Wim Boerman studied flute at the Arnhem Academy of Music with Rien de Reede and Frans van der Wiel. In 1979, he set up orkest de ereprijs with some of his colleagues – a collective without a conductor. Their main prospective was to perform new music, specially composed for this ensemble of fifteen, at unexpected locations (outdoors, marketplaces, museums) and concert halls. As the music got more and more complex, they started to feel the need to hire conductors.
Boerman had combined being a musician and being a conductor for several years, when he was appointed director and artistic director of the ensemble: a position he still holds. In 2005, he received a life achievement award from the Polish-Russian Association of Composers, for his work and efforts. Until 2013, Boerman was employed by the Music School/Domein in Arnhem as a flute and ensemble teacher.
In November 2018, Wim Boermans received the Theo Bruijs Award for his engagement in talent development and music education with orchestra de ereprijs. The Theo Bruijns Award is handed out by the Council of The Hague, advised by the Johan Wagenaar Foundation. It is awarded to those who have shown an exceptional commitment to world of music in The Netherlands.
David Brophy was born in Dublin and is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. Following further studies in Ireland, England and Holland, he was appointed Apprentice Conductor with Chamber Choir Ireland and subsequently became the first appointee to take the position of Assistant Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. A former Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David now enjoys a close relationship with both RTÉ orchestras in addition to regular appearances as guest conductor with the Ulster Orchestra. His career has seen him conduct throughout Europe, Africa, the United States, Canada and China.
David has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed soloists, among them Tasmin Little, Julian Bliss, Barry Douglas, Sir Willard White, Martin Fröst, Lesley Garret, Sir James Galway, Lang Lang, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Kim Criswell, Daniel Hope, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Chloë Hanslip and Carolin Widmann. He has conducted across Europe with recent engagements taking him to Spain (Orquesta Nacional Clásica de Andorra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia) and Finland (Oulu Symphony Orchestra), while other appearances overseas have included performances at New York’s Lincoln Centre with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and at London’s Barbican Centre as part of their Silent Film & Live Music series, alongside his début with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia in the Fabulous Beast Stravinsky double-bill (The Rite of Spring and Petrushka) at Sadler’s Wells. Most recent foreign engagements have seen him début with some of America’s finest orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.
His work with specialist new music ensembles, among them Vox 21 and Crash Ensemble, has led to numerous premieres including the Irish premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Musicians and Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, alongside recent world premieres of arrangements by Nico Muhly for traditional Irish singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird. David’s operatic work has led to wide acclaim, partnering Lyric Opera Productions, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Ireland, Glasthule Opera and Northern Ireland Opera, most notably in their recent acclaimed partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, directing Handel’s Radamisto. Beyond the realm of strictly musical performances, he has regularly collaborated in concert with major international actors, including Brendan Gleeson, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Rae and Adrian Dunbar.
David has worked closely with numerous singer/songwriters, among them Eleanor McEvoy, Paul Brady, Brian Kennedy and Declan O’Rourke, composers including Shaun Davey, Neil Martin, Bill Whelan, Arvo Pärt, David Fennessy, Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy and Gavin Bryars, traditional musicians including Altan, Liam O’Flynn, Sharon Corr, Máirtín O’Connor, Lúnasa, The Chieftains, Clannad, Rita Connolly, Carlos Núñez, Sharon Shannon and Martin Hayes. His all-embracing musical tastes have also witnessed collaborations with U2, Sinéad O’Connor, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Duke Special, Celtic Thunder, Imelda May, Jack L, Phil Coulter, The Coronas, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), Father John Misty, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction), Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) and Midge Ure (Ultravox, Band Aid). He has appeared at all major festivals in Ireland, most notably with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the Electric Picnic, and has conducted at the Proms in the Park with the Ulster Orchestra as part of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.
David has broadcast on RTÉ, BBC, CBC (Canada), Sky Arts 2 television and across Europe for the EBU. He has recorded for Silva Screen Records, Lyric FM, Tara Records, V2 Records, New World Records and Compass Records labels. His television appearances include the National Concert Hall’s 25th anniversary gala concert, The Symphony Sessions (RTÉ) and Proms in the Park (BBC) with the Ulster Orchestra. Film credits include Shaun Davey’s scores for The Abduction Club and Ella Enchanted while his recent recording of Victor Herbert’s operetta Eileen for New World Records, conducting the Orchestra of Ireland in collaboration with triple Grammy award-winning producer Judith Shermann, has been released to wide critical acclaim.
David won the 2013 Sky Arts Ignition Award, pitching with director Lynne Parker (Rough Magic Theatre Company) to present Kurt Weill’s opera Mahagonny at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, mounted as a co-production with Opera Theatre Company.
Aside from his work as a musician, David has presented the RTÉ1 award-winning TV series Instrumental (Adare Productions and RTÉ), the IFTA award-winning High Hopes Choir (Tyrone Productions and RTÉ) and David Brophy’s Choir of Ages (Tyrone Productions and RTÉ). He is a board-member of Ireland’s Contemporary Music Centre.
Dublin-born Colman Pearce is a conductor, pianist and composer. He received a B.Mus. (Hons) from University College Dublin, and later studied conducting with Franco Ferrara (Hilversum) and Hans Swarowski (Vienna).
He was Co-Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra from 1978-1980, and Principal Conductor from 1981-1983. In the years 1984-1987, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, and from 1987-1999, was Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in the State of Mississippi and was also made a Freeman of the City of New Orleans.
As a conductor, Colman Pearce’s repertoire embraces not only the main symphonic works, but also opera and oratorio. He has directed first performances of many contemporary Irish works, and with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has recorded CDs of music by Stanford, Victory, Boydell, Buckley, Corcoran, Deane, Bodley and Wilson, on the Naxos/Marco Polo label.
Also on the Naxos label, Colman Pearce has recorded two one-act operas by Leonardo Balada, (2002) and orchestral music by Balada with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (2004). For Ros Production (U.S.A.), he has recorded “The Memory is a Living Thing”, a CD which includes some of his own songs.
As a composer, his song cycle “Summerfest” was commissioned by RTÉ and premiered in 1993 with the composer as pianist. His work “Robinson, a Most Unusual Cat” was premiered in 1998 (U.S.A.). Two works for Chamber Ensemble, “Anagram” (2000), and “King Cormac at Tara” (2002) were premiered in Pittsburgh.
More recent works include solos for piano, guitar, violin & piano (“Amaya” – IMRO Composition Award Winner, Arklow Music Festival 2002), trumpet & piano, a Song Cycle (setting of poems by W.B.Yeats), a Concerto for Two Mandolins and Orchestra, and the Secular Cantata “Like as the Waves” for solo voices, mixed voice chorus, and orchestra (2009). In 2009, he was conferred with a Ph.D. for composition by St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin City University.
Wayne’s relationship with music began at an early age. By the age of three, he had already familiarised himself with the piano, and only began to take formal lessons a few years later. Wayne was a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from 1971 to 1979. He won a Foundation scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, which was combined with the post of Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and was a Post Graduate student at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna from 1983-84.
Wayne’s musical forays led him to experiment in multiple genres, including church music and jazz, but quickly found his professional voice as an organ/piano recitalist. His first recorded work goes as far back as 1990, recorded at the organ of Coventry Cathedral, for EMI.This was also the time in which Wayne began to find his footing as a conductor, a path that would see him working with some of the world’s most accomplished orchestras. Wayne feels at home on the podium directing and conducting as well as being a soloist. He is a man with two gifts and one legacy.
Kevin John Edusei is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his clear sense of architecture and attention to detail. A suave and elegant figure on the podium, he has conducted widely across Europe, in particular in Germany and the Netherlands, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and opera house. He conducts a broad range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary, with a particular interest in German music from the early romantic period and early 20th century. He is Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
American conductor, Anthony Parnther, is the son of immigrants. His father emigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica at the height of the Korean War and served in the US Navy. His mother came to America from the remote Pacific microstate of Samoa. Anthony was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and the family eventually relocated to Washington D.C. and New York City before settling in central Virginia where Anthony became active in the instrumental music program. While in high school, Anthony learned the bassoon and the tuba and developed secondary interests in acting, singing, forensics, and creative writing before deciding to enter university fully committed to music.
Anthony studied orchestral conducting at Northwestern University with Victor Yampolsky and at Yale University with Lawrence Leighton Smith. He also received guidance and mentorship from mentorships with Cliff Colnot, W. Francis McBeth, and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles.
David Robertson – conductor, artist, thinker, and American musical visionary – occupies some of the most prominent platforms on the international music scene. A highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera, orchestral music, and new music, Robertson is celebrated worldwide as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer, and a masterful communicator whose passionate advocacy for the art form is widely recognized. A consummate and deeply collaborative musician, Robertson is hailed for his intensely committed music making.
Robertson has served in artistic leadership positions at musical institutions including the Orchestre National de Lyon, and, as a protégé of Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble InterContemporain, which he led on its first North American tour. At the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he served as Principal Guest Conductor. Robertson has served as a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he has conducted, among others, The Met Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He appears regularly in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and at the Berlin Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms, and the Musica Viva Festival in Munich.
Robertson is the recipient of numerous musical and artistic awards, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. He is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at the festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, Lucerne, at the Paris Conservatoire, the Juilliard School, Music Academy of the West, and the National Orchestra Institute. In 2014, he led the Coast to Coast tour of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA.
Born in Santa Monica, California, Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. He is married to pianist Orli Shaham, and lives in New York.
Johannes Kalitzke, born in 1959 in Cologne, studied church music there from 1974 until 1976. After passing his school-leaving examinations, he studied piano with Aloys Kontarsky, conducting with Wolfgang von der Nahmer and composition with York Höller at the Cologne Music Academy. A stipend of the Study Foundation of the German People made it possible for him to study at IRCAM in Paris, where he was a pupil of Vinko Globokar, and simultaneously in Cologne with Hans Ulrich Humpert (electronic music).
His first engagement as a conductor was in 1984, at the Gelsenkirchen Music Theatre in the Revier, where he was principal conductor from 1988 to 1990. In 1991 he became artistic director and conductor of the Ensemble MusikFabrik, of which he was a co-founder.
Since then he has been a regular guest conductor with ensembles (Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Modern) and with numerous symphony orchestras (including the NDR Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BR Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic). There have also been opera productions (including the State Opera Unter den Linden Berlin, the Stuttgart Opera, the Vienna Festival, the Munich Biennial and the Salzburg Festival).
He has toured Russia, Japan and the USA. Numerous CD recordings complete his activities as an interpreter of classical and contemporary music.
Robert Ames is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians questioning the conventions and rituals surrounding classical music. He is Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of the London Contemporary Orchestra and is also well known as an innovative programme curator. Robert has led the LCO in sell out concerts at The Printworks and Oval Space in East London, the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and BBC Proms at the Tate Modern and Royal Albert Hall.
Recent and upcoming conducting engagements include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow New Music Ensemble, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Aarhaus Symphony Orchestra, Kazakhstan State Symphony, Belarusian State Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of India, Wordless Symphony Orchestra, City Of London Sinfonietta, London Electronic Orchestra and The Manchester Camerata.
Robert has worked closely with many leading figures in new music, including Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Bryce Dessner, Mica Levi, Nico Mulhy, Richard Reed Parry, Terry Riley, Anna Meredith and Steve Reich. He is also passionate about championing music from the leading composers of his own generation, premiering works by Shiva Feshareki, Claire M Singer, Emilie Levenaise Farroush, Catherine Lamb and Edmund Finnis amongst others. He has also collaborated with a variety of artists in other fields including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, architect-designer Ron Arad and Sculptor Conrad Shawcross. Recent forays and collaborations have also taken him into the world of pop working with artists such Actress, DJ Shadow, Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, Jamie XX and Frank Ocean.
Anna-Maria Helsing has gained an outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. From 2010 to 2013 Anna-Maria Helsing was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony – the first-ever female conductor at the head of a Finnish symphony orchestra.
Within a short time, the Finnish conductor has conducted all the major Finnish orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Finnish National Opera Orchestra. She has also conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera, Norrköping Symphony, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Orchestra of Norrlands Operan, Västeras Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Odense Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Jena Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Anna-Maria Helsing was Assistant Conductor at the Finnish National Opera for Kung Karls jakt by Fredrik Pacius and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2006/07. In 2008 she made her debut at the Finnish National Opera with Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho. She subsequently led the world premiere of the opera Hallin Janne by Jukka Linkola with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia; Gianni Schicchi/Cavalleria Rusticana in Oulu; Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival 2011; Madama Butterfly at the Tampere Opera in 2013 and Bernstein’s Candide at the Opera Vaasa, as well as Magnus-Maria by Katarina Eiriksdottir on tour in Scandinavia in 2014 and 2015. In 2017 she led the new production of Leevi Madetoja’s The Ostrobothnians at the Tampere Opera.
Anna-Maria Helsing feels a special affinity with the sound and style of modernism and contemporary music. Major highlights this season include her debuts with the Royal Danish Opera, Malmö Symphony and Orchestra of the Göteborg Opera, and return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Norrköping Symphony and Nordic Chamber Orchestra among others.
Anna-Maria Helsing began her career as a violinist, leading chamber orchestras before serving as conductor of the Wegelius Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Pietarsaari Sinfonietta. She has attended masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Vladimir Jurowski and John Carewe.
Concurrent with her studies in the class of Leif Segerstam, Anna-Maria Helsing was chosen to take part in the International Conductor’s Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation under the guidance of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel.
In 2011, Anna-Maria Helsing became the first conductor to be awarded the Louis Spohr Medal in Seesen (Germany). In 1999 she won First Prize in the International Competition for 20th Century Music for Young Artists in Warsaw.
Anna-Maria Helsing received her violin diplomas from the Conservatory of Pietarsaari and at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz