During it’s tour in 2019 the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by the young and energetic Stijn Berkouwer.
Stijn studied in Amsterdam and Berlin. He graduated in orchestral direction with Lucas Vis as his teacher at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2011. Three years later, in 2014, he graduated at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Stijn began with playing the piano at young age. Besides playing the piano he also plays the double bass and bassguitar and he has much experience as a singer in numerous choirs.
In 2016 Stijn won the Anton Kersjes scholarship for young directors. He participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and David Robertson. Stijn directed Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Opera Zuid, Het Gelders Orkest and het Noord Nederlands Orkest and hij collaborated as an assistent director with the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra. Currently Stijn is the principal director of Symfonieorkest de Philharmonie in Amsterdam and the student orchestra Krashna Musika in Delft.
Nesko is very glad to have Stijn Berkouwer as it's director in 2020!