Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.|
In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend has developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as in China and Australia.
In November 2012 Jan Willem de Vriend will be awarded the Dutch "Radio 4 Prize". The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who had distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.
In May 2012 a series of 4 with the title De Vriend & his heroes was broadcasted on Dutch television (NTR) Ned.1
Lovers of music from the 17th and 18th century will find all aspects of this rich musical period in the coming season: dance, opera, oratoria, cantatas and concerts.|
From Brasil to Bach: Händel, Vivaldi, Bach and an anonymous Brazilian baroque composer. With Russian mezzo soprano Alisa Kolosova
Dance, danca, DANSEZ: Rebel, Rameau and Couperin. A touch of French suite, Italian sonata and a lot of Spanish temperament.
Mythical mini-operas: Haydn and Händel with soprano Lisa Larsson and bariton Maarten Koningsberger
Platée: scenic opera by Rameau with the Nationale Reisopera and Claron McFadden among others.
Weihnachtsoratorium by J.S. Bach with Ned. Kamerkoor
Requiem & Missa Bruxellensis by Biber with Laurens Collegium from Rotterdam
Pearl: dance and baroque music with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
For complete programme: www.combattimento.nl
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam devotes itself to the music of about 1600 to 1830. Since its founding in 1982, it has performed virtually throughout the world as well as on many CDs, DVDs and television productions. For decades, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has had its own concert series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in which many entirely unknown – and mostly unpublished – pieces are performed alongside more familiar works, such as the yearly Matthaus Passion and Weihnachtsoratorium by Bach. Their 25th anniversary in 2007 was celebrated with the impressive project of Bibers Missa Salisburgensis, for the very first time in the original version with 4 organs and as many choirs.
|The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (former Orkest van het Oosten, based in Enschede), directed by chief conductor Jan Willem de Vriend, brings passion, commitment and virtuosity to its audience, both nationally and internationally. Its balanced programming offers inspiring elements while the use of period instruments in the performance of its classical repertoire gives the orchestra its unique and highly individual character. The orchestra works with the Nationale Reisopera (Dutch National Touring Opera Company) and regional choirs, and has undertaken successful tours to the Unites States, Canary Islands, Spain and the UK. CD recordings of music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Dutch composers including Jan van Gilse and Julius Röntgen are acclaimed and in great demand, and have established the orchestra’s national and international reputation. The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra was awarded the Edison Audience Award 2010 for its recording of Paganini’s violin concertos 1 and 2 with violinist Rudolf Koelman. It has accompanied other famous soloists, such as Ronald Brautigam, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Natalia Gutman, Charlotte Margiono and many others.
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