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Onno Verschoor management and projects

ovOnno Verschoor studied recorder with Adriënne du Clou and oboe with Koen van Slogteren at the Conservatory in Zwolle, the Netherlands. In 1984 he decided to specialize in the baroque oboe, initially studying with Taka Kitazato and then with Ku Ebbinge at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1989 Onno Verschoor graduated in baroque oboe and historical performance, also obtaining his recorder soloist diploma with distinction.

Currently he is active as a freelance musician with many of Europe’s baroque orchestras, including Concerto d'Amsterdam, Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein, L'Orfeo (Linz), the Utrecht Baroque Consort, Anima Aeterna (Brussels), The King's Consort (London), Das Neue Orchester (Cologne) and Accademia Barocca Willem Hermans (Rome). With the latter ensemble he performed in 2007 as a soloist in recorder concertos by Telemann. He works with several renowned conductors and performers such as Ludger Remy (Dresden), Ricardo Kanji (The Hague), Christoph Spering (Cologne), Jos van Immerseel (Brussels) and Robert King (London).

Onno Verschoor performs in various ensembles specializing in chamber music between 1300 and 1850. He has collaborated on  radio, television and CD recordings (RAI Italy, Dutch broadcasting companies, Mitteldeutscher and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, CPO Germany, Tactus Milano). In 2007 he recorded a CD with solo concertos by Telemann on the Italian label La Bottega Discantica.
Onno Verschoor has been artistic director of Accademia Amsterdam since 1990. He founded the wind ensemble ‘Fiati Amsterdam’ which performs on historical wind instruments.

Alongside his varied career as a professional musician and concert organizer, Onno Verschoor works as a composer and arranger, and is involved with (improvised) electro-acoustic music. He is a teacher of baroque performance practice on baroque oboe and recorder at a Centre for Artistic Education in the Netherlands.

 

Sharon Niessen impresario (Netherlands)

snPianist Sharon Niessen (Eindhoven, 1986) started playing the piano at a very early age and her talent was soon recognised. When she was only fourteen and still at secondary school she was admitted to the Young Talent Class of the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg.

After graduating from secondary school she continued her studies at the Fontys Conservatory where she studied with Ton Demmers and Joop Celis. When she graduated in June 2014 she was awarded 9 out of 10.Sharon has been awarded several prizes, among which First Prize in the prestigious Princess Christina Competition in 2004. She has worked with conductors such as Kian Pin Hiu, Jules van Hessen, Jurjen Hempel and has played with the Helicon Orchestra, the Philips Symphony Orchestra and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Sharon has given many piano recitals throughout Europe. She performed in a concert in the world-famous Carnegie Hall New York together with other finalists of the Princess Christina Competition. In 2005 she also performed in the Frits Philips Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven in a special concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Frits Philips. Another highlight was a tour of the Netherlands with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra when Sharon played Franz Liszt’s First Piano Concerto.

Apart from giving concerts as a solo pianist, Sharon plays in chamber music ensembles. More than 11 years she has formed a duo with violinist Martine Wijers.

Besides her career in music, Sharon is currently in the final phase of her study in Communication Science. With her experience as musician, her passion for teh music and her knowledge of communications, she joins the staff of Amstel Art Management.

 

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