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Faculty Members and Accompanists



Pierre Amoyal

Pierre Amoyal, one of the leading violinists of his generation, has achieved worldwide success in a repertoire ranging from Bach to concertos by Berg, Schoenberg and, most recently, Dutilleux. At the age of twelve he was awarded the first prize at the Paris Conservatory. He then studied for five years with Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles. On his return to Paris, Pierre Amoyal was immediately engaged by Sir Georg Solti for performances of the Berg Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris, launching him on an international career which has seen him performing regularly with the world's great orchestras and conductors, among them von Karajan, Ozawa, Maazel, Solti, Prêtre, Frühbeck de Burgos, Rozhdestvensky, Sanderling, Dutoit and Boulez. His appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under von Karajan was followed by many further performances with this orchestra, including the German premiere of the Dutilleux Concerto under Lorin Maazel. He is an annual guest with the major French orchestras and also appears throughout Europe, the Far East, the United States and Canada.

Highlights of the 2004-2005 season include concerts in Barcelona, Belgium, Paris, Montpellier, Toulon, Duisburg and, in June, his third tour in New Zealand. He will be a jury member of the New Zealand International Competition 2005, the Sibelius International Competition 2006 and the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2006.

Pierre Amoyal's numerous recordings for Decca include works by Fauré, Chausson, Franck, Saint-Saëns and Respighi, as well as the Dutilleux Concerto in the presence of the composer. His most recent recordings for Harmonia Mundi include Prokofiev's integral works for violin and piano, the three Grieg sonatas and the Brahms violin sonatas, all with Frederic Chiu, and the Violin Concerto of René Koering.

Pierre Amoyal was appointed a professor at the National Conservatory in Paris at a very young age and now teaches at the Lausanne Conservatory. He is the artistic director of the Lausanne Summer Music Academy, devoted exclusively to the violin/piano repertoire, which he originated with Alexis Weissenberg in 1991 and now co-directs with Bruno Canino. The Camerata of Lausanne, consisting of fourteen young musicians from around the world, was founded by Amoyal and performs in prestigious festivals and concert halls in France, Switzerland and Italy. He again joins the faculty of TIHMS in 2005.

Awarded the Prix du Rayonnement de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Création Artistique in 2002, he plays the Kochansky Stradivarius dating from 1717, miraculously recovered in Italy after its theft in 1987.

Rudolf Koelman

Rudolf Koelman was born in Amsterdam in 1959. At the age of seven he received his first violin lessons from Jan Bor. In 1972 he began an extensive study of the violin under Herman Krebbers at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. From 1978 to 1981 he was one of Jascha Heifetz' last pupils at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1997 and 1998 he was concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He currently teaches at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf and at the Musikhochschule Zürich and is frequently invited as a guest professor to major universities. He joins the faculty of The International Holland Music Sessions for the first time in 2005.

Rudolf Koelman perfoms worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician and has made numerous TV-, radio- and CD-recordings. He has performed with such renowned musicians as Alexander Baillie, Kees Bakels, Ronald Brautigam, Colin Davis, Dmitri Ferschtman, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Godfried Hoogeveen, Ton Koopman, Peter Maag, Antoine Oomen, Paul Rosenthal, Kurt Sanderling, Georg Friedrich Schenck, Peter Solomon, Rafaël Wallfisch, and many others. He has been soloist with orchestras throughout the Netherlands, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as numerous orchestras abroad, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Korea and Japan.

Among his recordings on the Wiediscon, Ars Produktion and Hänssler Classic labels are a live recording of the 24 'Caprices' for solo violin of Paganini, two CD's of the violin sonatas of Brahms and Prokofiev respectively with pianist Antoine Oomen, a live recording of the Conus Violin Concerto in e minor with the orchestra of the Conservatory of Winterthur, Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' with the Zurich String Soloists, a CD of piano quartets by Brahms, Mahler and Schnittke, a recording entitled 'Kreisler Masterpieces' and an album of 'favorite encores'.

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Herman Krebbers (honored guest)

Herman Krebbers made his first appearance as a nine-year-old prodigy. After 1945 he toured throughout the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Argentina, Russia, Portugal and England.

He is the recipient of a gold record for his interpretations of the violin concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and an Edison Award for the two concertos of Haydn. He has also recorded the violin concertos of Paganini, Dvorák, Bruch, Viotti no. 22, Vieuxtemps no. 4, Bach a minor, Brahms double concerto with cellist Tibor de Machula, Vivaldi and Bach double concertos with violinist Theo Olof, Vivaldi '4 Seasons', Saint-Saëns 'Havanaise' and 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso' and Ravel 'Tzigane'.

Herman Krebbers was professor at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf for eight years, and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, a position he held for more than forty years. He has been a member of the jury at international violin competitions in Tokyo, Brussels, Munich, Genoa, Geneva, London, Vienna, Salzburg, Augsburg, Folkstone, Hannover, Pretoria, Vercelli, Paris, Weimar, Poznan, Leipzig, Markneukirchen, Scheveningen, Cologne and Boulogne sur Mer. A member of the faculty of TIHMS since 1989, he has been invited to give numerous master classes in Japan, Canada, France, Spain, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy and South Africa.

For his many contributions to the musical life of the Netherlands Herman Krebbers was appointed 'Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau'.

Anatoly Resnikovsky

Anatoly Resnikovsky is a Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, an Honorable Guest Professor of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory (Carelia) and Kerava Music College (Finland). He is one of the foremost specialists in the world in the correction and development of violin technique. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and received his Doctor of Performing Arts degree under Professor Veniamin Sher, one of the last representatives of the famous Leopold Auer school (among his pupils are such well-known performers as Vladimir Spivakov and the late Viktor Liberman).

Anatoly Resnikovsky performs extensively in East- and West-Europe and South Korea. He collaborates with contemporary composers and has given many first performances of their works. Numerous compositions of leading St. Petersburg composers are dedicated to Anatoly Resnikovsky.

Professor Resnikovsky has also a great reputation as a conductor of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as a conductor in many cities of the former USSR, Estonia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece and has broadcast on Russian, Estonian and Moldavian Radio.

Among his students are many prizewinners of international violin competitions and leaders of orchestras of the Budapest State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Mariinsky and Mussorgsky Theaters in St. Petersburg, Mexico Symphony and others. Anatoly Resnikovsky gives regular master classes in Greece, Finland, Hungary, Estonia and South Korea (Seoul). He joined the TIHMS Summer Academy in 2003 and returns in 2005.

'...performance was truly magical. Anatoly Resnikovsky is a violinist of great potential, a master of shades, the sound of his violin pouring directly into the audience. Favorite of the Kozani Music Festival.' ('Proinos Logos', Greece)

'Anatoly Resnikovsky's performance fully demonstrated the best features of the St. Petersburg school of playing: exquisite taste, sense of style and diversity of bowing technique and sound palette.' ('Kaleva', Finland)



Dmitri Ferschtman

Dmitri Ferschtman was born in Moscow in 1945. He started his musical education at a very early age at the Central Music School in the same city, continuing in 1964 at the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Professor Galina Kozoloepova and Professor Natalia Gutman. In his second year at the conservatory, he became one of the founders of the Glinka String Quartet, which won a first prize at an international string quartet competition in Belgium in 1969. In July 1975 he took part in a recording of a work by Shostakovich conducted, until several weeks before his death, by the composer himself.

Following a recording of the Mahler Piano Quartet in Russia one month before his departure, Dmitri Ferschtman took up residence in the Netherlands, where he began a new career as a soloist, chamber musician, duo-partner with his wife, pianist Mila Baslawskaya, and soloist with many orchestras under such conductors as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery and Edo de Waart. In addition, Ferschtman has been principal cellist in various Radio Broadcast Orchestras and is now affiliated with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dmitri Ferschtman has an extensive discography as well, with CD recordings of works by Bloch, Brahms, Debussy, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Reger, Schumann, and Russian composers Miaskowski, Schnittke and Shostakovich. His CD recording of various works of Prokofiev with pianist Ronald Brautigam won high praise in the international press.

Ferschtman is a professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He gives master classes in Germany, France, Japan and, since 1988, at the Summer Academy of The International Holland Music Sessions. Mr. Ferschtman plays a Domenico Busan cello dating from 1766.

Johannes Goritzki

Johannes Goritzki was born in Tübingen, Germany, and studied cello with such musical legends as Gaspar Cassadò, André Navarra and Pablo Casals. It was Cassadò, in particular, who introduced Goritzki to the 'sound of the cello'. As teacher and father-figure alike, it was he who turned the instrumentalist Goritzki into a musician.

Goritzki collaborates with pianist Pavel Gililov and with many chamber music ensembles. One of the highlights of his extensive discography is Otmar Schoeck's cello concerto, a recording which filled a gap that had only become apparent after the release of this brilliant production.

Johannes Goritzki has also enjoyed an extensive career as a conductor. He has conducted at the Philharmonie in Berlin, in Cologne and Munich, at the Berlin Schauspielhaus, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Düsseldorf Tonhalle; he has led orchestras in Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Paris's Salle Gaveau, and conducted the gala performance for the reopening of the Teatro Felice in Genoa. He conducted Graun's 'Montezuma' and Mozart's 'Così fan tutte' at the Bellas Artes opera house in Mexico City, and has guested at the Berlin Festwochen, Bucharest's Enescu Festival, Finland's Kuhmo Festival and, at the request of Gidon Kremer, in Lockenhaus. Under Goritzki's baton, great musicians such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Nikita Magaloff, Radu Lupu, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Aurèle Nicolet have performed a musical spectrum from the Baroque to the avant-garde.

As principal conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Goritzki also dedicates himself to his own special projects whenever he can. Among them are the symphonies of Max Reger's pupil Johanna Senfter which, in the words of their discoverer, are of truly Brucknerian dimensions. They will soon be recorded with the Bamberg Symphony for the BIS label. Johannes Goritzki is professor of cello at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf. He joined the faculty of TIHMS in 2003 and 2004 and will do so again in 2005.

Harro Ruijsenaars

Harro Ruijsenaars, born in 1945, is one of the most outstanding cellists of his generation. His career as a soloist has brought him to most European countries, the USA, the former Soviet Union and the Far East. He has performed with all orchestras in the Netherlands and many orchestras abroad under the batons of such distinguished maestros as Antal Dorati, Sir Charles Groves, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Okko Kamu, Riccardo Chailly, Neeme Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Hans Vonk and Jaap van Zweden.

Ruijsenaars, who studied with the French master cellist Maurice Gendron, has a repertoire of over thirty cello concertos varying from Vivaldi to Gubaidulina. As a chamber musician he has partnered pianists Ronald Brautigam, Roland Pöntinen, Viktoria Postnikova and recently Rian de Waal as well as such illustrious chamber music ensembles as the Alban Berg and Orlando quartets and the Nash ensemble on all stages in the Netherlands and in Europe, Asia and North and South America.

As principal cellist he held positions with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (1968-1977) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1977-1989). After a break of twelve years, during which time he moved to Sweden to take up a post as professor at the conservatories of Aarhus and Göteborg, he returned to the Netherlands as principal cellist of the The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest), a position which he currently combines with a professorship in cello at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and at the University of Göteborg (cello and chamber music). He joined the faculty of TIHMS for several years and returns in 2005.

Noteworthy activities in the Netherlands have included participation in the highly successful Bach Project ('the six cello suites performed by six cellists'), a tour of the country as soloist with the North Netherlands Orchestra in the Dvorak Concerto conducted by Viktor Liberman and, recently, a performance of Beethoven's 'Triple' Concerto with Janine Jansen, Roland Pöntinen and the Residentie Orkest under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. His newest CD - works by Franz Liszt, including some of his own transcriptions, in collaboration with pianist Rian de Waal - has been released on the Classico label.



Boris Berman

Born in Moscow, Boris Berman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. He performed extensively throughout the former Soviet Union as a recitalist and appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber orchestras. In 1973 he left the Soviet Union to immigrate to Israel, quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers and a highly influential musical personality. Presently residing in the USA, he continues to perform internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors.

Mr. Berman's acclaimed recordings on the Philips, Deutsche Gramophon and Melodia labels have been complemented with 2 CDs of the complete piano sonatas of Scriabin for the Music and Arts label and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Neeme Järvi (Chandos) marked the beginning of an ambitious project of recording the complete Prokofiev solo piano works. The first pianist ever to undertake this task, Mr. Berman has released it on nine Chandos CDs to great critical acclaim. His most recent discography shows the breadth of his repertoire: a disc 'Debussy for Children' (Ottavo); two releases of works for prepared piano by John Cage (Naxos - named Top Recording by the BBC Music Magazine); piano quintets of Shostakovich and Schnittke with the Vermeer Quartet (Naxos); and a recording of Scott Joplin's Ragtimes (Ottavo).

A dedicated teacher of international stature, Boris Berman has served on the faculties of Indiana (Bloomington), Boston, Brandeis and Tel-Aviv universities. He currently heads the Piano Department at Yale School of Music. In 2000, the prestigious Yale University Press published his book 'Notes from the Pianist's Bench', in which Berman draws on his vast experience as performer and teacher to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Mr. Berman is a frequent jury member of international competitions such as Leeds, Dublin and the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv. Mr. Berman regularly gives international master classes and he was director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute (1990-92) and of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong (1995-97). In 2005 he again joins the faculty of The International Holland Music Sessions.

Marie-Françoise Bucquet

French pianist Marie-Françoise Bucquet began her studies at the Vienna Music Academy and continued this tradition by further studies with the legendary pianist Wilhelm Kempff and later with Alfred Brendel. The influence of Edouard Steuermann and Max Deutsch, who were both pupils of Arnold Schönberg, and the French composer Pierre Boulez made her also a specialist in 20th-century music. Many contemporary composers, among them Jolas, Xenakis and Bussotti, composed works especially for her. Her concert tours as a soloist and with orchestra have brought her all over the world. For the Philips label she recorded works by, among others, Bizet, Bartók, Stockhausen and Stravinsky. In 1976 Marie-Françoise Bucquet was awarded an Edison for one of her Schönberg recordings. She has given master classes in Italy, Spain, the United States and Japan and, since 1988, at The International Holland Music Sessions.

Since 1986 she has been professor of piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where she was appointed Head of the Pedagogical Department and member of the Board in 1991. Since 1979 Marie-Françoise Bucquet has formed a duo with her husband, baritone Jorge Chaminé. Their discography includes several award-winning recordings: Brahms Lieder (Lyrinx-Harmonia Mundi), Carlos Guastavino Songs (Movieplay Classics), Hebrew Songs (ADDA) and in 2002 a new release of a recording of Spanish Songs by De Falla, Turina and Nin for Lyrinx-Harmonia Mundi. With her husband she organizes each year an Atelier Musical in Paris in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian for special lessons in interpretation and performance. Marie-Françoise Bucquet has been a jury member at many international piano competitions, among them the International Piano Competition in Dublin.

Detlef Kraus (honored guest)

Born in Hamburg in 1919, Detlef Kraus made his debut at the age of 16 with the complete Volume 1 and 2 of Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier'. Following the tradition of Edwin Fischer, Walter Gieseking and especially Wilhelm Kempff, who was his main mentor for many years, Mr. Kraus became a master of the classical and romantic repertoire, performing a broad range of music including the complete Beethoven sonatas and specifically the works of Johannes Brahms in the world's major music centers.

As a soloist with prestigious orchestras he performed with such distinguished conductors as Eugen Jochum, Josef Keilberth, Hans Schmitt-Isserstedt, Hans Knappertsbusch, Ferenc Fricsay, Kurt Masur and Wolfgang Sawallisch. His four-recital cycle of the complete piano works of Brahms was recorded in New York by National Public Radio and has been broadcast frequently in the United States. CD recordings of the complete piano works of Brahms on the Thorofon label won the highest praise from the international press. Other recordings included sonatas by Haydn and works by Schubert and Schumann. A particularly praised LP-recording of works by Beethoven with the title 'Der heitere Beethoven', originally issued on the Philips label, was re-released on CD in 1989 (Philips 426628-2).

As President of the International Johannes Brahms Society since 1982, Mr. Kraus was responsible for the initiation of the International Brahms Competition conducted for the first time one year later. Now 85 years of age, Detlef Kraus is still active as a performer and teacher, giving concerts in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Japan. In 2000 he was invited to give a master class at The International Holland Music Sessions and he returns in 2005 as a special honored guest. During the last decennium Mr. Kraus has written a great many articles concerning Brahms (published by Hans Schneider, Tutzing) and a book about the interpretation of the works of Johannes Brahms (F. Noetzel-Verlag, Heinrichshofen), which was translated into English and Japanese (Ongaku no tomo). The city of Hamburg awarded him the Brahms prize in 1975.

Jan Wijn

Jan Wijn studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and continued his studies with Bela Siki in Switzerland and Alicia de Larrocha in Spain. In 1960 he won the first prize at the international piano competition in Orense (Spain), which marked the start of his international career. In the years that followed he performed with all the major orchestras in the Netherlands including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Kiril Kondrashin. In addition, he regularly concertized in England, France, Germany and Spain, and toured extensively in Russia, Romania and Brazil.

Jan Wijn is one of the Netherlands' most highly regarded piano pedagogues and since 1967 has led an international piano class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam that attracts exceptional young musicians from around the world. A faculty member of The International Holland Music Sessions since 1988, he gives frequent international master classes and has guided many pianists on the way toward highly successful careers. He is also in demand as a jury member of international piano competitions such as the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht and the Hummel Competition in Bratislava.

In 1976 Jan Wijn's performing career was forced to end due to problems with his hand. After healing he made a successful return to the concert stage in 1997.


Mirsa Adami

Mirsa Adami was born in Tirana in Albania. Already at age 11 she performed as soloist with orchestras in her homeland. At 15 she came to the Netherlands where she studied with Jan Wijn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, graduating in 2000. In the same year, she was named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the Summer Academy of TIHMS. Mirsa performs as soloist and as accompanist in many countries. She made her debut in Japan early in 2003.

Jelger Blanken

Jelger Blanken studied with Mila Baslawskaja at the Rotterdam Conservatory, continuing his studies with her at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the same time studying with Hakon Austbo. He graduated in 2002. With Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer he was winner of ‘De Vriendenkrans’ of the Concertgebouw, a prestigious prize in the Netherlands. In addition to being a pianist, Jelger studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is currently working on his Ph.D. on the subject of Dutch music after 1950.

Marianne Boer

Marianne Boer studied piano with Jan Wijn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she graduated "cum laude" in 1992 with the degree of Performing Musician. In 1993 she won First Prize in the Jacques Vonk Piano Competition. A year later she was awarded the Silver Prize as soloist in the "Vriendenkrans" competition of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in 1996 she received a second Vriendenkrans prize as a member of the Reinaert Piano Quartet. Since 1997 Marianne has been affiliated with the Conservatory of Amsterdam as an accompanist.

Gerard Boeters

Gerard Boeters studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Istvan Hajdu and Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Danielle Dechenne and Jan Wijn. He graduated in 1989 and has made a successful career as a solo and duo pianist. Gerard is accompanist at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and at TIHMS where he has accompanied classes given by Herman Krebbers, Igor Oistrakh, the late Viktor Liberman, Igor Ozim, Eduard Schmieder, Erick Friedman, Aaron Rosand, Yfrah Neaman, György Pauk and Valentin Zhuk.

Yumi Toyama

Yumi Toyama studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. As a solo pianist she won prizes at the Radziwill International Competition in Poland and was laureate at the Anderson Competition in the USA. From 1993 to 1998 she was accompanist at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and she has been affiliated as accompanist with TIHMS since 1999. Yumi has given concerts in Italy, Germany, the USA, Japan, Poland and the Netherlands and has made radio and television recordings in Germany and Poland.

Noriko Yabe

(English bio nor photo available at this moment.)

Noriko Yabe werd geboren in Yokohama in Japan en kreeg op zesjarige leeftijd haar eerste pianoles. Haar talent werd snel ontdekt en zij gaf al spoedig haar eerste concerten met als gevolg dat zij als 12-jarige haar debuut maakte als soliste met orkest in de Verenigde Staten. Na het afsluiten van haar studie aan de Toho Gakuen High School en College of Music in haar geboorteland, vervolgde Noriko haar studie bij Willem Brons aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam waar zij in 2003 afstudeerde. In de jaren 1998 en 1999 vormde Noriko met de Nederlandse cellist Remko Wildschut het Duo Orphée waarmee zij in Nederland, Japan en Tsjechië concerteerden. Noriko Yabe was deelneemster aan verschillende muziekfestivals zoals Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan (Verenigde Staten) en de Sandòr Vègh International Academy for Chamber Music (Tsjechië). Ook nam zij deel aan masterclasses van o.a. Edith Picht-Axenfeldt, Victor Rosenbaum, Toru Yasunaga, Karl Leister en Kyoko Hashimoto. Sinds 2003 is Noriko Yabe als co-repetitor verbonden aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam en in de zomer 2004 was zij vaste begeleidster in de celloklas van de beroemde cellist Frans Helmerson tijdens de Summer Academy van The International Holland Music Sessions in Bergen NH.

Yumi Toyama and Mirsa Adami

Jelger Blanken

Jan Marisse Huizing


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