This month is an amazing one for masterclasses and open rehearsals, with some internationally renowned teachers coming to Amsterdam to coach advanced students. Usually, the public can attend these masterclasses free of charge, and hear the inspiring changes that can be wrought be a master-teacher on the sound of an up-and-coming musician. If you attend a masterclass, you don’t have to attend for the whole day – it’s ok to just come for the morning, or to pop in and out, but it’s nice to wait till you hear applause before going in or leaving, so you don’t distract the musicians. In addition to this there are some fine lunchtime and evening concerts with a mixture of new and well-established artists.
11:00 -17:00 and 19:30-22:00 Thursday 9 January
Bernard Haitinkzaal and Sweelinkczaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
The Beethoven Project
Students from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam participate in masterclasses and lectures onrepertoire by Beethoven, with masters such as Vera Beths (violin), Anner Bijlsma (cello) and David Kuyken (piano) among others. the project culminates in a final concert at 19:30. The masterclasses and the final concert may be attended by the public, free of charge.
14:30-17:30 Monday 13 January
Bernard Haitinkzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Masterclass with Hans Stroecker
Bass trombonist Hans Stroecker plays with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with the Vienna Trombone Quartet sat on the jury of some important competitions. Here he comes to Amsterdam to coach students of the Conservatorium. The public may attend free of charge.
12:30-13:00 Wednesday 15 January
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in an open rehearsal of their current programme. A wonderful opportunity to hear exactly how a master-conductor prepares his orchestra for a concert.
10:00-17:00 Thursday 16 January
Sweelinckzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Masterclass with Ira Siff
Operatic tenor Ira Siff is a master of the bel canto technique and repertoire, founder of the satirical transvestite ensemble La Gran Scena Opera Company di New York, and coach for the Metropolitan Opera New York’s young artist programmes. In a masterclass free and open to the public he coaches voice students from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam on operatic repertoire.
12:30-13:00 Friday 17 January
Sweelinckzaal. Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Olga Pashchenko, fortepiano
Multiple competition-winning young artist Olga Pashchenko is at the start of what promises to be a very exciting career, performing all over Europe on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord and organ. In this free lunch-concert she gives a recital on fortepiano.
12:30-13:30 Tuesday 21 January
This young saxophone quartet specialises in contemporary music, taking their name from the Dutch composer Keuris, who has a great influence on contemporary music for saxophones. In thie free lunch-concert they play music by Keuris, Iannis Xenakis and Thierry Escaich.
12:30-13:00 Wednesday 22 January
Singer Nora Fischer creates an atmospheric tribute to the voice and to music, working in collaboration with lighting designer Floriaan Ganzevoort. She performs music from the 16th to the 21st centuries with fellow musicians Daniel Kool (piano), Mike Fentross (theorbo) and Nika Zlatarić (viola da gamba).
12:00-17:30 Thursday 23 January
10:00-16:00 Friday 24 January
Sweelinckzaal and rooms 508/505, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Masterclass with Jürgen Kussmaul
The German violist and conductor Jürgen Kussmaul has played with string trio L’Archibudelli, the German Bach Soloists and was for many years principal viola in the Heidelberg and Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra. As a conductor, he directs the Gustav Mahler Academy Bolzano, and has made many recordings with these and other ensembles. In a masteclass which is free and open to the public, he coaches viola students from the Conservaotrium van Amsterdam.
20:15-21:15 Wednesday 29 January
Tucked away in a narrow side-street in the heart of the red light district, the tiny chapel Het Bethaniënklooster nestles amid youth hostels, massage salons and red-lit windows. This concert presents pianist Florent Mourier and duo Kim Spierenburg (violin) and Kanako Inoue (piano) in a programme of Lizst, Schubert, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. €5, or free for students.
10:00-18:00 Thursday 30 January
13:00-20:00 Friday 31 January
Sweelinckzaal and Bernard Haitinkzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Masterclass with Margreet Honig
The Dutch singer Margreet Honig is renowned all over Europe and the USA as an exceptional teacher. She made a special study of the French mélodie in Paris with Pierre Bernac, working in the tradition of masters of the French song Poulenc, Duparc and Fauré. Here she coaches advanced voice students from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Working with integrity and heart, she uncovers the true individual soul locked inside each singer’s personal sound. This masterclass is free and open to the public.