Heleen Hulst (violin)

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4-heleen-viool-2Heleen Hulst studied the violin with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she received her solistic degree.
Last years she has been a member of the Schoenberg- and Asko Ensemble, Remix Porto, Combattimento Consort, Van Swieten Society and l’Archibudelli with whome she made several recordings as well as tours through America, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Russia and Europe. Her wide interest brought her to collaborations with ZTHollandia, the Netherlands Dans Theater and choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton.In 1995 and 1997 she participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival (USA) where she both times was awarded the prize for ‘outstanding violinist’. She is a soughtafter chamber musician both as violist and violinist, as contemporary specialist and as baroque violinst.
In 2009 Martijn Padding wrote the violin concerto ‘White Eagle’ for Heleen and the Asko Ensemble which won the Edison Prize in 2011.
With pianist Gerard Bouwhuis she forms a duo which concentrates on new music, many composers have written pieces for them among others Cornelis de Bondt, Martijn Padding, Paul Termos, Peter Adriaansz and Guus Janssen.
They recorded the complete violin-piano repertoire by Charles Ives on BV HAAST.
In 2005 they started the collective Nieuw Amsterdams Peil which concentrates on chamber music of the 20th and 21th century.

Gerard Bouwhuis (piano)

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3-Gerard-Piano-2Gerard Bouwhuis studied the piano at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he received his solistic degree.He is especially interested in this centuries music and is a sought-after musician by almost all orchestras and ensembles in the Netherlands. As a soloist he appeared a.o. with the Schoenberg Ensemble, Asko, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Residentie Orchestra, Ebony Band and the Xenakis Ensemble.
Many Dutch composers wrote pieces for Bouwhuis a.o. Louis Andriessen, Guus Janssen, Paul Termos, Martijn Padding and Cornelis de Bondt.
He is a member of LOOS and forms a pianoduo with Cees van Zeeland. His carreer brought him through Europe, USA, South America, South Africa,Canada and Japan..
As a soloist Bouwhuis performed at music festivals around the world, like the Almeida festival, Huddersfield festival, Holland festival, Bang On A Can N.Y., Takefu Japan, Meet the composer Telluride U.S.A., Wien Modern and Antwerpen 93.
For his contribution to Dutch music he was awarded the beheld Theo Bruins Prize.

Mick Stirling (cello)

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mick 184Mick Stirling studied the cello at the Guildhall School of Music with Leonard Stehn and Raphael Wallfisch. He continued his studies at the Banff Centre, Canada and with Lawrence Lesser at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA. Other important mentors were David Takeno, Hans Keller, Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner, Colin Carr and Bernard Greenhouse. From 1989 to 1997 Michael was the cellist of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. He was also a member of the Raphael Ensemble (string sextet, London) for eight years who recorded many CDs for Hyperion. In 1997 he joined the Brindisi Quartet in London where he lived and worked for nine years. During this period he played with many chamber music groups and as guest principle cellist with various orchestras including: The Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Mick moved to Amsterdam in 2004 and became first principle cellist of the Radio Philharminic Orchestra in the Netherlands in 2004. He was a regular guest of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for many years. Michael is also a member of Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, The Quimias string Trio and plays a great deal of chamber music in general. He recorded the cello concerto by Hindemith (Kammermusik no. 3) for RCA with Marcus Stenz and the Ensemble Modern which won the German Critic’s Prize.

Dorian Cooke (fagot)

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dorian-met-378Dorian Cooke was born in The Hague and studied bassoon at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she was schooled by Johan Steinmann. She also attended Master Classes with Brian Pollard. She continued her studies in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with prof. Klaus Thunemann and Frank Forst. From 1997 to 1998 she was the first bassoonist of the Orkest van het Oosten. After that she filled the same position at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1 January 2000 she’s the first bassoonist at the Residentie Orkest. Besides playing in an orchestra, Dorian Cooke also likes to play chamber music. Since 1998 she has been a member of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (Dutch Wind Ensemble) and she plays in the contemperary ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil. Composers like Frigyes Hidas, Theodor Burkali, Stephen Melillo, Vincente Moncho and Harrie Janssen wrote compositions for her. The recordings of these have been released on CD.

Ron Schaaper

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ron-met-378Music is everywhere and even in every object, according to Ron Schaaper (1973). Master on the horn, he is even as happy playing a musical piece by Leopold – father of – Mozart on a hose. And believe us: it will still sound amazing!

After his horn studies in Utrecht, Ron started exploring chamber music. “I love the interaction. You are so close with the music.” Multi-instrumentalist Ron is not affraid of large symphonies either. He is currently first horn player at the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague.

Pauline Oostenrijk (hobo)

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pauline 184In 1999, Pauline Oostenrijk received the Music Prize of the Netherlands, the highest State Award in classical music. Before that, she had already won a number of national and international prizes, among which the first prize in the Fernand Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall, New York. In 1986 she was the Dutch ‘Young Musician of the Year’.
Pauline Oostenrijk is solo-oboist of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague.
She studied oboe (with Koen van Slogteren and Jan Spronk) and piano (with Willem Brons) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and had lessons with Thomas Indermühle and Han de Vries.
Her activities as a soloist and chamber musician have been recorded on a considerable number of highly acclaimed cd’s. She appeared as a soloist with the Residentie Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Westdeutsche Rundfunk Orchester in Cologne, the Salzburger Kammerorchester and l’Orchestre d’Auvergne. Various composers wrote pieces for her, a.o. Louis Andriessen (‘To Pauline O’ for oboe solo). Pauline performs often with her sister, the soprano Nienke Oostenrijk, in the Ensemble Oostenrijk-Jansen (baroque repertoire). She plays recitals with pianist Ivo Janssen, and is a member of the ensembles Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (modern chamber music) and Wind Chamber Collective.
For many years she was a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague, until in 2007 she decided to create more time for performing and for… writing.
Her first book, “De geest van Stotijn” (short stories about music), published in 2006, was received with great enthusiasm.
Pauline wrote several compositions for oboe. November 2005, she composed ánd performed a composition for English horn and small ensemble for Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (clarinet)

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lars 184“Wouters handles this temperamental instrument with complete command, and his finger work is nothing short of stunning.” Fanfare Magazine Dutch clarinetist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (1977) studied at the Juilliard School for Music in New York with clarinetist Charles Neidich on a sponsorship by the Fulbright International Scholarship Program. Lars has won several first prizes at international competitions such as the “International Competition for Youth” (Lisbon 1994) and the “RTBF Jeunes Solistes” (Brussels 1993). In 1999 he made his début in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and performed very 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 Vienna, Cité de la Musique Paris and Philharmonie Berlin. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands, New Ensemble Amsterdam and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He performed the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto “Yellow Darkness”, written for him by Willem Jeths, in 2005 and the piece “Euro” by Theo Abazis at Carnegie Hall in 2001. Lars has been a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin since 2000. He has performed with string quartets and ensembles such as Skampa Quartet, Quatuor Danel, Quatuor Ebène, and Altenberg Trio Wien. Lars performs frequently in the major international festivals with colleagues like Janine Jansen, Inon Barnatan, Amihai Grosz etc. He is also a guest-player with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in the UK. In 2003, Lars was awarded an “Edison” for his début CD. Other CD’s followed, with music by Dohnányi, Harbison and Hindemith. In 2009, Challenge Records released his CD with Reger sonatas, which received outstanding reviews by the international music press. A new CD with Brahms sonatas will be released in March 2011. Lars founded and is artistic director of the “Dutch Tone Festival” in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He teaches at the Fontys Music Academy Tilburg. “His technique is not only of an utterly rare perfection, it also shows finesse and flexibility on every level in a sensational way.” Berliner Mogenpost

Gertjan Loot (trompet)

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Gertjan 184Gertjan Loot has won the audition for principal trumpet of the Residence Orchestra in The Hague (The Netherlands). He will be sharing this position with Huug Steketee who holds the other job as principal.Gertjan Loot started to play the trumpet at the age of eleven. He played soprano cornet in brass bands in Friesland, a northern province of the Netherlands.
Loot studied the trumpet in Leeuwarden with J.B. Holtrop and in Amsterdam with Peter Masseurs (principal of the Royal Concertgebouworchestra). In 1990 he started playing with the orchestra “Hoofdstad Operette” and since 1996 he has played in the “Orkest De Volharding”. He has also worked as a substitute in many orchestras and ensembles in the Netherlands. Besides the modern trumpet Gertjan also plays baroque trumpet, piccolo trumpet and flugelhorn.

Dario Calderone (double bass)

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dario 184Dario Calderone (Rome, 1978) is one of the most representative doublebass player of his generation. Trained as a classical performer, he graduated with maximum marks at the Coservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome with Massimo Giorgi. He Studied later with Francesco Petracchi at the renowned Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona. Already during his studies he started his carrier as a chamber musician, becoming in 2001 a member of the chamber string ensemble “I solisti aquilani”, with whom he played as a soloist the Bottesini repertoire in Italy, Vietnam, Singapore and many other countries in Europe. After, from 2004 until 2006 he was principal solo doublebass of the orchestra of the “Teatro Massimo” of Palermo and of the “Teatro dell’Opera” of Rome.

In 2007 decided to leave his Orchestra carrier and to focus on new experimental techniques. He became one of the few pupils of the well renowned doublebass player and composer Stefano Scodanibbio from whom he learned all the extended techniques from the last century. Moreover he studied experimental musical theatre with Georges Aperghis and Pierre Sublet at the HKB of Bern, working especially on the works of J. Cage, D. Schnabel and G. Aperghis.

Dario Calderone is well appreciated as a chamber musician and soloist,and focuses his activity mainly on the literature of the last 40 years. He is member of Nieuw ensemble (NL), Ensemble Algoritmo (IT) and Ensemble Laboratorium (CH), and has been often invited to collaborate with ASKO/Schoenberg ensemble and Klangforum Wien. He collaborated with a number of composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ivan Fedele, Yannis Kyriakides, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen and Robert Ashley in the creation of new pieces for solo doublebass or chamber music with doublebass. In 2008 co funds CO2, a duo with the flutist Riccarda Caflisch; in 2012 starts, together with Yannis Kyriakides, Anne Laberge, Wijk Hijmans and Reinier Van Houdt the MAzE project, based in Amsterdam, for experimental interactive composition. Regularly plays chamber music with Marco Rogliano and Mario Caroli.

He is regularly invited in many festivals of contemporary music (Biennale di Venezia, Nuova Consonanza, Auditorium Parco della musica di Roma, Traiettorie Parma, Rec Festival of Reggio Emilia, Tage fur Neue Musiek Zurich, Luzern Festival, Davos Festival, Festival d’Automne of Paris, Muziekgebow Amsterdam, November Music of Den Bosch, Gaudeamus festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Berliner Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary music festival, June in Buffalo in NY, Reyna Sofia in Madrid, Festival de Alicante,NYID festival Tallinn etc…). He recorded for Wergo, Stradivarius, Attacca Records, Dynamic, Unsounds and the Bottesini B minor concerto for Nbb Records.

Active as a teacher he gave masterclasses in the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Uzbekistan state conservatory and the Shanghai music Academy. He also had different recognitions in competitions, like, among others, 1° prize at W. Benzi competition in 2002 and IMD Darmstadt Stipendiumprize in 2006.

Niels Meliefste (percussion)

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niels 184Niels Meliefste (1979, NL) studied classical percussion at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague under Wim Vos and Luuk Nagtegaal, and African percussion under Aly n’Diaye Rose.
In 2000, he was awarded second place, public place and the students prize of the TROMP-concours, in 2003 the Jury prize at the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours and in 2005 (with Claire Edwardes as Duo Vertigo) third place of the Internationaal Gaudeamus Vertolkers Concours.
Niels is a member of Anumadutchi and from 2006 on of The Hague Percussion. Furthermore, he played with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Radio Kamerorkest, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Bremen). With cellist Annie Tangberg he set up Duo Percucello.

Godelieve Schrama (harp)

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Godelieve-met-184Godelieve Schrama plays the entire harp repertoire. She has mastered the various playing styles down to the minutest details, focusing intently on serving the music. Schrama has garnered praise for her clear, lucid performances, which give free rein to all the accents and nuances embodied in a given work. In 1996, she was awarded the Dutch Music Prize – the highest distinction conferred on classical musicians in the Netherlands – for her work.
Schrama has a preference for challenging pieces that do justice to the expressive potential of the solo harp. Accordingly, she is constantly exploring all manner of compositions, assessing their power of expression as it can be conveyed by the harp. This is an ongoing process, one that sometimes transports her to unexpected places in music history.
‘As an independent musician, I have the freedom to choose my own repertoire and the partners with whom I collaborate based on the unwavering criteria of quality, professionalism and expressivity. I very much enjoy difficult pieces. One learns so much when intensely involved with a complex score. What is it that the composer wishes to communicate? It’s interesting to figure that out by gradually making the piece your own. I also enjoy working on unusual repertoire and am always on the lookout for compositions which were originally scored for other instruments but which also work well on the harp.’
Schrama has recorded a number of CDs, which demonstrate the scope of her abilities, ranging from monumental works by such composers as Britten, Fauré and Ginastera to pieces originally written for harpsichord by Scarlatti, Haydn and Soler. She has also recorded various works written specially for her by composers including Willem Jeths, Roel van Oosten and Sıdıka Özdil.

Koen Kaptijn

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koen-trombone-184Koen Kaptijn (1976-) completed his master’s degree in December 2001 at the Conservatory of Rotterdam under George Wiegel, Jorgen van Rijen, Pierre Volders, Jilt Jansma and Bart van Lier. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship to study for 3 months at the Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique in Lyon under Michel Becquet.

He has attended master classes with Christian Lindberg, Viktor Sumerkin, Maxim Ignatiev and Jonas Bylund. In 1998 he won the Erasmus Chamber Music prize as a member of a brass quintet. He also studied composition for 2 years under Peter-Jan Wagemans, René Uijlenhoed and Klaas de Vries.

Koen is highly involved in contemporary music. He is a member of Ensemble MAE in Amsterdam (formerly known as Maarten Altena Ensemble), Trio 7090 with pianist Nora Mulder and violinist Bas Wiegers, the New Trombone Collective in Rotterdam, the Clazz Ensemble in Rotterdam and the music theatre group Liefdes Zegepraal. He was principal trombonist in the Orchestra de Volharding from 1998 until 2009. He also works as a freelance trombonist on regular basis with other ensembles such as the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble and Nieuw Amsterdams Peil. In 2006 he was involved as a soloist in the highly acclaimed music theatre group Orkater.

Koen composes both for individual soloists or ensembles. In 2008 his trio Roundelay was premiered by Trio 7090 and his 6 Monographs for flute, viola, harp and prerecorded ensemble will be premiered in 2009. In 2007 he premiered Trombone Song of Yannis Kyriakides in a revised version by himself.

In 2007 he began a course Modern Music Theatre together with Arlon Luijten at CODARTS in Rotterdam.