the royal concertgebouw: education and musical projects



Since 2006, Marko Kassenaar gives musical introductions to students of secondary schools at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Kassenaar introduces them to the daily life in a symphony orchestra. He tells them about the importance of a conductor, explains the audition process and provides background information on the music they are going to hear. All of this as a prelude to the main aim of the visit: a rehearsal of the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. After the rehearsal the students get a guided tour of the building by the staff of the Concertgebouw.

In the past years, leading conductors and soloists have taken part in Marko's lessons. Amongst others, Iván Fischer, David Robertson, Tan Dun, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the pianist Yefim Bronfman have talked about their profession with the students and answered their questions.

Click for information about these projects on the Dutch website of the Concertgebouw.

Furthermore, Marko Kassenaar is active as a musicologist and orchestrator. He writes, adapts, conducts and teaches. He adapted operas for the annual "Grachten Music Festival" in Amsterdam, the Nieuw Ensemble for contemporary music and various opera houses in Germany. He also composed musical theatre works and chamber music.



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