Maarten Van Veen


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Pianist and conductor Maarten van Veen comes from a musical family and started playing the piano at a young age . He studied at the conservatories of Utrecht, Prague and finalized his study in Amsterdam (Sweelinck Conservatory). During the conservatory curriculum he was the first pianist in history, early to specialize himself in the performance of contemporary music besides the classical repertoire. Van Veen studied with Alwin Bär, Kyoko Hashimoto, Ton Hartsuiker and György Sebök. He studied at the Mozart Academy with Oleg Maisenberg, Ivan Klánsky, David Golub and Leonid Hambro.

During the Competition of 20th-century Piano music in Orleans (France,1996), he received the prize for the "best candidate with a personal view of contemporary music". Together with his brother Jeroen van Veen he also won the First Prize of the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition (U.S.A, 1995). In 1998 he worked with Robert Craft on Stravinsky 's piano repertoire, and recorded "Les Noces" with the latter in the Abbey studios, London. The New York Times stated this recording as ´the best recording ever`.

Since 2012 Maarten van Veen is CEO. He is re-inventing the artistic view and goal of the DoelenEnsemble, resulting in an almost complete sold out season of the year 2015-16. Fundamental to the programming for this series is a selection of some of the most original currents of contemporary composition since 1910. These adventurous and igniting programs are presented in accessible and attractive concerts. The larger orchestral concerts are conducted by chief conductor Arie van Beek. The ensemble has a current outreach of 15000 visitors, generated by 56 concerts each year.

In his search for authentic performance on repertoire from 1850 till 1910, he also became member and is now artistic director of the Hortus-ensemble (Amsterdam) that concentrates playing concerts on historical authentic instruments, mainly on Erard grand pianos.

Maarten van Veen is increasingly acclaimed as one of the most innovative and powerful musicians of today. He gained recognition early in his career for his command of the instrument and artistic insight. Noted for the originality of his programming, critics have praised the intensity of interpretation as well the emotional impact he brings to the audience. His conducting started with choir and opera music( 2001), and is now extending fast, as he is frequently asked to conduct ensembles and chamber-orchestra's in the Netherlands like The DoelenEnsemble, the Hortus Chamber Orchestra. He played the complete works by composers like John Adams, and Olivier Messiaen. Works like “ Des Canyon aux Etoiles” or on his extensive repertoire.

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