is one of the leading interpreters of the Gurdjieff/de Hartmann music, which was the result of a unique collaboration in the 1920s in which the sacred and folk music of the East was arranged for piano. In the 1960s he studied with Jeaneane Dowis, who was a protégée and assistant to Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School. From 1973-75 he attended the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne in Gloucestershire, England, as a student and later as Director of Music. The Academy was run by J. G. Bennett, a leading exponent of the teachings of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. In 1974 Mr. Bennett contacted Mme. Olga de Hartmann, widow of the composer, who introduced Elan to the music that Thomas de Hartmann composed in the classical idiom. Between 1975 and 1979 Elan studied with her and performed many of de Hartmann’s works. In 1982 he made a tour of the U.S., which included performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Since then he has given numerous recitals in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The series of CD releases of the music of Thomas de Hartmann is largely the work of the Thomas de Hartmann Project, a group of dedicated volunteers and individuals joined by the common goal of bringing Thomas de Hartmann’s music to public attention. Elan Sicroff, as student of J.G. Bennett, pianist for Movements classes over nearly forty years, and the personal acquaintance of Mme. De Hartmann, is rarely qualified in this undertaking.
was born into a family with a broad musical tradition in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father, Nodar Gabunia, was a prominent pianist and composer who studied with Khatchaturian. She was trained at the conservatories of Tbilisi, Moscow, Hamburg and Utrecht with such eminent teachers as Phillip Hirschhorn, Mark Lubotsky and Maya Glezarova. Miss Gabunia made her solo debut at the age of twelve, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arnold Katz. In the following years she was a soloist with all the major Georgian orchestras, and she also appeared in recitals with the pianists Nino Gvetadze, Keri Badridze and Robert Kulek. She has performed as a soloist with violinist Vadim Repin and oboist Maurice Bourgue, and has made a live recording.of the violin concerto by her late father with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and conductor Vakhtang Kachidze. For many years Natalia Gabunia played in the first violin section of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Presently she teaches at the Conservatory in Liege, Belgium, and at the Conservatory of Tilburg, Netherlands. She also gives regular master classes at the Central Music School in Tbilisi.
studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam with Dmitri Ferschtman and Jean Decroos. She has participated in master classes with Karine Georgian, Mischa Maisky and Natalia Gutman. In 1994 she graduated from the conservatory and joined the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands.
Quirijn van Regteren Altena
is a highly sought after soloist, chamber music player and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Quirijn has commissioned various compositions for his instrument, which have been featured on his critically acclaimed CDs “Characters” (Olympia Records) and “Pantomime” (Aristo). As a long-time member of the world-renowned AskoSchönberg Ensemble, Quirijn has worked closely with many composers, including John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Maurcio Kagel, and Steve Reich.
Katharina Naomi Paul
studied violin with Kathrin Scholz, Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Stephanie Conley, and chamber music with the Belcea String Quartet and the Auryn String Quartet. She has ‘participated in master classes with Louis Kaplan,Werner Scholz, Igor Ozim and András Schiff. Katharina is a graduate of the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She is a member of the Geneva Camerata, the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble and Spira Mirabilis. From 2009-13 Katharina played in the Orchestra Mozart, directed by Claudio Abbado. Currently she also plays for the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Ensemble Resonanz.
studied with Koos Verheul at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she graduated with highest distinction in 1997. She has studied privately and attended master classes with Aurele Nicolet, Peter Lukas Graf, Karlheinz Zòller, Paul Verheij and Patrick Gallois. In 1995, Geerlings won first prize at the European Chamber Music Concours in Colmar, France, and in 1999 she received the ‘Talent of the Year’ (Vriendenkrans) award from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. As principal flutist she has worked with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and many famous conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Barbara Hannigan and Jaap van Zweden. For many years she has been associated with the renowned AskoSchönberg Ensemble for contemporary music, and has performed with this group at Carnegie Hall. She has also played at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Ingrid Geerlings is a founding member of the Dutch ensemble ‘Ludwig’.
Joris van Rijn
After having passed with distinction both Bachelor’s (1998) and Master’s degrees (2000) in The Hague, Joris van Rijn entered the Juilliard School, New York, studying with Glenn Dicterow (concertmaster of the N.Y. Philharmonic) and Robert Mann. In 2001 he obtained the Professional Studies Degree for solo violin, chamber music and orchestra. Since September 2002 Joris has been first concertmaster of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic (Holland). He regularly performs as concertmaster in several Dutch orchestras. As soloist Joris has played with most of the leading Dutch orchestras: Residentie Orchestra (the Hague), the Noord Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gelders Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra. In September 2002 his debut CD was released, containing contemporary caprices for solo violin written by 24 Dutch composers. As member of the Ruysdael Quartet and Ensemble Cameleon he is frequently invited for chamber music festivals throughout Europe. With these ensembles he also made several recordings.
Remco Jak– soprano saxophone Olivier Sliepen – alto saxophone
Bas Apswoude – tenor saxophone Ties Mellema – baritone saxophone
Chameleonic and passionate would be the best way to describe the four saxophonists that make up the Amstel Quartet. Whether it is old music or the very latest sounds, pop music, jazz, classical or world music – once you hear the Amstel Quartet play, all borders between these genres simply fade away. Technical limitations appear non-existent and musical boundaries are there merely to be crossed. This adventurous attitude has brought the foursome a multitude of admirers worldwide, because a performance by the Amstel Quartet has the thrilling energy of a pop concert. The quartet takes you along on a breath-taking and moving journey time and again. It is not without reason that the Dutch press has dubbed the Amstel Quartet ‘The most colourful saxophone quartet in the world’.
Swedish soprano Nina Lejderman studied voice at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was awarded the Clifton Prize for Singing and the Vice Principal’s Special Award for Notable achievement. She has sung in master class with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen and Roger Vignoles. On the oratorio concert platform, her performances include Händel’s L’Allegro under the baton of William Christie and Bach’s B Minor Mass conducted by Trevor Pinnock. Her operatic roles include the title role in Semele conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Laurence Cummings; Papagena in Die Zauberflöte in a new production by Simon McBurney at the Dutch National Opera; Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera; Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, both for the Nederlandse Reisopera.
The American soprano Claron McFadden studied voice at the Eastman School of Music, and received her bachelor’s degree with distinction in 1984. In the same year she moved to the Netherlands, where she currently resides, and has proven herself to be one of the most versatile singers of her generation.
Judith Petra (soprano) studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She has worked as a free-lancer with the National Opera (NL) and has been a full-time member of the Dutch Broadcasting Choir since 2001.
Anjolet Rotteveel (alto) graduated from the Conservatory in Zwolle (NL) and has been a full-time member of the Dutch Broadcasting Choir since 2002.
Alan Belk (tenor) graduated from the Guildhall School of Music. He has worked as a soloist with many well known ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is currently a full-time member of the Dutch Broadcasting Choir.
Daniël Hermán-Mostert (baritone) is a part-time member of the Dutch Broadcasting Choir and works regularly with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. He is also active as a soloist in song recitals, opera and oratorios.