Annemiek van de Ven VU koor Johannes Passion

Conductor: Dody Soetanto

Since September 2021, the VU-koor is conducted by Dody Soetanto. Indonesian baritone and conductor, Dody Soetanto finished his study in Classical Singing Performance with Henny Diemer and Conducting with Rob Vermeulen at The Utrecht Conservatory, The Netherlands. He has worked with some of the finest teachers and performers in the Netherlands including Rudolf Jansen, Vincent de Kort, Richard Egarr and Ed Spanjaard.

During his stay in the Netherlands, Dody has been invited regularly to sing some concerts (St.Matthew Passion and Messiah) and several roles such as Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Alcindoro (La Bohéme) with De Nationale Reisopera in Resident Artist Program in England, Smirnov (The Bear) and Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Dutch National Opera Academy, Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro) with STUDIO 32 Utrecht in Grachten Festival – Amsterdam, Crown (Porgy and Bess) with Philips Symphony Orchestra. Dody also sings as soloist and chorister with several professional choirs such as Ribattuta Musica (NL) and SWARA vocal ensemble (BE).

As a conductor, Dody has been working and giving regular performances with several choirs and professional ensembles (Concerto Valiante) in The Netherlands. He conducted Groot Omroepkoor in their education projects (2013) performing Russian choral works. In Indonesia (2004-2009), Dody conducted and coached several known choirs that have won International Choir Competitions in Asia and Europe. Dody is currently also working with Collegium Utrecht, Leids Kamerkoor and Amsterdams Studenten Project Koor.

Dody Soetanto

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-koor!

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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