Annemiek van de Ven VU koor Johannes Passion

Conductor: Annemiek van der Ven

Annemiek van der Ven grew up with the music of the Cathedral of Utrecht. When she was eight years old she went to the Kathedrale Koorschool (“Cathedral Choir School”) in Utrecht. There she sang in the choir until she was seventeen. In 2005 she concluded her study for teaching music at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, minoring in classical singing. In april 2010 she passed cum laude for the choral conducting program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. From 2004 to 2017 she sang first alto in the female a capella ensemble “Wishful Singing”. This ensemble originated from the National Youth Choir, where she sang from 2001 to 2008. In addition she occasionally sings projects at the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam. As a music teacher she worked for years (2005-2017) with Stichting Vocaal Talent Nederland, where she taught groups of children between the ages of 4 and 17 years. In addition, she was conductor at the Talentklas and the Nkk-Junior. During her study she conducted many choirs with all kinds of different musical styles and genres on the repertoire. She is currently working as a conductor for the student choir of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (the VU Choir) and has been the conductor of the vocal men’s ensemble The Gents since January 2018.

Accompanist: Jacobus den Herder

Jacobus den Herder repetitor van het Vu-koor

Jacobus den Herder (Zutphen, 1985) studied at the conservatories of Zwolle and Amsterdam and concluded his study with David Kuyken and Willem Brons in 2011. In September 2016 he became the accompanist of the VU-choir!

Jacobus won the Prinses Christine Concours in Enschede, where he also received the Donemus price for his interpretation of contemporary music. In the same competition he also won prizes as an accompanist to several other instrumentalists.
In 2013, Jacobus collaborated with the well-known Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau. During the presentation of the summer collection by Taminiau in Paris and Amsterdam, he played compositions by Mozart and Satie.

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