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In 2023, the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will be under the musical direction of the enthusiastic and renowned conductor Sander Teepen.
Sander Teepen was born in Deurne into a musical family. He started playing the oboe at the age of 8 and studied at the Fontys Conservatory with Herman Vincken. He substituted as an oboist with, among others, Het Residentie Orkest, philharmonie zuidnederland, Het Gelders Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest and the Limburg Symphony Orchestra. He is also associated with the Anemos Arts Ensemble, composed of musicians from philharmonie zuidnederland.
He took conducting lessons with Jan Stulen, Otto Tausk and Jac van Steen, among others. He also took part in master classes led by Jorma Panula, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi and Leonid Grin.
Sander participated in several conductor competitions and walked away with several awards. For example, in 2012 he won the conducting competition at the MAV Symphonic Orchestra in Budapest, in 2013 the “special-jury” prize at the Blue Danube Opera conducting competition, in 2014 the “George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Prize” at the Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest conducting competition, and in 2015 he came second at the Blue Danube Opera conducting competition. This led to several collaborations at home and abroad. He came to conduct opera houses in Ostrava and Stara Zagora, and was guest conductor with the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in Iasi and the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra in Timisoara.
Furthermore, Sander provided guest conducting with, among others: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Ballet Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, Phion, North Dutch Orchestra, philharmonie zuidnederland, Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice. Sander was awarded the prestigious conducting scholarship from “Het Kersjes Fonds” in 2018. Last four seasons he was associated with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant conductor.
Since September 2020, Sander has been affiliated with Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam as professor of orchestral conducting.
Sander also conducted the Nesko in 2019. Both Sander and the orchestra enjoyed the collaboration tremendously.
Photography by Jostijn Ligtvoet Fotografie
In 2023, the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will play with Niek Baar, where he will be the soloist in Dvořák’s violin concerto.
Dutch violinist Niek Baar has made a name for himself in recent years as a charismatic and serious musician, who has been able to thrill audiences nationally and internationally, receiving rave reviews for this at such renowned venues as the Philarmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Oriental Centre Shanghai and the Gewandhaus in Munich.
A major boost to his career came in 2018 when he won first prize at the Oskar Back Competition in the Netherlands.
Niek, who made his solo debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic at the age of 16, is a regular soloist with orchestras such as the German Radio Philarmonie Saarbrücken, Concertgebouw Kamerorkest, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
He is also an enthusiastic chamber musician and a much sought-after guest at festivals such as the Bach Festival Dordrecht (Netherlands), Marvão International Music Festival (Portugal) and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany).
An intensive and long-term musical collaboration links him with the pianist Ben Kim, with whom he has already given several duo recitals in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Gasteig Munich (broadcast live by BR-Klassik). The debut at the Philharmonie Essen followed in November 2021. For “Avrotros Klassiek,” the two musicians recorded a CD of duo works by Kreisler, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
A particular highlight recently was Nieks return as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, with whom he played Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in three concerts in the Rotterdam Doelen, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Recent projects have included concerts with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken (Paganini), the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and Isabelle van Keulen (Mozart, Schnittke), the Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern (Schumann) and duo recitals with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout (Concertgebouw and Vredenburg)
Niek Baar toured Germany with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and recorded his debut CD with them for Channel Classics / Outhere Music, which was released in August 2022 and has since received extremely positive reviews both nationally and internationally.
Niek has a special connection to the music of Robert Schumann, who fascinates him as a person and composer, and whose three violin sonatas and rarely performed violin concerto are among Niek’s core repertoire. Other important pillars in the violinist’s broad repertoire include the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and György Kurtág.
Niek has won numerous national and international music competitions, including the 2010 Princess Christina Competition (1st prize) and “International Solo Bach Competition” in London 2012 (1st prize). He also received the Grommek Prize at the Kronberg Festival and was awarded the Kersjes Prize in 2015.
Niek Baar was born in Rotterdam in 1991 and received his first violin lessons at the age of eight. Four years later he was admitted to the preliminary training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Here Niek studied successively with Mireille van der Wart, and Peter Brunt and graduated cum laude in 2012. He then studied at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Prof. Stephan Picard and obtained his master’s degree there with distinction in July 2016. As of 2016, Niek continued his studies in Munich with Prof. Christoph Poppen. Two other musicians and teachers who greatly inspired Niek were Mihaela Martin and Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma.
Niek lives in Berlin. He plays on a violin “ex Vornbaum” built by Carlo Bergonzi in Cremona in 1729. This violin belongs to the Tjardus Greidanus Foundation in Amsterdam and was loaned to Niek by the Foundation.
Photography by Martijn Gijsbertsen
In 2023, Karmit Fadael will compose a commissioned piece for the Nesko.
Karmit Fadael is a Dutch-Israeli composer. She grew up in the Netherlands and at her musical base is the violin. In high school she took the final exam subject of music which made her start composing (obligatory). As a result, she participated in the composition competition of The Dutch Wind Ensemble. This is how she came into contact with Calliope Tsoupaki and the Hague Conservatory in 2012. She enjoyed her studies (2014-jan2019) at the same institute with Calliope Tsoupaki, Guus Janssen and Martijn Padding which she completed cum laude. She is currently receiving artistic coaching from Hans Abrahamsen.
“As a person I am emotional, opinionated, rational but also calm. You can recognize these qualities in my music. In my work I try to cooperate intensively with musicians. In this way I hope to enchant the audience with the power of my notes.’
In her music, through melodies, harmonies and structures, she is looking for many kinds of sound combinations. In which she likes to combine ‘old’ techniques with ‘new’ elements. She is also a great lover of overtones and non-Western scales.
During her studies she wrote for various ensembles and received master classes from Michael Pisaro, Kate Moore, Mary Oliver, Geza Szilvay (founder of the violin method ‘Colourstrings’). She participated on violin in the Dutch Impro Academy and played in the Young Metropole (project orchestra NJO:Muziekzomer). In 2018, she unanimously won the ‘Tromp Composition Concours’.
In 2021, she was awarded a stipend from the Friends of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also received commissions from the NTR:Zaterdagmatinee, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta/the Cello Biennale, Gaudeamus and November Music, among others. Her works are performed all over the world. Including such prominent venues in the Netherlands as the Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and TivoliVredenburg.
More information: http://www.karmitfadael.com/about.html
Photography by Marco Borggreve