neves, Nat Adderley, Ivan Paduart, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Burton, Benny Golson, Marc Johnson, Nelson Veras, Harmen Fraanje, Benny Golson, Jesse van Ruller, Peter Tiehuis, Deborah Brown, Eliane Elias, Dee Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Metropole Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Pete King, Peter Hertmans, Richard Galliano, Chico Freeman, Harold Land, Von Freeman, Lionel Loueke, Johnny Griffin, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Gino Vannelli, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Sylvain Luc and many others. Both critics and fellow musicians appreciate Hans for his great flexibility and ability to adapt himself in almost any musical situation.

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  • Liset Pennings

    Liset Pennings was born in 1985 in the Netherlands. She began her flute studies at the Fontys Conservatorium as a student of Leon Berendse, and she graduated in 2008 with distinction. Liset completed her Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music (June 2010) in London with distinction, learning with William Bennett and Karen Jones, and was awarded the Dip RAM for an outstanding Final Exam.

    Liset has given numerous solo performances and has been performing in famous concert halls, like the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Kings Place in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Tonhall in Zürich, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski and Trevor Pinnock.

    Her prizes include: European Competition for flute (2nd prize and public prize), Jonathan Myall Piccolo Competition (1st prize) Chris Taylor Flute Prize (2010) Leverhulme Orchestral Mentor Scholarship (2010)

    Liset was on trial for: principal flute in London Philharmonic Orchestra (2013/14) sub principal flute in Welsh National Opera (2011/12, 2014/15) BBC National Orchestra of Wales (2009/10, 2013/14) and for principal piccolo in Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (2011/12)

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  • Hans Raaijmakers

    Education lecturer in Snare-­‐drum technique (rudimental/classical) and mallets.Education lecturer methodology percussion/drums.Member of the education-­‐team.Hans graduated as bachelor and master in 1992 from the Brabants Conservatory.He also attended lessons with Nick Woud and Georg Breier. Since his study he played in several orchestras:Brabant Orchestra,Rotterdam PhilharmonicOrchestra,Radio Filharmonic Orchestra,Gelders Orchestra, Noord-­‐Hollands Philharmonic Orchestra.He also was co-­‐founder of the percussion ensemble Attacca,with wich he gave concerts through al of the Netherlands,Japan and England. Today Hans is teaching at Fontys Conservatory, and Stars on Stage Vught(drums/percussion).He plays as free-­‐lance percussionist in Philharmonie Zuidnederland, and plays drums in several formations and projects.He is currently concentrating on developing his improvisationskills,with the fabulous Vincent Houdijk.

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  • Margriet van Reisen

    Vision on teaching

    My singing teaching has been described as holistic, and I guess I understand why. In the individual lessons I focus on the vocal technique, building the instrument, as well as making the student stronger in body and mind and inviting the student to develop in musicality and expression. So they feel comfortable and sing with open heart and soul. I use clear vocal, technical exercises and learn the student as soon as possible to be his or her own teacher. That's very important, since they practice many hours on their own. If needed I use Qigong or breathing exercises.

    What I like most is that singing is so very individual, nobody has the same voice, and nobody knows how a voice is going to develop. Sometimes students are surprised by the sound they produce. One of my students laughed after she sang for the first time powerful, free top notes and then commented : "Wow, now I have to work with this sound emotionally, I need to feed it with emotions and expressions belonging to this voice and repertoire ". And another student once said : "Ah, now I see what you mean, I feel the air turning circles behind my nose ", describing a first sense of resonance.

    For me it's most important that the student feels safe and respected. When we are at ease we are most open to learn and pick up new information. Humor and self-reflection are also beneficial in the process of becoming a singer.


    Margriet van Reisen has performed all over the world with orchestras and ensembles like the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Percussion Den Haag, and many more, working together with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Richard Hickox, Neeme Järvi, Jonathan Nott, Reinbert de Leeuw and many others. She appeared in the Festivals of Salzburg, Melbourne, Huddersfield, Santander, San Sebastian, Wien Modern, the Holland Festival and the Grachtenfestival and many other spectacular occasions. Margriet van Reisen’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque (e.g. J.S. Bach’s Passions) to the newest music like Ligeti, Boulez, Schönberg and Gubaidulina. She performed in the opera houses of Toulouse, Brussels (La Monnaie), Valencia, Lyon, Antwerp and Amsterdam, where she premiered After Life, the groundbreaking opera by Michel van der Aa, that has since traveled the world with the same cast. Some of her performances and repertoire can be seen on her website

    The recordings of Margriet van Reisen with repertoire by Ligeti (Requiem), Mahler (Das Lied von der Erde), Roentgen (songs by this Dutch composer) and others are highly regarded amongst listeners and critics. Margriet van Reisen was trained at the Utrecht Conservatory and completed her studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was awarded the press prize in the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch, first prize in Guildhall’s Schubert competition and she was a laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2000. Since September Margriet has started as a vocal teacher at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts Tilburg, the Netherlands.

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  • Maino Remmers

    Maino Remmers was born on 25 February 1959 in 's-Hertogenbosch. As a boy soprano of the Schola-cantorum choir of St. John's cathedral, Maino had his first musical experiences. He soon became soloist and stayed with the choir until he was 24 years old.

    Encouraged by the then conductor Maurice Pirenne (musicologist, composer and organist), Maino decided, after having rounded off secondary school, to start studying singing. At the Brabants conservatory, Marius van Altena advised him to wait a few more years because his voice was still developing. In the meantime he could start studying musicology. Maino followed this advice and in the period of 1977 - 1985 he studied musicology, mass communication, choral conducting and organ at the university of Utrecht. In 1985, he graduated by writing an instrumentation method for big band and didn't want to become a singer anymore.

    As a student, Maino became totally fascinated by light music. He started The Remmers Big Band which performed at a number of gala nights and important events. After graduation, he stopped doing this and started to work as a freelance composer, arranger and conductor.

    As a conductor, Maino worked with various famous artists, such as Cubop Big Band, Benjamin Herman's New Cool Collective, Denise Jannah, The Rosenberg Trio, Bob Brookmeyer, Azucaraba, Gerald, Berend Strik (theatre), stand-up comedian Kees van der Zwaard, Jan Verwey etc, etc, but also with the Fanfarekorps Koninklijke Landmacht and the Europees Jeugd Orkest.
    At the moment, Maino is the conductor of Big Band Oss, the Tilburg Big Band, the Mid West Band (police big band) and the salsa formation La Ritmica '93.
    Since 1997, he teaches arranging classes at the Brabants conservatory and furthermore he is a consultant for the International Composition Contest in Helmond.

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  • Bart Rodyns


    “…The only non-brass player was organist Bart Rodyns ,who did crucial and subtle work in ensemble capacities and as a poised soloist in several delights…”  (American tour, Early Music @ Pittsburgh)

    “…Although its grand conclusion, featuring Bart Rodyns’s gutsy organ-playing, sets the seal on some splendid music-making…” (Review Gramophone @ UK)

    “…Et on n’oubliera pas la juste virtuosité du soutien instrumental, dominé par le clavecin de Bart Rodyns, autre nom incontournable du programme…” (Review @ Paris)

    Bart Rodyns collected several prizes at a very young age. He first studied organ/harpsichord with Dieter Van Handenhoven. Later he studied at the Music Conservatories of Antwerp and Maastricht. His principal teachers were Dorthy de Rooij, Hans Leenders, Joris Verdin and Marcel Verheggen. He concluded his studies with a Master of Music for Organ and Theory with the highest distinction.

    Bart won several prizes at international competitions in Birmingham (UK) and Leiden (NL), and in Belgium (Brussels, Halle, and Kortrijk). He has made recordings for the Belgian, Dutch, French, Danish and Hungarian radio and was nominated for famous classical Radio: Klara’s Music Award 2010. In 2014, he was awarded a "golden label". In March 2017, he received the Culture Award of the City of Lier (B) because of his special merits in the field of culture. He plays concerts all over Europe and the USA.

    The vocal and instrumental ensemble Euterpe BaroqueConsort of which Bart is the artistic leader and keyboard player interprets authentic music on historical instruments. In 2015 there appeared a highly praised CD with 4 organ concerts from G.F. Handel and M. Corrette. Recently there was the CD release with unpublished music of W.G. Kennis & Ch. Drymans (Label Phaedra). In October 2016 Euterpe BC completed the Integral recording of Handel Organ concertos (Op.4). He is the preferred keyboard player of Wim Becu’s ensemble Oltremontano (2 recordings, label Accent). And at the end of 2015, he re-established the historical ensemble The Party (1860) in which he plays the pressure reed organ, with soprano Hendrickje van Kerckhove, violinist Eliot Lawson and double bass player Lode Leire. They made a recording (UK Tour 1860) for the label ZeD Classics. And in 2018 together with Nicolas Callot, he recorded an LP and CD with works for harmonium and piano by C. Franck.

    He works frequently with Les Muffatti, Oltremontano, Utopia, BachPlus, InAlto, Brussels Philharmonic, Osiris Brass, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra,…

    Bart Rodyns also collects historical keyboards, including harpsichords (replica of Ruckers and Delin), continuo organs (Moors & Skrabl), an Erard square piano (1803), a Mustel Kunstharmonium (1910) and 6 other 19th-century reed organs (Debain and Alexandre), Mustel Celesta (1887),... He is also appointed as organist of the famous Forceville organ (ca.1720) at Broechem. His repertoire includes music from the Renaissance up to contemporary music.

    From next academic year, Mr. Bart Rodyns will be appointed as professor Organ/Harpsichord/Harmonium at Fontys Academy of Music Tilburg in the Master of Music Program.

    “…For me, the highlight of this whole Klara day was the high-quality performance of the Euterpe baroque ensemble, Director Bart Rodyns. They knew how to combine great professional skills with a deliberate and well-chosen fragility…” (Knack @ BOZAR)

    “…The Consort is an example for all baroque ensembles. Euterpe is not only striving for perfection, its members listen carefully to each other and play accordingly. The performance was full of dynamics and good taste. Euterpe’s playing was truly appealing with nothing being left to chance: all ornaments were right, the phrasing was precise and the agogic perfect. In other words, this concert was a pure pleasure for the ear and a delightful moment of warmth and relaxation…” (PZC @ Muziekpodium Zeeland)

    “…Still there was a link between the Gregorian and Kurdish sound universes, in their shared purity, sense of infinity, power to stir and respectfulness. The latter term also applied to the deeply focused performance of the Euterpe Baroque Consort and Capella Pratensis and director Bart Rodyns…” (Eindhovens Dagblad @ Oirschot)

    “…During the interludes, I actually experienced a gentle wink and friendly smile to the soul. The applause was never-ending, which put a satisfied smile on all performers’ faces. It was a well-deserved ovation, as I felt I had witnessed, on that Sunday, April 1st, something ‘Flemish of incredible beauty’.” (Nieuwsblad @ Antwerp)

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  • David Romanello

    David Romanello received his Bachelor of Music in 2012 at the Conservatory in Tilburg. After which he completed his Master Of Music in 2014 with a 9 and an own CD, called "Youngster".

    Meanwhile David has gained extensive experience in professional practice. For example, in 2008 he toured Europe with soul legend Percy Sledge with which, among others, countries such as Belgium, Germany, France, Austria and Monaco were visited. In addition, David participated in Siena Jazz in the Summer of 2010. Here he has had lessons from, among others, Jim Snidero, Bobby Watson, Michael Blake, Avishai Cohen and Omer Avital. All established names in the international Jazz scene.

    David won the Middelburg Jazz Festival on 28 May 2012 and participated in the first edition of the Conservatorium Talent Award in 's-Hertogenbosch. Also in that year David was nominated by the Fontys School of the Arts for the Jack de Leeuw prize.

    2013 was dominated by several international tours. Together with the Chelsea Foreman Quintet, David played in and around the Chinese Shanghai. He toured Slovenia with his own quartet. And with the Frank Windemuller Quartet he traveled to Portugal. With this last occupation he managed to place himself in the same year for the final of the Dutch Jazz Competition and he played in the Bimhuis.

    In 2015, David traveled to China for a second time. This time with the band N.E.I-L for a tour of 5 weeks where they have given more than 20 concerts in the largest theater and concert halls of China.

    At the moment, David is busy with BOSCO. This small-bigband currently has a partnership with Liptease. This band was in the final of Holland's Got Talent in 2014. BOSCO currently also has a partnership with the Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation and BOSCO is working on its own work.

    In addition to his own quartet, trio, NEIL and BOSCO, David plays with, among others, Dr. Brass, SOUL !, horn section The Hornaments.

    Since 2017, David Romanello is principal subject teacher of saxophone jazz at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg.

  • Marc van Rooij

    Vision on teaching

    The double bass, what a great instrument and what a major role it plays in music! The bass of course primarily lays the indispensable foundation under almost any style of music. But it also evoluated and imancipated into a full solo instrument. You will learn how to carry the music, harmonically, ritmically and with regard to sound. Playing the double bass is very physical, and to do this a whole concert long is very demanding for fingers, tendons, joints and muscles. You will learn a proper technique and how to responsibly build up power and stamina, you will learn how to get the most out of your bass without getting injuries.


    Marc van Rooij loves laying the foundation under jazz, classical or tango, and all the other expressive possibilities his bass offers. He joins Qless ( and the Rob van Bavel Trio, and he played, toured and recorded with great jazzartists like Johnny Griffin, Deborah Brown, Dee Daniels, Bob Mintzer, Woody Shaw, John Ruocco, Bert Joris and many others. He also plays in the Dutch symphony orchestras, tango in Grupo del Sur and Tango Extremo, and in the theaters with famous Dutch artists like Toon Hermans. He composes and arranges, and actively promotes double bass playing by children. Marc is also head of the AMPA jazzdepartment.

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  • Vitaly Samoshko


    A multi-awarded performer and gifted record artist, Vitaly Samoshko is one of the greatest piano talents of our time. Participant to many major festivals worldwide, performer alongside famous orchestras and conductors, teacher to young talents, he shares his impetuous and ardent musical love with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

    Vitaly Samoshko was born in Kharkiv city, Ukraine in 1973. At age five, he showed such musical promise he was granted a very early admission to the Kharkiv Special Music School. Professor Leonid Margarius started teaching him in 1985. He would continue tutoring Vitaly first at the Conservatory of Kharkiv (1991-1996), then in Imola, Italy at the Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro”.

    As an international piano prize winner, Vitaly’s talent attracted critical attention when he was awarded with 2nd prizes at the 1993 F. Busoni Competition, 1995 Senigallia International Piano Competition, 1996 Concours International de Piano de Montréal and 1998 A. Rubinstein Piano Master Competition. In 1999, a first prize in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium firmly established his rising musical star and brought his solo career to a worldwide soar. He has since performed in over 25 countries, such as Zurichs Tonhalle, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Metropolitan Museum and Steinway Hall in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and Japanese Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Okayama Symphony Hall, the Kyoto Concert Hall and Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires.

    Samoshko has contributed to many major festivals, amongst which the Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany, French Festival de Montpellier Radio France and Festival de Besançon, the Festival Música Romântica in Switzerland, Yokohama International Piano Festival in Japan, Savannah Onstage Festival in the United States, the Canadian Festival International de Lanaudière, the Festival d’Echternach and Bourglinster Festival in Luxembourg, the Chopin Piano Festival in Poland as well as Belgian Festival of Flanders, Festival d’Aulne and Festival de Wallonie in Belgium.

    During his many musical travels, he has enjoyed the honour of performing with world-class orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchester der Beethovenhalle, the St. Petersburg State Symphony and Orchestre National de Lille.

    Though a young performer, he has collaborated with some outstanding and acclaimed conductors, establishing partnerships with resounding names such as Charles Dutoit, Edvard Tchivzhel, Marc Soustrot, Gilbert Varga, Mendi Rodan, Georges Octors, Kazufumi Yamashita, David Shallon, Arthur Fagen, Otaka Tadaaki, Louis Langrée, Paul Daniel and David Angus.

    Finally, his track record includes a number of recorded broadcasts for Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva, Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne, Klara and “Musique 3” in Brussels. He has also recorded with various labels and TV stations.

    In 2001, Vitaly made Belgium his second home. The relocation has made his career thrive. In 2003, he recorded a double CD with the new label Lineair Art Transfer. The recording features works by Schubert, Schumann, Scriabin and Prokofiev (LAT 2003-01). His second album, Piano Studies Scriabin (LAT 2005-02), was prestigiously awarded ‘Best international CD 2005’ by Classic Radio Klara (VRT). His third CD, the 2006 rendition of Rachmanoff’s ‘Les Etudes-Tableaux’ (LAT 2006-03), completes an outstanding recording triptych. Regularly invited to give master classes a 2005 professor appointment at the Conservatory of Ghent confirmed academic appreciation for his outstanding track record. From 2007 onwards he is a jury member and adviser for international competitions.

    The latest in the serie of records is the release in May 2009 of a DVD & CD (LAT 2009-04), containing a magnum opus, the Pianoconcerto N°3, in D minor, op.30 of Sergei Rachmaninoff. In concert Vitaly Samoshko with the, conducted by Jonas Alber. (Live recording – De Blauwe Zaal the Singel – Antwerp, 30th November 2008). In the course of this extraordinary professional journey, Vitaly Samoshko has developed himself into a remarkable soloist. His performances have come to demonstrate a highly developed, subtle and enchanting musical personality, excelling both in concert programs and recordings. Thanks to his outstanding experiences alongside leading world orchestras and conductors, Vitaly Samoshko considers performing alongside them not just as a privilege but also as so many glorious moments of joy.

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  • Jacq Sanders

    Jacq Sanders was born in Venlo, The Netherlands in 1961. He studied trumpet and conducting at the Conservatorium Maastricht from 1980 to 1986. He is currently Professor of Trumpet at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg, The Netherlands, where he teaches classical trumpet performance. As a freelance orchestral player, Jacq has played with several professional orchestras and chamber orchestras in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. In 1999, Jacq was appointed as 2nd trumpet of The Arnheim Philharmonic Orchestra (Het Gelders Orkest). Jacq is also in demand as a soloist, coach of brass groups, and conductor of wind bands. More information can be found at his website:

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  • Paulien van Schaik
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    Jazz singer and songwriter Paulien van Schaik studied at the Conservatory of Utrecht and at Berklee College of music in Boston. She sang with numerous bands, at musical theatre shows, with a gospel choir, and performed as a singer songwriter. After her studies she started a collaboration with bass player Hein van de Geyn. Together they recorded 3 cd's, inviting trumpeter Bert Joris as a special guest on one of them. ('In Summer) They toured national and international jazz stages extensively. The duo, that mainly plays standard jazz repertoire, received an Edison Award (Dutch Grammy) for their first live recording. (‘Tenderly). Meanwhile Paulien’s focus is more and more on writing her own repertoire. With pianist Mike Boddé she did some try out concerts with mostly new repertoire. Plans for recording these songs are being made.

    In 2007 Paulien was invited do start a vocal jazz class at the conservatory of Tilburg, where she is teaching ever since, building a solid and safe educational environment where singers can bloom and grow. Every year she tours different conservatories in Holland, when invited do be an external committee member for exams at the conservatories of Maastricht, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Amsterdam.

  • Keiko Shichijo

    Pianist & fortepianist Keiko Shichijo is a special voice in both the Classical and new music worlds. Her traditional Japanese sensibilities combined with her knowledge of European historical performance practices shape her unique vision, and this is reflected in her feeling for the music, the instruments and the story behind them.

    Hailing from Japan and residing in the Netherlands for more than a decade, she is active around the world playing both solo and chamber music. She is a prizewinner in many international competitions, including twice the International Early Music Competition (solo and duo) in Brugge, Belgium, the International Early Music Competition "A Tre" in Trossingen in Germany and the Minkoff Prize from the music publisher, Edition Minkoff, and has performed in many international festivals such as the festivals Printemps Des Arts (France), Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival (Holland), MA Festival (Belgium), La Folle Journée Tokyo (Japan). In 2012, the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments in Japan released her first fortepiano solo CD of works by Schubert. Her second solo CD “6 Dances by Komitas Vardapet”, released in 2016, earned unanimous praise in the international press and was featured on the national Dutch TV program Vrije Geluiden.

    Keiko Shichijo has a violin/fortepiano duo with renowned violinist Cecilia Bernardini which performs regularly throughout Europe.

    As a specialist in contemporary music Keiko has worked with many composers, including Helmut Lachenmann, Tom Johnson, Johannes Kalitzke, Jürg Frey, Roscoe Mitchell en Bernhard Lang. Recently she premiered a concerto with the Janacek Philharmonic.

    “..purity of sounds-breathtaking…” “..Her sound filled the hall as one huge warm blanket…”

    Since September 2017 she teaches piano and fortepiano at the Fontys Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg.

    Keiko Shichijo studied fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland and organ with Pieter van Dijk at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and specialized contemporary music with Daan Vandewalle in Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium.

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  • Etienne Siebens

    Etienne Siebens’ rise as conductor to international musical prominence has been an astonishing phenomenon. Early on in his career, he was invited to give guest performances with several orchestras in Belgium and The Netherlands. Invitations from England, Germany, Italy, France and Spain were soon to follow. The press wrote about him that he was: “… the coming-man in the conducting-poor Belgium…”

    He studied conducting under Lucas Vis, Hiroyuki Iwaki and Jorma Panula. His repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work and encompasses all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. National and international reviews are unanimously favourable.

    From 1992 till 2008 Etienne Siebens was the artistic leader and concert director of the Prometheus Ensemble which he himself had founded. During this period the Prometheus Ensemble became one of the most important ensembles worldwide due to its distinct character. They were invited to perform in renowned concert series and at festivals at home and abroad, such as the Festival of Flanders, Festival Musica Strassbourg, Festival Octobre and Normandy, Convent Garden Festival and the Festival Académies Musical de Saintes. In 2013 Etienne Siebens conducted at the prestigious opera festival in Aix-en-Provence and a tour through Europe. In June 2014 Siebens will conduct a new opera from Martijn Padding with “De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam”.

    In 2001 Siebens was appointed permanent guest conductor from the Flemish Radio Orchestra. In 2002 he successfully conducted the Holland Festival production ‘Karkas’ by De Bondt. In addition to this, Amsterdam Sinfonietta invited him to perform in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Siebens also gave a series of concerts together with the Nederlands Blazersensemble, performing Andriessen's “De Staat”, Asko/Schönberg performing Harisson Birtwistle’s ‘Theseus Game’ in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Klangforum Wien during the Festival Wien Modern, concert and the world premiere of a new opera by Luca Francesconi. After that Etienne Siebens has been invited to conduct concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Asko| Schönberg, MusikFabrik, Klangforum Wien, Psappha Ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre de l’opera de Rouen, Ghent's Collegium Vocale and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Recently cd-recordings were released of performances with The Hague Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, the Flemish Symphony Orchestra (a cd-box containing a four disk live recording), the Radio Chamber Orchestra with music of Michael van der Aa and a recording with Asko|Schönberg with the work of Martijn Padding.

    Siebens worked with soloists such as Hannigan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, José van Dam, Christianne Stotijn, Quirine Viersen, Frank Braley, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Claron McFadden and Pieter Wispelwey. He also worked very closely with composers as: Maurico Kagel, György Kurtag, Peter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, Michel Van der Aa, Louis Andriessen, Harisson Birtwistle, P.M.Davies, Philippe Boesmans.

    Etienne Siebens was the Artistic Director of the Prometheus Ensemble and from 2004 till 2010 chief-conductor from the Flemisch Symphony Orchestra. Recently he became ‘Artist in Residence’ of Solisti del Vento and permanent guest conductor of Asko|Schönberg.

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  • Martijn Sohier


    Born on the 22nd of November 1965 in Apeldoorn, Holland. Finished his study in 1989 at the Conservatory of Hilversum.

    Martijn Sohier started his professional career at the age of 18, playing lead in the Glenn Miller Orchestra. After that, many big bands, groups and orchestra’s followed. As a lead and soloist he played in many bands like the Skymasters and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra. With a few of his musical friends he started in the ’90 s, The New Concert Big Band, which became later the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.  

    As an allround, free-lance section player he’s doing a lot of shows, recording sessions, studio-, television- and theater productions. As a result of that he played with a variety of international artists like Al Jarreau, Simply Red, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Oleta Adams, Michael Brecker, Benny Golson, Paul Young, Jessey Norman, Mike Stern, Toots Tielemans, Art Garfunkel, Alan Parsons, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, Jacob Collier and of course the wellknown Metropole Orchestra.

    In 2008 his debut album ‘Return of the Elephant’ was released. It was nominated for the Edison Jazz Award of that year.

    An important part of his musical life consists of teaching his skills and knowlegde to new generations musicians.

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  • Jenny Spanoghe

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    Teaching philosophy - Jenny Spanoghe


    Jenny Spanoghe is a passionate concert violinist and altist with great virtuosity and expression.

    Jenny Spanoghe studied at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent, she completed her studies at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Georges Octors and followed Master Classes at Semeon Snytkowski and Philip Hirchhorn. Jenny Spanoghe won a lot of national and international prizes: she became first at the national Pro Civitate competition, won the Fuga Prize of Sabam and 'Fondale de la Fondation de France' twice, in Paris.

    Jenny founded in 2000 the successful Duo Landini with organist Jan Van Landeghem, the Landini piano trio with Paul Hermsen and Geert De Bièvre. Jenny realized about 25 CD recordings, giving concerts and Master Classes all over the world.

    As violin and viola teacher she is affiliated with the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) in Tilburg. She was an extraordinary teacher at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, taught for several decades at the Academy for Performing Arts in Overijse and looks proudly at a long line of young violinists formed by her and making their way into music.

    In 1996 she was presented with the Fuga Prize for her chamber music contribution as a defender of Belgian contemporary music, and in 2009 for her solo contribution. Jenny Spanoghe is an all-round artist: she makes paintings, exhibits regularly and has written ten volumes of poems, also in French. Jenny Spanoghe plays on an exceptional viola by Thomas Meeuwissen, 2002, on a unique violin Gand & Bernardel of 1877 and on the innovative five-stringed alto by Luc Deneys, Mirecourt, 2005. Bows by Pierre Guillaume, Jean-Pascale Nehr and Robert Pierce.

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  • Ernestine Stoop

    Ernestine Stoop was born in Utrecht, and began studying harp at the age of eleven with Titia Tieman-van der Laars. She earned her solo diploma in 1980, studying with Edward Witsenburg at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She then studied for two years with the legendary harpist Pierre Jamet, who was the leading authority on the works of Claude Debussy, and who worked with the composer himself on the pieces written for harp. Ernestine also studied chamber music in Salzburg with the violinist Sandor Végh.

    After playing for 11 years with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ernestine is now focusing on her career as a soloist, chamber musician (with HarpDuo Rave and Trio Janacek), and teacher. She is also a member of the Nieuw Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, and Asko|Schönberg.

    She is the harp-professor at the Royal College of Music in the Hague, and at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. As a soloist, Ernestine has performed with such conductors as Hans Vonk, Ernest Bour, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, David Porcelijn, Ed Spanjaard, Reinbert de Leeuw, Rogier van Otterloo, and James Last. She has recorded classical as well as contemporary music. In addition, she has worked closely with with well-known artists like Mathile Santing and Toots Tielemans, and participated in theater- and film productions (e.g. with the Malinese Kora player Toumani Diabate). She has also enjoyed numerous, productive sessions with such composers as Mauricio Kagel, Isang Yun, Stockhausen, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Franco Donatoni, Unsuk Chin, Tan Dun, Guo Wenjing, Theo Loevendie, and Guus Janssen, preparing their compositions for world-premier performances.

    Ernestine initiated the 3rd and 5th European Harp Symposia (1995 and 2001) in Amsterdam, and gave the first performance of Guo Wenjing’s ​Concerto for H​ arp and Lyric Soprano in Amsterdam in 2001. She was also the artistic director of the prestigious 10th World Harp Congress, which took place in 2008 in the MuziekGebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. In addition, she is Officer of the Board of the World Harp Congress, Inc. Recently, Ernestine has had built for herself a Carillo harp. This is a unique 16th-tone instrument designed by Juan Carrillo, a Mexican composer of the early 20th century.

    Ernestine’s last CD was released in 2012 and was very enthusiastically received. The CD ​includes the whole cycle, ​Miroirs, by Maurice Ravel, whose music Ernestine adapted for two harps. She has also arrang​ ed ​On an Overgrown Path by Leos Janacek for flute/alto flute, harp, and cello.

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  • Aart Strootman

    Pioneering guitarist Aart Strootman (1987) throws a solid knock on the door of the music business of our times. His intellect and frank, fresh view on musical genres and styles justify a most prominent position in the music scene. His carreer started during highschool, when he received lessons from Dick Hoogeveen and Jorge Oraison at the Rotterdam conservatory. After secondary school he continued his studies in Tilburg with Hein Sanderink, obtaining his Bachelor's in Music cum laude in 2008. Subsequent studies with Marlon Titre, Elliott Fisk and Scott Tennant resulted in a cum laude Master's in Music with the highest grade (10/10) at Conservatory Fontys & Zuyd in 2010. At the same institute he graduated with a Master's in Music Theory and at the University of Utrecht he obtained a MA in Musicology. Since 2009 Aart Strootman teaches music history, (advanced) eartraining, analysis, philosophy and performance studies at the Fontys School of Arts in Tilburg. With percussionist Arnold Marinissen he is artistic leader of contemporary music ensemble F.C. Jongbloed. An ensemble commisioning new works by students composition from all over the Netherlands combined with material from the most recent music history. He is a member of a collective of composers programming the contemporary chamber music series De Link in Tilburg. In Strootman / Stadhouders, a duo with guitarist Bram Stadhouders, he plays music that blends improvised and minimal music. In 2012 he found minimalchamber-metal band TEMKO. Besides that he regularly plays guitar at ensemble Lunatree, Klang, StarGaze and played together with dance companies T.R.A.S.H. and Club Guy&Roni. In 2012 Aart Strootman was awarded “Brandstof” talent by the BKKC, followed the next two years by MuziekLab’s “New Arrivals”. In 2014 Aart was granted “Nieuwe maker” by the Dutch Fund of Performing Arts. With this support he follows masterclasses composition with Nik Bärtsch in Zürich, Steven Mackey at Princeton university and Georg Friedrich Haas at Columbia university. He has played solo with Britten Sinfonia, the Radio Orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk and the New York Philharmonic. As a soloist he played recitals at the most diverse venues: from local museums to the Barbican Hall, from Amsterdam to Wellington. Most of these concerts are given on homemade instruments developed via elaborate collaborations with composers. An 8-string guitar was made for Steve Reich, a 5-string tabletop instrument for Anthony Fiumara and so forth. As a composer Aart is working for the theatre collective EELT and wrote music for numerous theatre plays. Also he wrote music for F.C. Jongbloed, DissonArt Ensemble, TEMKO, Ramon Lormans, Jacqueline Hamelink, Vincent van Amsterdam and many others. Notations he made for Lunapark, TEMKO and Wouter Snoei.

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  • Renske Taminiau

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  • Raffaela Tibasco

    In 2000 I started as a teacher at FHK Conservatory Tilburg. I was so excited about it that I wrote my own method especially for classic/opera singers. This method consists of 4 parts: pronunciation, grammar, exercises and analysis of arias and operas, a list of old and modern Italian vocabulary.

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  • Paul Uyterlinde

    Paul Uyterlinde began cello lessons at the age of twelve in Middelburg, in the Netherlands, with Martin Zagwijn. Under the tutelage of Jean Decroos he received his performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He participated in master classes given by Maurice Gendron, Heinrich Schiff, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Boris Pergamenschikov. Since 1991, Paul Uyterlinde has been solo cellist of the Brabant Philharmonic Orchestra. In conjunction with various orchestras he has frequently played the Concerti for Cello by Schumann, Elgar, Lalo, Dvorak, Saint-Saëns and Haydn, plus the Brahms Double Concerto. His solo performances include collaborations with conductors Eri Klas, Libor Pesek, Lucas Vis, Jacques Mercier, Michel Tabachnik, and Marc Soustrot, to name but a few. Paul performed the Schumann Cello Concerto together with the Brabant Philharmonic and Maestro Moshe Atzmon to great acclaim during the 2011 season. Several concerts are planned in the Netherlands and abroad with the Ayur trio, which comprises Paul Uyterlinde, Adelina Hasani and Hülya Keser, Paul Uyterlinde is Professor of Cello at the Tilburg Conservatory in the Netherlands and gives master classes on a regular basis at other music academies such as those of Brno, Lodz, Biel, Gent, and Wroczlaw. He plays a rare cello made in 1742 by Lorenzo Guadagnini.

  • Eddy Vanoosthuyse

    The career of Eddy Vanoosthuyse cannot be described in a nutshell, over the years he has evolved into one of the most respected clarinet players of his generation.

    He works with orchestras such as 'I Pommerigi Musicali/Milano', 'Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra', 'Vancouver Chamber Orchestra', 'Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra/Caracas', Shanghai Symphony', 'Brussels Philharmonic', 'Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia', 'Flanders Symphony Orchestra', 'Sofia Soloists', ... His predilection for chamber music has resulted in some 150 performances of the Mozart clarinet quintet, including the 'Ciurlionis String Quartet', 'Simon Bolivar Quartet', 'Chili Quartet', 'Daniel Quartet', 'Vilnius Quartet', 'Arriaga Quartet', ... He works with conductors such as o.a. Michel Tabashnik, Yoel Levi, Peter Undijan, Saulius Sondeckis, Paul Meyer and Dirk Brossé.

    His CD recordings with DECCA, SONY, EMI, AEON, Talent, Gobelin and Aliud are received very warmly worldwide (Diapason, Resmusica, Radio France, the Clarinet, ...).

    He also regularly makes recordings for radio and TV such as BRTN, RTBF, VRT, VARA, NOS, Radio Suisse Romande, Lietuvos Radio, Magyar Radio, Czech Radio, Danish Radio, Radio Chile and Exqi.

    Vanoosthuyse collaborates with a number of the most prominent composers of his time, such as John Corigliano, Olivier Messiaen, Dirk Brossé, Oscar Navarro, Arturo Marquez, Jan Van der Roost, Nicola Piovani and Hans Zimmer.

    He was invited to the 'Symphonicum Europae' and was selected by Georges Prêtre for the 'World Philharmonic Orchestra'.

    It appears on the posters of festivals such as the 'Festival of Flanders', 'Festival de Burgundy', 'Festival de Wallonie', 'Vilnius Festival', the 'Festival of Contemporary Music', 'Ars Musica', 'Klara Festival', 'Guimarães Festival (Capital of Culture 2012)', 'Beijing Festival' and further on those of Paris, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Chicago, Washington, Los Angelos, Mexico, Caracas, ...

    He receives awards from the City of Lima/Peru and the Chinese Clarinet Society. In 2013 he will be awarded the 'Tower watchman's Prize' for his international career and the global spread of Flemish music. In 2014, the CD with the Carter and Corigliano concertos will be awarded a 'gold label' of Classical Central Station. In 2015, the Union of Belgian Composers honoured him by unanimously donating him the 'Fuga Trophy' for his international promotion of Belgian music.

    Eddy Vanoosthuyse is a clarinet solo at the Brussels Philharmonic, a clarinet teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Ghent University of Music, School of Arts) and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg, and is a guest professor of clarinet at the Luca University, Lemmens Institute Department. His former students are connected to major orchestras and universities in 5 continents.

    He is also a guest lecturer at various conservatories and universities such as the 'Indiana University, Bloomington/USA', 'Free State University Bloemfontein/South Africa', 'State Academy Vilnius/Lithuania', 'Conservatory G. Verdi Milano/Italy', 'University of Beijing/China', 'Catholic University Santiago/Chili', 'University of the Arts Osaka/Japan', ... He has been teaching at the Belgian Clarinet Academy in Ostend since 1995. In addition, he is regularly invited as a coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Spain 'JONDE' and is a jury member at various international competitions (USA, Europe and Asia).

    Since 2010, Vanoosthuyse has been the artistic director of the 'International Clarinet Competition, Ghent', a competition that, with 2 editions, has grown into one of the absolute top competitions in the world (next edition 2015). He is also vice-chairman of SWUK, a non-profit organisation that supports young musicians at the beginning of their careers.

    He exclusively plays the Buffet Crampon Tosca clarinets and mouthpieces and reed Vandoren.

  • Herman Vincken

    Herman Vincken is a senior instructor of oboe at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. He primarily teaches classical music, but also coaches several chamber music ensembles.

    Herman is an expert in making oboe reeds. He has done extensive research into the various types of reed, considering their flexibility, color, and diameter. He has also studied the differences in reed making techniques between countries.

    For the past 25 years, Herman has held the principal oboe chair with several orchestras, with which he has also performed as a soloist. He is currently the principal oboe player of the Philh

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  • Sinan Vural

    Baritone Sinan Vural, born in Ankara, Turkey, received an academic degree in Computer Science before becoming a singer. Sinan first took voice lessons with Yildiz Tunbul in Ankara, Turkey. He then moved to Holland, where he studied at the conservatories in Enschede and Amsterdam, respectively with Anne Haenen and Cora Canne Meijer. His current coach is Margreet Honig. He has sung extensively with most small scale opera companies in Holland, like Holland Opera and Opera Spanga, in productions for audiences young and old. His repertory further includes many oratorio works, from renaissance to contemporary. He frequently gives song recitals, with a particular preference for French works. He is singing faculty at Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg, The Netherlands since 2014.

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  • Lei Wang

    Lei, born in Hangzhou, China, graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory before coming to Europe. She finished her studies at the Brussels Royal Conservatory (with prof. Katalin Sebestyen and Zygmunt Kowalski) with greatest distinction and acquired the Konzertexamen diploma under the guidance of Mihaela Martin at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Later she would hone her skills with Salvatore Accardo and Boris Belkin. She is known for her pragmatic and analytic approach towards her students, on a musical, but certainly also on a technical level to insure the forming of a solid foundation on which to build a versatile musical career. Thanks to her years of experience as a concertmaster and a chamber musician she knows exactly what is expected of a modern (orchestra) player and always succeeds in getting the most of each and every student that enters her class (amongst them professional orchestra musicians, soloists and professors at conservatories). Starting from September 2017, Lei Wang will become professor of violin in the Master of Music at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg. Lei has been professor violin at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium for ten years and since 2015 teaches Orchestra Academy at the Maastricht Conservatory. She took part in numerous masterclasses with a.o. Zakhar Bron, Ana Chumachenko, Gil Shaham, Alberto Lysy, Masuko Ushida, Marco Rizzi and Vladimir Spivakov. Her career took her all over the world with music festivals in Switzerland (Verbier Academy, Menuhin Academy in Blonay, Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik Zurich) and Japan (Pacific Music Festival). In October 2002, she won the 29th Edition of the Henri Vieuxtemps competition in Verviers, Belgium. In 2005, she won 2 special prizes in the international Rodolfo Lipizer competition in Gorizia, Italy. She performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and China. Lei plays a 1770 Ferdinando Gagliano.

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  • Paul Weiling

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    Vision on teaching

    Vision on teaching - Paul Weiling


    Paul Weiling teaches major students of saxophone, and specializes in jazz and improvisation. He also gives a course on saxophone teaching methods, ensemble lessons with special attention to duos, and lessons on improvisation for classically-trained musicians. Outside of his teaching duties, he participates in the conservatory’s mentoring team as a career coach. Paul studied jazz saxophone at the Amsterdam School of Arts with Ferdinand Povel, and classical saxophone repertoire with Henk van Twillert. After graduating with a teaching and performance degree, he continued his studies with former Miles Davis saxophonist David Liebman in New York. He also completed a Master’s of Music at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. As a musician, composer, and producer Paul received five-star reviews from the leading Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ for his crossover projects, Compasión (recorded on his CD, “Salmuera”) and Tales of Tala (recorded on his CD, “Untold”). In addition to performing with the John Fillmore Quartet, Trio Son Cubano, and Duo Quartier Latin, Paul is currently working on a solo performance for saxophone, laptop and visuals.

  • Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer

    Vision on teaching

    It gives me pride and joy to assist potential future colleagues in a (very individual) process of discovering their musical capabilities, and to help them find their way towards a musical career that suits their personalities and qualities. My coaching style may be qualified as non doctrinal, challenging within confidence limits, and striving for creating instead of reproducing music. I feel both my musical personality and my experience and knowledge in a wide range of classical, romantic, modern and contemporary repertoire support me in this role.


    Dutch clarinetist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (1977) studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Walter Boeykens and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Charles Neidich on a sponsorship by the Fulbright International Scholarship Program.

    In his earlier career, Lars has won several first prizes at both international and national competitions such as SJMN (1991), PCC (1993 and 1994), International Competition for Youth (Lisbon, 1994) and RTBF Jeunes Solistes (Brussels, 1993), Philip Morris Music Award (1999) Vriendenkrans of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, 2000). In 1999 he made his debut recitel in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and performed successfully as a Rising Star in the so named concert series in 2001-2002. Since then, Lars has played in major venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Musik Verein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Cité de la Musique Paris, Philharmonie Berlin, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konserthuset Stockholm and the Schoenberg Center Los Angeles.

    He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen, Het Gelders Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Orkest van het Oosten, Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, and Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam. He worked as a soloist with conductors such as Hartmut Haenchen, Marc Soustrot, Michel Tabachnik and James MacMillan. He performed and recorded the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto Yellow Darkness by Willem Jeths written for him.

    Lars is a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, including colleagues such as Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov and Torleif Thedéen, as well as a member of Dutch ensembles such as Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, Insomnio, and the Orlando Wind Quintet. He has performed with string quartets and ensembles such as Skampa Quartet, Quatuor Danèl, Quatuor Ebène, Manderling Quartet, Auryn Quartet, Quartetto di Torino, Szymanowski Quartet, Ad Libitum Quartet and Altenberg Trio Wien. As a principal clarinetist he appeared in orchestras such as The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

    In 2003, Lars was awarded an Edison for his debut CD. Other CD’s followed, with music by, amongst others, James MacMillan (which received the five star Concerto Choice in the BBC Music Magazine September 2014) , Ursula Mamlok and Paul Hindemith. In 2009 and 2011, Challenge Records released his CD with the Reger and Brahms sonatas, which received outstanding reviews by the international music press.

    From 2008-2010, Lars was the artistic director of the Toon Festival Brabant in Den Bosch. The Musis Sacrum concert venue of Arnhem invited Lars to be Artist in Residence in 2014-2015. At the Boulez Festival 2015 in Vredenburg, Utrecht, he performed Boulez’ Dialogue de l’ombre double. He gave a reprise at the Musica Sacra Festival 2016, together with works of Alexander Goehr, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, and James MacMillan.

    Lars teaches at Academy of Music and Performing Arts Tilburg since 2004.

    Some press quotes on performances and CD recordings:
    • Seine Technik ist nicht nur von äußerst seltener Perfektion, sie zeigt in jeder Lage Feinsinn und Geschmeidigkeit geradezu sensationeller Art. (Berliner Morgenpost)
    • Wouters handles this temperamental instrument with complete command, and his finger work is nothing short of stunning. (Fanfare Magazine)
    • Die ‘Kontraste’ für Klarinette, Violine und Klavier von Béla Bartók, in denen Klarinettist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer in Bezug auf dynamische Flexibilität, Weichheit und Klangschönheit in allen Registern nichts zu wünschen übrig lieb. (Berliner Zeitung)
    • Allen voran begeisterte der Klarinettist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer in seinem langen Solosatz mit scheinbar endlosem Atem,wenn er einzelne Töne vom fast Unhörbaren bis kurz vor dem Platze steigerte. Ein Höhepunt dieser grossartiger Aufführung von Messiaens Quatuor pour la fin du temps. (Kulturradio Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg)
    • The ‘Berliner Morgenpost’ did not call his technique of an utterly rare perfection for nothing! But his musicality, his finesse and his flexibility are also qualities that define Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer. A thrilling musician to listen to, both in concert and in this fine musical document on CD! (

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  • Hans van der Zanden

    Hans van der Zanden, solohorn of Brussels Philharmonic, is regarded as one of the leading french-horn players of Europe nowadays. After graduating from the conservatory he was invited as soloist to the Berlin Chamber Orchestra (Neues Berliner Kammerorchester), conducted by Jac van Steen where he brilliantly began his career as a solohorn playing with hornplayers such as Sarah Willis (Berlin Philharmonic) and Bodo Werner (Komische Oper Berlin). Hans van der Zanden is also a successful soloist. Recently he performed Haydn’s Concerto for two horns and orchestra with the Hamburger Camerata, Schumann’s Konzertstück op.84 for four horns and orchestra with Collegium Musicum Düsseldorf and Britten’s Serenade op.31 for tenor, horn and strings with the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra. He was guest soloist at a ‘Holland – Russia Festival’ with the Cheliabinsk Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anton Grishanin. During this festival, Hans van der Zanden performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto KV417 and Strauss Horn Concerto no.1 op.11. Due to these succesfull performances he was invited back to Cheliabinsk, to perform the Rheinhold Glière Horn concerto op.91. Hans van der Zanden was contracted as Post-Degree-Teacher with the Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra of Ekaterinburg, Russia. During these intensive teaching periods he also plays with the Ural State Philharmonic including the Britten Serenade op.31 during festival EURASIA, which was recorded and broadcasted through live stream. Other solo appearances include Strauss Hornconcerto op.11 with Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart KV447 with St. Peterburg Radio Orchestra, live TV broadcast of Haydn’s 2nd hornconcerto with Brussels Philharmonic and many others. Hans van der Zanden is also an active chamber music performer and he has played with Stefan Vladar, Anastasia Goldberg, Gil Sharon, Rivka Golany, Alexander Kagan, Georgy Yufa and many others. Furthermore he is a member of the Goldberg Ensemble. Hans van der Zanden has been Principal Horn with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra since 2002. As of 2011 he is solohorn with Brussels Philharmonic.

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  • Andreas van Zoelen

    Andreas van Zoelen is professor of classical saxophone. His class is a vibrant group of international students, who are developing their craft successfully and gaining their merits on international podia. Furthermore Andreas is coordinator of the wind department and of the chamber music program. He received his tuition at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg with Jean Pennings, after which he continued his studies with Carina Raschèr in Germany. In 2014 he was invited to join the famous Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, where he succeeded founding member Bruce Weinberger on tenor saxophone. With this highly successful ensemble he performs concerts and teaches masterclasses across the globe. He has performed regularly for international Radio and Television with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, under Sir Simon Rattle. Furthermore, he has performed with musicians like Stewart Copeland (the Police) and Markus Stockhausen. Apart from being a renowned musician, van Zoelen is also an authority in the field of the history of the saxophone. His collection of sources and over 60 instruments, among which several from the atelier of Adolphe Sax, is unique. In 2014 he authored an extensive 423 page book about the history of the classical saxophone in the Netherlands, which received much acclaim.

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  • Vincent van Amsterdam

    Vincent van Amsterdam (1989), winner of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2016, is a big promoter of the classical accordion. He completed both his Bachelor's and his Master's degree cum laude at the Fontys Academy for Fine Arts Tilburg (NL). Vincent is a laureate of various (inter)national music competitions, including the Prinses Christina Concours (NL, 2007), the National Accordion Competition (NL, 2008 and 2009), and the International Young Musicians Competition (IT, 2009). At the Coupe Mondiale (HR, 2010) Vincent won 4th price. With the Van Amsterdam Duo, Vincent won prizes in Varaždin (HR, 2010) and Klingenthal (DE, 2012). In 2014 he received the professional jury price of the Dutch Conservatoire Competition. 

    Vincent started his accordion studies with his father, accordion player and teacher Evert van Amsterdam. During his Bachelor studies, Vincent was taught by Ronald van Overbruggen and Gerie Daanen. Over the course of his Master's degree, Vincent took lessons with professor Stefan Hussong at the Hochschule fur Musik in Würzburg (DE), and with professor Wjatscheslaw Semionow at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow (RU). In past years, Vincent has participated in master classes and summer courses with renowned accordion players, such as Friedrich Lips (RU), Miny Dekkers (NL), Claudio Jacomucci (IT), Yuri Shishkin (RU), Mika Vayrynen (FI) en Miljan Bjeletic (RS).

    Vincent's repertoire is characterized by its broad scope, which reaches from Scarlatti, Bach and Franck to Gubaidulina, Nordheim, Schmidt and Kusjakow. Additionally, Vincent has actively sought out contemporary Dutch composers. His work with them has culminated in several world premieres of pieces by Aart Strootman, Bernard van Beurden and Willem Boogman. As part of the Dutch Classical Talent Competition 2015/2016, the Performing Arts Fund (NL) awarded a grant to Maxim Shalygin for the writing of a new composition for solo accordion, especially for Vincent.

    Vincent has recorded three CDs. In 2012, he recorded “A Flight Beyond the Time”, on which he performed solo compositions and chamber music works with the Van Amsterdam Duo. His subsequent CD, “Classical Accordion” (2014) consists completely of solo works by such diverse composers as Sweelinck, Bach, Gubaidulina and Tiensuu. In 2016 Vincent released a CD with the Van Amsterdam Duo, entitled “Chanson Russe”, which includes works by various Russian composers.

    Chamber music

    Aside from performing as a soloist, Vincent regularly plays chamber music. Most notable is his contribution to the Van Amsterdam Duo, which he has formed with his sister Jeanine van Amsterdam (violin) since 2004. This unique combination of instruments is also a laureate of various music competitions, such as the Prinses Christina Concours (NL, 2009), the National Accordion Competition (NL, 2009) the Coupe Mondiale (HR, 2010), and the prestigious Akkordeonwettbewerb Klingenthal (DE, 2012). The Duo plays original works and transcriptions by, among others, Bach, Vivaldi, Schnittke and Stravinsky. Additionally, the Van Amsterdam Duo has played world premieres of works by Dutch composers, such as Bram Kortekaas, Bernard van Beurden and Frank van Gompel.

    Next to the Van Amsterdam Duo, Vincent performs with a variety of different ensembles. Together with Aart Strootman (gtr) and Dominique Vleeshouwers (perc) he forms ensemble EMBED. In the program 'Le Chat Noir', which Vincent performs in cooperation with Sebastiaan Kemner (tbn) and Zinzi Frohwein (sop), he plays works by Eric Satie and Claude Debussy, combined with works by Jacques Brel. In 2012 and 2015 Vincent collaborated with the ASKO chamber choir (conducted by Jos Leusink), performing premieres by Fabio Nieder and Willem Boogman respectively. Together with carillon player Boudewijn Zwart, Vincent has played several projects focusing on the Metamorphoses by Philip Glass. Additionally, Vincent has played an arrangement for accordion and string quartet of the Viola Concerto by Georg Philipp Telemann with member of the Wings Ensemble. He also played the world premiere of A4, a piece for solo accordion and string quartet by Dutch composer Bernard van Beurden.

    As a soloist, Vincent actively engages with different kinds of orchestras. With the Kennemer Youth Orchestra, conducted by M. Broers, he performed the Pohadka Accordion Concerto by Vaclav Trojan. In 2015 he played Ole Schmidt's Accordion Concerto with the Dutch National Youth Brass Orchestra, conducted by Danny Oosterman. In the fall of 2015, Vincent performed the Accordion Concerto by Hugo Hermann with chamber orchestra De Haerlemse Musyckkamer, conducted by André 

    Vincent has given concerts at a variety of festivals in the Netherlands, including the UITmarkt, the Janine Jansen Festival, the Grachtenfestival, Sail Amsterdam, and most recently the NJO Music Summer (2015). Abroad, Vincent has celebrated successes as well, with his extensive solo tour of Italy, and concerts in Paris and Athens. With the Van Amsterdam Duo, Vincent went on a tour of Austria and performed in Serbia and China.

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  • Stef Joosten

    Vision on Teaching

    The Jazz Bass Guitar study at AMPA provides guidance in your artistic development as a bass player. In the lessons we will focus on developing skills like timing, improvisation, sound, harmony, melody, technique, repertoire and composition. We will do this covering various styles, jazz being the most important one.

    Together we will also try to create awareness and vision in your musical ambitions and focus on creating a practice routine that fits your path of development.

    Our lessons will also include a lot of singing, listening to records and transcribing bass-lines and solo’s. To deepen the understanding of the music and your own relation to it.

    AMPA has a great team of teachers which will guide and inspire you in your musical journey.


    Freedom in music is something that fascinates bass player Stef Joosten (1996). It is the essential element that attracted him to improvised music. There’s nothing more exciting, fresh and organic than new music taking shape and developing in the spur of the moment.

    Stef graduated Cum Laude at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. During and after his studies he was part of BABS, Coolhaven, Koen Smits Quintet and the Tiago Lageira Trio, he also shared the stage with Jeroen van Vliet, Harmen Fraanje, Tristan Refrow, Koen Schalkwijk, Hans van Oosterhout, Pascal Vermeer and many others. Aside from being active as a sideman Stef is currently active as the leader of his project TISOI in which he played with prominent national and international jazz artists, such as Ivo Neame, Morris Kliphuis, Mete Erker and Kika Sprangers.

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