February 17, 1934 - July 25th 2019
FOR INSPIRING US
FOR MAKING US THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
FOR YOUR IMAGINATION
FOR YOUR MUSIC
FOR YOUR LEGACY
Highlights of his career
He received his first cello lessons from his father.
Age of 16: started his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp who introduced him to braroque cello.
1957: won the school's Prix d'excellence in 1957.
1959: became Netherlands Opera Orchestra's principal cellist.
1959: First prize in the Casals Competition in Mexico.
1962-68: Principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
1968: performing career as a soloist, worked with Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, Malcolm Bilson, Jos van Immerseel, Lucy van Dael, Catherine Manson, Bob van Asperen.
1979: Made his first recording of the Bach Cello Suites on historical set-up.
1982: became an Erasmus Scholar at Harvard University
1992: Made his second recording of the 6 Bach Cello Suites.
The fencing Master
- His two recordings of the Suites: 1979 and 1992
- Was he the first cellist to record the Suites on period instrument?
His second recording of the Suites was played on the Servais Cello, and was released in 1992.
* HIP: historically informed performance