2014 Performer profiles


Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays traditional and contemporary folk music on Hardanger d'Amore and other fiddles.

In addition to being an established solo artist, he performs duos with dynamic Kerry accordion player Brendan Begley and Dublin uilleann piper Mick O'Brien, plays in a trio with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada, and is a member of two groups: The Gloaming and This Is How We Fly.

He has released eight CDs to date: Kitty Lie Over and Deadly Buzz with Mick O'Brien; A Moment of Madness with Brendan Begley; Triúr Arís and Triúr sa Draighean with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada; Comb Your Hair and Curl It with Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Catherine McEvoy; the eponymous debut from the band This is How We Fly; and his solo Where the One-Eyed Man is King.

As well his work in traditional Irish music, Caoimhín writes new contemporary material that explores the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate.

Maarten Ornstein plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. On ocassion he plays tarogato, electric saxophone, MPC and laptop computers. He is also a composer and arranger. He leads the avantgarde funk ensemble DASH! and performs as a soloist. Additionally, he plays with performance poet and singer Jeannine Valeriano, and is a member of Splendor.

Maarten Ornstein has composed for the Calefax Reed Quintet,the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ties Mellema, Koor Nieuwe Muziek Amsterdam, Xenia Meijer, the Metropole Orchestra, New Cool Collective Big Band, Orkater Theatre Company, Anouk van Dijk DC, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Helena Rasker, the Ricciotti Ensemble etc etc, he was co-leader of the modern jazz trio Jungle Boldie and has played with the likes of Pat Metheny, Ebony Band, Ilse de Lange, David Liebman, Arturas Bumsteinas, Claron McFadden, Red Mitchell, the Schoenberg Ensemble etc etc.

Violist/composer Oene van Geel (1973) is a true adventurer in music. Influenced by jazz,chamber music, Indian music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India,Japan, the USA and Canada.

As a player he is currently active with: Zapp4,Estafest, The Nordanians and OOOO. Besides these groups he is regularly invited as an improvising guest soloist.

He has won the Boy Edgar Award (2013), the Sena Performers Toonzetters Award (2012, with Zapp4) Kersjes Award (2005, with Zapp4), the Deloitte Jazz Award (2002), Dutch Jazz Competition(2001) and the Jur Naessens Music Award (2000).

Oene composes for his own groups,but also writes for other ensembles / soloists such as: TheDavid Kweksilber Big Band, Amstel Quartet, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Matangi Quartet, Calefax,Tetzepi bigtet, Ricciotti Ensemble, David Braid and many others.

Wilmar de Visser (1972) studeerde contrabas aan de Hogeschool voor de kunsten in Utrecht bij Peter Stotijn, waar hij in 1997 afstudeerde met de hoogste lof en onderscheiding. Hij vervolmaakte zijn opleiding bij Prof. Peter Puhn aan de Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover. Tijdens zijn studie zat Wilmar in het Jeugd Orkest van de Europese Unie en Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam. Na zijn studie ontpopte Wilmar zich als één van de meest veelzijdige bassisten van Nederland. Hij is samen met Sonja van Beek oprichter en artistiek leider van EnsembleCaméléon, een ensemble van jonge topmusici dat zich richt op de uitvoering van groter bezette meesterwerken uit de kamermuziekliteratuur. Naast zijn werk als solobassist van het Radio Filharmonsich Orkest maakt hij ook deel uit van het Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. Wilmar de Visser is initiatiefnemer van Splendor.

Santiago Cimadevilla was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He played guitar from a young age and studied classical piano at the Conservatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla.

In the Netherlands he studied bandoneon at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Victor Villena and Leo Vervelde. After his graduation concert he was awarded with a prize from the Foundation Friends of the Rotterdam Conservatory and was also awarded with the prestigious Huygens Scholarship Programme to pursue a Master’s degree studying composition and arrangements with Gustavo Beytelmann.

One of his specialties in the tango field are Astor Piazzolla’s original works for quintet. He performs often this repertoire with several bands, including Tango 5 in England and Grupo del Sur in The Netherlands. He has also arranged Piazzolla’s work and other highlights of the tango repertoire for a wide range of ensembles, including string orchestras and chamber groups.

Since winning the Debut Audience Prize in 2006, Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken (1979) has been performing widely in The Netherlands in all main concert halls and at the main festivals. Recent solo engagements include recitals in Europe, USA, Canada, Jordan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Brasil, Australia and Japan. She is a recording artist for Sony Classical.

Her recent project ‘Handel At The Piano’ is aimed at getting a worldwide audience acquainted with the keyboards works of George Frideric Handel. Autumn 2012 saw the release of her CD of Handel Suites for Keyboard on Sony Classical. It received three 5-star reviews in Dutch national newspapers. Further releases followed in Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, with more countries scheduled. For more information about this project please visit www.handelatthepiano.com.

Dutch baritone Mattijs van de Woerd studied at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatoires with Sylvia Schlüter, Maarten Koningsberger and Margreet Honig. He participated in masterclasses by a.o. Barbara Bonney, Sir Thomas Allen, Rudolf Jansen and Roger Vignoles. In 2001 Mattijs won the Vriendenkrans and Concertgebouw prizes. In 2003 he was awarded first prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London.

Mattijs has worked with the Nederlandse Opera, Nationale Reisopera, Opéra La Monnaie Brussels, Opéra Monte-Carlo, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Combattimento Consort, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Ebony Band,  & Stuttgarter Philharmoniker.

He is a member of Frommermann (an ensemble devoted to light music of the 1930s and 40s) and Splendor Amsterdam.

Cellist Johan van Iersel studied with Elias Arizcuren at the Utrecht Conservatory, where he graduated with distinction in 1995. He went on to study with Philippe Müller at the Paris conservatory, and participated in masterclasses with Siegfried Palm, Mstislav Rostropovich and Heinrich Schiff. Van Iersel was appointed assistant principal cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in September 1997. Together with pianist Jeroen Bal, he was awarded the 1992 Silver Vriendenkrans Competition by the Society of Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He gives regular solo performances with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the former Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Residentie Orchestra. Johan plays a 1687 cello built by Francesco Ruggieri in Cremona from the collection of the RCO donors’ foundation Stichting Donateurs. 

Sonja van Beek has won many first prizes as a young violinist and went on to win the first prize at the National Violin Competition Oskar Bak. She has also performed as a soloist with orchestras and with the Cameleon Ensemble, and has appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele. She has recorded the complete oeuvre for violin and piano with Andreas Frölich of works by Granados and Turina, tangos of Piazzola and Korngold, and works by Granados, Piazolla and Turina. She is presently professor at the Conservatory of Groningen in The Netherlands and violin coach and student selector for the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany. Her violin is a Camillus Camilli, Mantua 1739.

Bob GilmorePh.D., was born in Northern Ireland and studied at the University of York, England, at the University of California, San Diego (on a Fulbright scholarship), and at Queen's University Belfast. He is author of Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998), which won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for works of excellence on American music, as did his more recent book, an edition of the collected writings of Partch's student Ben Johnston (Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music, University of Illinois Press, 2006). He has recently completed a biography of the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier, currently in press. He also writes regularly about the new music scene in his native country, Ireland, and has contributed liner notes to new music CDs on labels such as Mode, Nonesuch, New World Records, and many others. He has recently been appointed editor of Tempo: a Quarterly Review of Modern Music. He has taught at Queen's University Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and in September 2013 begins a new post as Senior Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium.


The Redmond School of Irish Dancing's teacher Catherine Redmond TCRG is from Dublin Ireland. She has been teaching Irish Dance in Holland since 1999. She gives lessons to children from 4 years of age right through to Adults. Lessons are held in Leidschendam just outside Den Haag every Thursday and Sunday. In Amsterdam they are held every Friday evening and she also teaches Irish Dance in the British School in Amsterdam every Wednesday afternoon. The school has been very successful in competition, with 5 world medal in the last 6 years. This year we have 3 dancers and 2 Ceili groups that qualified for the World Championships being hosted in London