DVOŘÁK | JANÁČEK | MESSIAEN | PROKOFIEV | CHOPIN
JORIS VAN DEN BERG | cello
MARTIJN WILLERS | piano
Baabdath | St. Anthony of Padua Church | 8 pm
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841 – 1841)
Sonatina for Cello and Piano in G Major, Op. 100
Scherzo. Molto vivace
LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854 – 1928)
‘Pohádka’ (a Tale) for Cello and Piano
OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992)
‘Louange à l’éternité de Jésus’ from ‘Quatuor pour la fin du Temps’ for Cello an Piano
MARK SUMMER (b. 1958 )
‘Julie-O’ for Cello solo
HENRIËTTE BOSMANS (1895 – 1952)
‘Nuit Calme’ for Cello and Piano
SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119
Allegro, ma non troppo
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810 – 1849)
Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 for Cello and Piano
JORIS VAN DEN BERG | CELLO
Joris van den Berg, born in the Netherlands in 1986, is a diverse and talented young cellist, characterized as a true artist with a personal sound, an intelligent and warm musicality, a strong conviction and an impressive command of the instrument. Mr. Van den Berg studied at Conservatory of Amsterdam with Quirine Viersen and Godfried Hoogeveen, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne with Frans Helmerson. He graduated with highest distinction and received the Gold Medal, the highest award in performance, and an International Artist Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Joris van den Berg made his debut in the big hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, performing with Amsterdam Sinfoniëtta conducted by David Geringas, after he won the first prize at the Dutch National Cello Competition 2006. Together with his regular pianist Martijn Willers he was prize-winner at the International Johannes Brahms Competition 2008 in Austria. Joris van den Berg was awarded the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2014 from the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. This included a recital tour in the 2013-2014 season with performances in the most important concert halls in The Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam together with pianist Martijn Willers. The duo is widely acclaimed for its sincere and intense performances of the cello and piano repertoire. In searching for utmost depth and musical truth, Joris van den Berg and Martijn Willers have found ideal colleagues in each other. The intense musical and personal dialogue between the two musicians and between the musicians and their audience is one of the central themes of their performances, which conquered the hearts of many audiences. The duo’s first album with works by Prokofiev, Lutoslawski and Britten, titled Dialogo, was released in 2013 on Cobra Records.
Joris van den Berg had master classes with, among others, Heinrich Schiff, Janos Starker and Lynn Harrel and chamber music master classes with Silke Avenhaus, Gabor Takacs and Nobuko Imai. He participated among others in the Verbier Festival Academy, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove.
Chamber music is an important part of Mr. Van den Berg’s life. Besides his collaboration with pianist Martijn Willers he performs in different ensembles in the Netherlands and abroad, working among others with Daniel Hope, Philippe Graffin and Gary Hoffman. Joris van den Berg performed concertos with The Hague Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic), Manchester Camerata, the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, Amsterdam Sinfoniëtta and Camerata Amsterdam. He performed among others at the big hall and the recital hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the big hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the Wigmore Hall, London.
Joris van den Berg plays a Giovanni Grancino cello (1703) and a Tourte “L’ainé” bow, placed at his disposal by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation.
MARTIJN WILLERS | PIANO
Martijn Willers enjoys a varied and stimulating career in the Netherlands as piano soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has remained committed to performing as broad a range of music possible since his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, under Mila Baslawskaja and David Kuijken. As a soloist, Martijn Willers had masterclasses with Jan Wijn, Willem Brons and Mikhail Voskresensky, He was also coached by Norma Fischer in London, England. In several ensembles, he took part in chamber music masterclasses and coachings with a.o. Ralph Kirshbaum, Heinrich Schiff, Colin Carr, Quirine Viersen, Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Riebl, Pascal Devoyon, and Philippe Grafin. Martijn Willers forms a duo with cellist Joris van den Berg. Widely acclaimed for their sincere and intense performances, they were prizewinners in the 2008 International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Pörtschach, Austria and the 2013 Pierre Fournier Award in Wigmore Hall, London. They have performed in several major venues in the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vredenburg Utrecht, as well as abroad. They were invited to perform at the Delft International Chamber Music Festival and Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, and were selected as finalists in the Dutch Classical Talent Tour and Award Program in 2013, including a series of eleven concerts around the Netherlands during the 2013-2014 season. Martijn Willers is also a member of Trio Contrasts Amsterdam with Fleur Bouwer (clarinet) and Maria Milstein (violin). In 2008-2009, the trio presented an extensive series of concerts around the Netherlands, ‘Het Debuut’, recorded by Concertzender, for national radio broadcast in The Netherlands. The trio continues to explore the exciting repertoire pos- sibilities for their combination of instruments, playing less known pieces, transcriptions (e.g. Brahms Horn Trio) and new repertoire (often written for the Trio), as well as the duo repertoire for violin with piano and clarinet with piano. In 2006, Martijn Willers won the SNS Reaal Foundation Masterclass Prize in the final of the “Vriendenkrans Concours” in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He is frequently heard on Dutch National Radio, both as a soloist and as a chamber music performer. Martijn Willers is grateful to the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation for providing a Steinway and Sons grand piano (1919) for his own personal use.