Masterclasses zaterdag 30 oktober Simon Van Holen (ook contrafagot)
Simon Van Holen, Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, enjoys a rich musical career made up of divers performing, recording and teaching engagements. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luzern Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and is regularly invited as both a soloist and teacher in Europe, North-America and Asia.
Born in Belgium, Simon Van Holen received his first bassoon lessons at the age of eight. In 2003, Van Holen entered The Royal Conservatory in The Hague and went on to complete his studies in 2010 at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf, graduating with the Highest Distinction under the tutelage of Prof. Gustavo Núñez. He further enriched his studies with Brian Pollard, Klaus Thunemann, Dag Jensen, Stefan Schweigert, Sergio Azzolini and Marion Reinhard.
In 2013, Simon Van Holen was awarded the prize ‘Prix de Salon’ by the business circle of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for his extraordinary musicianship. The award made it possible for the commission of a new work for contrabassoon and string quintet by Dutch composer Kees Olthuis and the recording of his debut-album ‘Pro Contra!’.
Aside from his orchestral career, Simon Van Holen is Professor of Bassoon and Contrabassoon at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and regularly gives masterclasses around the globe.