Seldom Sene Recorder Quintet
Five recorderplayers with a mutual passion for unique repertoire performed at a standard that is seldomly seen and heard. We perform masterworks spanning 5 centuries. Seldom Sene has been awarded several (first) prizes in international competitons.
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The Royal Wind Music
Double sextet of renaissance recorders founded by Paul Leenhouts. We perform Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian and English music written between 1520 and 1640. The Royal Wind Music has recorded six CD's received with wide acclaim. Currently, I am part of the artistic management team.
Together with Matthias havinga I wish to explore the possibilities combining numerous recorders with different keyboard instruments, including the organ, harpsichord and piano. We ambition innovative and striking concepts performing unusual repertoire for both instruments. Disregarding the most common compositions, where the keyboard instruments function merely as accompaniment, we push the boundaries set by our combination of instruments. Within our concert programmes, the various style periods are juxtaposed in an attractive way.
I am a recorder teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatoire's Junior Department. Motivated students (age 12-17) will receive a high profile program tailored to the potential and needs of the student. In addition, I am a visiting lecturer at the same institute, teaching all aspects of renaissance consortplaying to the recorder students as part of The Royal Wind Music Academy. Organisations including ERTA Nederland, ERTA Iberia, Blokfluitdagen Mechelen, Kaliber Kunstenschool, Muziekschoool Venray en Muziekatelier Alkmaar have invited me for workshops and masterclasses.
Muziekvakdocent aan Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw
A musicteacher at the educational section of The Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw, I preserve quality in musiceducation at primary schools in The Netherlands. I am also involved with the marvellous interactive concerts and productions that The Royal Concertgebouw develops for children, preparing young audiences, creating enthusiasm and understanding for classical music.
LISTEN! is an article about the surplus value of contemporary improvisation, that appeared in the Dutch specialist journal 'Blokfluitist'. The main goal of the article is to point out the characteristics of contemporary improvisation and the unique process between improviser and audience. In order to to so, I researched different types of listening intensities. Why do people listening to composed compositions, experience something completely different than people listening to improvisation? And how do good improvisers play with those listening intensities of their audiences? To make the research practise based a few tips and excercises are depicted, focusing on the development of improvisation skills, Read the complete article here (in Dutch)
Open Recorder Days Amsterdam
Together with colleagues I organise a biannual recorder event. Open Recorder Days Amsterdam is the biggest recorder festival in Europe, including a competition for amateurs and preprofessional from all over the world.