On June 14th 2016, the book ´Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age´ by Marcel Wanders was presented by Marko Kassenaar at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
For this book, Marko Kassenaar wrote the essay ´Creativity is Bliss´, on the symbolism of the Rijksmuseum architecture. The book was presented earlier at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2015 and in the Rijksmuseum in April 2016.



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"A new standard in tour guiding", was the opinion of Robert J. Hurst,
co-chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art, after one of Marko's tours in the Rijksmuseum.
Beside tours in leading museums, historic city walks are also available.

For the book project ´Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age´ by Marcel Wanders, Marko Kassenaar wrote an essay on the symbolism of the Rijksmuseum architecture. The book is now commercially available.

Furthermore, Marko's e-Books on Amsterdam's top museums claim
high spots on the Amazon bestseller lists since their publication in 2013.
These e-Books are available for download for Kindle and e-Books for tablets by clicking the link below.

Marko Kassenaar gives musical introductions to students of secondary schools at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Workshops for adults are also available. These programs are in Dutch, but can also be booked in other languages through the Royal Concertgebouw.

For bookings or information, please contact:
Phone +31 20 689 76 54
Mobile: +31 6 31 99 81 00
Twitter: @MarkoKassenaar


ABOUT marko kassenaar

Marko Kassenaar is the only specialist who works as a musicologist and an art historian for both the Royal Concertgebouw and the Rijksmuseum. In the latter, he regularly acts as a host for VIP guests and as a lecturer. Furthermore, he works as a private guide and cultural tutor for senior-level business clients and expats. He offers them exclusive programs and tours, with the aim of deepening their knowledge of Dutch culture and history. These programs are executed throughout The Netherlands, in cooperation with, amongst others, the Rijksmuseum, ABN AMRO Bank, The Dutch Central Bank and various five-star hotels.

Marko Kassenaar publishes on various subjects in art and music history and appears as an expert in the field in various television programs. He took part in an acclaimed TV series on the Dutch Golden Age in 2012. He talked on religious art of the Renaissance in the nationwide televised Dutch National Bible Quiz in 2013. He also appeared in news items on the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, interviews and short items were filmed for broadcasters from Japan, Russia and Sweden.

September 2013, his e-Book on the collection of the Rijksmuseum reached #1 on the Amazon bestseller list of museum books, remaining there until the end of 2014. He also wrote guides to the top museums of Amsterdam. All of these titles can be found in the top selling lists of Amazon, to positive reviews and 5-star ratings. October 2013, Marko Kassenaar won the "Indie Book Of The Day" Award for his e-Book on the Van Gogh Museum. For an overview of his publications, click here.

As a musicologist Marko Kassenaar wrote articles and reviews and wrote and adapted various music scores. He adapted operas and musicals for the annual "Grachten Music Festival" in Amsterdam, the Nieuw Ensemble for contemporary Music and various opera houses in Germany. Furthermore, he gives introductions to rehearsals of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and is co-developer of educational programs on specific subjects for the Royal Concertgebouw.