Bijlmer Parktheater - 23 June 2021
Together with the Bijlmer Parktheater we are offering about 20 amateur pianists a unique experience. On 23 June2021 you may perform your favourite music piece during 5 minutes in the main concert hall of the Bijlmer Parktheater! And that is not all: we also offer a workshop by singer, conductor and pianist Elvis Ediagbonya.
It is yet unclear if the theater can allow audience, but we will make sure to catch your 5 minutes of fame on camera, so you can share it with whomever you want after the event. Straight after your performance you will receive feedback on stage from either David Kuyken or Maartje Meijer. So you better start studying!
The first half of the day is for the pianists who play classical music. In the morning principle teacher of piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and coordinator of the Sweelinck Academy, David Kuyken will give feedback. The afternoons are for jazz, minimal music, improv and your own compositions. You will get feedback from Maartje Meijer, singer, composer and pianist and coordinator of the Junior Jazz Department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
We offer an improvisation workshop with Elvis Ediagbonya. Elvis was born and raised in Benin City, Nigeria, where he learned to play the piano in church. He taught himself to play by listening to casette tapes, so he learned everything by ear and not through sheet music. And was thrown in the deep end during church service. This did wonders for his improvisation skills!
He Moved to the Netherlands (2004) and launched his own production company Ediasproduction. In doing so it has enabled him to produce and be a part of numerous projects and live concerts. Projects that span from musicals, tours, churches and charity benefits. He has composed and arranged music for well-known artists in The Netherlands. Elvis is a great vocal coach and a mass choir director.
The registration opens on 1 May on this website.
A ticket for the workshop is €25,- and for the mini-masterclass €60,-.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ - 4 & 10 July 2020
The corona crisis is hitting the cultural sector hard. Also for PianoFest there are a lot of uncertainties in terms of financial resources, availability of the building and of course the measurements of 1,5 meter distance, which makes it impossible to organise a public event with 1300 visitors. Therefore PianoFest decided to cancel the third festival edition on December 19 & 20, 2020.
But we have come up with an alternative in this crazy time: PianoFest aan ´t IJ! Together with the Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ in Amsterdam we are offering 50 amateur pianists a unique experience. On 4th and 10th of July 2020 you may perform your favourite music piece during 5 minutes on the biggest stage of the Muziekgebouw! Not with an audience this time, but we will make sure to catch your 5 minutes of fame on camera, so you can share it with whomever you want after the event. Straight after your performance you will receive feedback on stage from pianist, David Kuyken, principle teacher of piano at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and coordinator of the Sweelinck Academy. So you better start studying already!
Registration will open 3 of June on the website. If you want a notification on when it opens, please subscribe to our newsletter.
Principal Teacher of Piano at the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague and Artistic Advisor to the Stichting PianoFest. David Kuyken is a frequently asked juror and regularly gives master classes at home and abroad. David Kuyken is a very versatile pianist and has played with various orchestras under conductors such as Comissiona, Montgomery, Haenchen, Lazariev, Ros Marbá, Vedernikov, Vonk, Östmann, Brüggen and Spanjaard. Besides recitals, David Kuyken also gave numerous chamber music concerts alongside violinists, Janine Jansen, Candida Thompson and Ilya Grubert.
The festival takes place at the Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam. For directions check https://www.muziekgebouw.nl/pQ5eCw/adres-en-route.
Parking is available under the Muziekgebouw. Please check the website of the parking: https://www.amsterdam.nl/parkeren-verkeer/parkeergarages/overzicht/piet-heingarage
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The Board - foundation PianoFest Lizzy Beekman (chairman / business coordinator), Christiaan Schakel (treasurer), Susan Arendsman (secretary / production and design). The board receives artistic advice from David Kuyken of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
The PianoFest Foundation is gives amateurs a professional platform to perform and creates at the same time audiences for professional performing arts.
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Foundation PianoFest has had a cultural ANBI (Public Benefit Organization) status since December 2017. RSIN: 858218562 Chamber of Commerce: 70256624
The festival is made possible in part by the support of: Bol Piano´s & Vleugels, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. There is still room for more donors!
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