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Amsterdam Chamber Soloists

Thomas Beijer - piano
Tijmen Huisingh - violin
Anna-Magdalena den Herder - viola
Jan Bastiaan Neven - cello

The Netherlands NL Belgium BE Luxembourg LU

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”The creative act accepts NO conditions outside of itself, that’s why it’s totally free. The goal of music and art is not to be beautiful, its goal is the ultimate truth”.
Sergiu Celibidache

The Amsterdam Chamber Soloists first came to public attention in 2010 at the 'Vriendenkrans' competition run by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In their many performances since then they have earned a reputation for adventurous programming and fiery interpretations.

Since their formation the ensemble have been regular guests at venues such as the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam, the Frits Philips Music Centre in Eindhoven and the Vereeniging in Nijmegen, as well as being guests on various radio shows. They followed masterclasses with renowned artists such as Menahem Pressler.

During the seasons 2015/16/17 the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists will be 'Ensemble in Residence' at the Cultuurkoepel in Heiloo, a spectacular and impressive room, formerly the St. Willibrordus Chapel which was recently turned into a concert hall. A new cultural hotspot in the Netherlands! This residency will offer the ensemble possibilities for concert series “at home” as well as for experimenting with bold ways of programming, video recording etcetera.

The Amsterdam Chamber Soloists enjoy pushing the traditional boundaries. Their repertoire includes classic works by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss and Dvorak, as well as the less well known gems of composers such as Escher, Turina and Pēteris Vasks.

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Brahms
Amsterdam Chamber Soloists live in concert

Brahms: Piano Quartet Nr. 3 in C minor, op. 60 - III. Andante

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Frank Bridge "Phantasy"  Piano Quartet in F sharp minor

Biography

Biography Amsterdam Chamber Soloists

From the jury report of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2012:

"The Amsterdam Chamber Soloists ... extremely musical! Fascinating the way the string players by using a kind of vibrato succeed in making their music melt with the sound of the piano. Beautifully warm and sonorous sound encompassing a large spectrum of musicallity and intensity."

The Amsterdam Chamber Soloists first came to public attention in 2010 at the 'Vriendenkrans' competition run by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In their many performances since then they have earned a reputation for adventurous programming and fiery interpretations. They are bound by the conviction that music is an organic creation which varies in every concert according to venue and listeners.

The ensemble was founded in 2009. The four musicians, each already well esteemed as individual artists, had a common goal of forming a flexible ensemble. An ensemble was created where the concept of programming is the key element, and the formation can be adjusted accordingly, while keeping the piano quartet genre as the basis.

Since their formation the ensemble has been regular guests at venues such as the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam, the Frits Philips Music Centre in Eindhoven and the Vereeniging in Nijmegen, as well as being guests on various radio shows. They followed masterclasses with renowned artists such as Menahem Pressler.

During the seasons 2015/16/17 the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists will be 'Ensemble in Residence' at the Cultuurkoepel in Heiloo, a spectacular and impressive room, formerly the St. Willibrordus Chapel which was recently turned into a concert hall. A new cultural hotspot in the Netherlands! This residency will offer the ensemble possibilities for concert series “at home” as well as for experimenting with bold ways of programming, video recording etcetera.

The Amsterdam Chamber Soloists enjoy pushing the traditional boundaries. Their repertoire includes classic works by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss and Dvorak, as well as the less well known gems of composers such as Escher, Turina and Pēteris Vasks.


Thomas Beijer

Thomas BeijerBy winning the prestigious Young Pianists Foundation National Piano Competition in 2007, Thomas Beijer (1988) positioned himself at the top of a new generation of pianists in The Netherlands. The international jury characterized Beijer as a 'very interesting musical personality, with distinctive ideas about music. A true artist.'
Born and based in The Netherlands, Thomas Beijer enrolled at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, where he studied with Jan Wijn. He concluded his Master's study in 2011 by graduating with the Highest Distinction. He took masterclasses with Jorge Luis Prats, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Pascal Devoyon, Jacques Rouvier and Elza Kolodin.
From the age of ten Thomas Beijer has performed recitals in Europe and Asia. As a soloist he played with orchestras such as The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brabant Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Nicholas Milton and Ed Spanjaard. His repertoire ranges from seventeenth-century music to contemporary compositions. Thomas Beijer has a special affinity with Spanish music.Besides being a solo concert pianist he is also a passionate chamber musician and a composer.
Thomas Beijer's debut CD with compositions by Johannes Brahms was released in 2008. In 2012 he presented his second CD with works by Rachmaninov. Thomas was booked by Lyrone Records in 2013 which resulted in the release of Canción y Danza and the preparations for his fourth CD scheduled for release in 2015.


Tijmen Huisingh

Tijmen HuisinghViolinist Tijmen Huisingh is much in demand as a chamber musician and guest-leader/director with ensembles such as Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble, Combattimento Amsterdam and various orchestras in the Netherlands. He was a laureate in numerous violin competitions in the Netherlands and at the International Chamber Music Competition 2007 “Rovere d'Oro” in Italy.
Highlights of the past season include appearances at international chamber music festivals in Utrecht, the Hague, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and Staunton (USA) and the European tour of Janine Jansen's (CD) project 'The Bach Concertos'.
Recently Tijmen recorded Astor Piazolla’s ‘Four seasons of Buenos Aires’ with bandeonist Carel Kraayenhof and was the soloist in a CD recording of  Vivaldi violin concertos with Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. He appeared as soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, where he held the position of assistant leader from 2008 until 2011. He is a regular guest-player with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Tijmen studied the violin at the Amsterdam Conservatoire with Lex Korff de Gidts and Ilya Grubert and finished his studies in 2007 at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole under the guidance of Pavel Vernikov and Oleksandr Semchuk in the 'International Competition Preparation Course'.
Tijmen Huisingh plays the "Douglas Kane, ex-Bouw Lemkes" Francesco Goffriller violin from 1725 (Venice) and a J.A. Lamy bow, both on kind loan from the NMF (Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation). 

 

Anna-Magdalena den Herder

Anna Magdalena den HerderViolist Anna-Magdalena den Herder (1988) achieved a Full Honours Bachelorship at the Amsterdam Conservatoire as a student of Marjolein Dispa and received lessons from violists Wolfram Christ, Nobuko Imai and Erwin Schiffer, both at home and abroad.
She participated in masterclasses with famous musicians all over Europe and in summer courses including the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the International Music Academy Switzerland (IMAS) where Seiji Ozawa was her string quartet coach.
As a soloist Anna-Magdalena played Hindemith’s Trauermusik, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Martinů's Rhapsody Concerto with various orchestras in the Netherlands.
Besides being a member of the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists and the Goldberg String Trio she also performed internationally with violinists Liza Ferschtman, Alena Baeva and Candida Thompson, and with cellists Collin Car, Gary Hoffman and Lynn Harrell.
In 2009 Anna-Magdalena received the Kersjes Award as first violist. She was awarded 1st, 2nd and Audience Prize at the National Amsterdam Viola Competition.
She was appointed co-leader to the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. This orchestra’s democratic working practises under its artistic director and leader Gordan Nicolic have created a unique and highly regarded ensemble style.
Anna-Magdalena den Herder plays a Dutch Cuypers viola (1766), made possible by the NMF (Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation).

 

Jan Bastiaan Neven

Jan Bastiaan NevenJan Bastiaan Neven had his first cello lessons with Jan Hollinger at the age of ten. He continued his studies at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf with Johannes Goritzki and -with a scholarship from the Prins Bernhard Foundation- with Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He participated in master classes with Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bijlsma and Philippe Müller. 
From an early age Jan Bastiaan Neven appeared as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the USA. He performed and taught at many festivals around the world. A passionate chamber musician he played with Ivry Gitlis, Gordan Nikolic, Pieter Wispelwey, Paolo Giacometti, the Brodsky, Prazák and Orpheus Quartets and many others.
For Naxos he recorded Joly Braga Santos (Portugal) ‘s Cello Concerto and was praised by Strad Magazine (“superb soloist”) and BBC Music Magazine (“great sensitivity, remarkable range of tone colour”).
As guest principal cellist he played with orchestras as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jan Bastiaan Neven is assistant solo cellist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Erard Ensemble. He plays a cello made bij Antonio Pelizon on loan from the NMF ('Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation').

Programmes

Programme proposals


Programme I
Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, KV 493
Mahler/Schnittke: Piano Quartet in A minor
Beijer: Piano Quartet 'Star of the Sea' (2015)

Programme II
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
Vasks: Piano Quartet 'Canti Drammatici'

Programme III
Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13
Brahms: Piano Quartet Nr. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

Programme IV
Bridge: Phantasy in F sharp minor
Walton: Piano Quartet in D minor
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Beijer: Stardust

Programme V
Martin: Piano Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes
O'Connor: String Quartet No. 2 for violin, viola, cello and double bass
Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor
with Rick Stotijn, double bass

Programme VI
Schnittke: String Trio
songs by Glinka and Borodin for baritone, cello and piano
Rachmaninov: Trio Elégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Mussorgsky/Beijer: Songs and Dances of Death
with Henk Neven, baritone