Artistic Leadership: Chris Fictoor (1948)
Conductor; Composer; Music Pedagogue; Church Musician. Management Consultant; Mentor, Personal Coach. Diplomas Prince Claus Conservatoire: Choral Conducting, School Music, Gregorian Chant. Chief and Guest Conductor professional and amateur companies; Chairman Festival Juries. His compositions have been performed in various European countries, USA and Japan.
Higher Education: Senior Lecturer Choral Conducting, School Music, and Church Music;
Conservatoire Director; Dean School of Performing Arts Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Guest senior lecturer Business University Nyenrode, Senior Management Development. Chairman Boards, Advisor, in Cultural and Higher Education Sector, international and national; Vice President European Association of Conservatories. Director Management Consultancy Company.
Artistic Leadership: Geert-Jan van Beijeren Bergen en Henegouwen (1977)
Conductor and pianist.
Theatre manager, Choral Conducting teacher, Coach for young conductors.
Diplomas Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen: Piano; Choral Conducting.
Chief conductor: Chamber choirs Dualis; and Oratorio Choir Bekker Groningen.
2005: Only participant from the Netherlands selected for Eric Ericson Masterclass.
Professors: Simon Halsey (Chief Conductor Groot Omroepkoor), and Andre Thomas (USA).
2006-2007: Assistant Conductor Groot Omroepkoor.
Guest Conductor: Professional choirs: Groot Omroepkoor, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Bachkoor Holland and Capella Frisiae.Worked together with: Frans Brüggen, Phillippe Herreweghe, Hartmut Haenchen, Thierry Fisher, Reinbert de Leeuw, Paul Goodwin and Reinhard Goebel. Jury Member at various international and national Choir Festivals.
Guest master weekend September 2019: Arjan Tien
Violinist and viola player
Graduated in Utrecht as Performing Musician with distinction (1994). Teachers: Philipp Hirschhorn, Ron Ephrat. Supplier of violas National Youth Orchestra; viola player Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (1992-2005). Concertmaster Brabant Chamber Orchestra.
Studied orchestral conducting with George Hurst and Roberto Benzi. Arjan Tien conducted in the Netherlands: Residentie Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, Gelders Orkest, Orchestra of the East, Chapel of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Robeco Summer Concerts Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Metropole Orkest, made CD and DVD recordings.
Led conservatory orchestras Maastricht and Groningen, Dutch Student Orchestra and Youth Orchestra Netherlands. Currently chief conductor KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa and leads regular productions with other South African orchestras. Made CD with Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.
Guest conductor Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and WDR Funkhaus Orchestra.
Gave further concerts with orchestras in Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland.
Led premieres by, among others, Deux Entr’actes Tragiques by Wagner, Les Animaux Modèles by Poulenc. Directed operas with Les Contes d’Hoffmann Offenbach, God’s Video Library of M. Krüs and La Traviata of Verdi; guest conductor Värmland Opera (Sweden).
Main subject teacher orchestra direction Maastricht Conservatory. Regularly gives international master classes.
First prize Rotary Faller Competition International Masterclass Conductors La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland). Edison for CD “Quand tu dors & quot; with Wende Cutters. Silver Waalbrug Pin Nijmegen.
“They linked very good together, worked from different angles on same things. Professionally, moved.”