Information about the Members of the Committee and the director
Secretary/Treasurer: Remmelt van Veelen. Van Veelen studied Human Geography and Art History. His many and varied activities include photography. He specialises in landscape and stage photography.
Member of the Committee: Lucas Vis Lucas Vis has been artistic director of the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1998. He is also a guest conductor with orchestras at home and abroad. (Bayerische Rundfunk and Hessische Rundfunk). In January 2000 he conducted performances of Guus Janssen and Friso Haverkamp's opera "Hier"with the Dutch Opera. Starting his career as a cello-player, Vis soon concentrated on conducting after he had finished his studies at the music school of the Vereniging "Het Muzieklyceum"in Amsterdam (one of the Amsterdam Conservatory's predessors) under Jaap Spaanderman (orchestral conducting) and Reinier Bresser (cello).His encounter with Bruno Maderna, whose assistent he became for many years, especially, influenced his musical development to a high degree. Apart from working as a guest conductor in most European countries and other parts of the world (New Zealand). Vis held several appointments as resident conductor. He was chief conductor of the Dutch Ballet Ochestra, principal guest conductor of the Brabant Orchestra and artistic director and chief conductor of the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1967 till now he has been a much invited after conductor with orchestras at home and abroad. His special interests lie in opera and contemporary music. He has conducted operas by Maderna, Ketting, Boehmer, Janssen, Busoni, Loevendie, as well as Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and many others. His interest in contemporary music made him the recipient of the 1971 Tanglewood-Koussevitzky Composition Prize and has led to his collaboration with prominent composers like John Cage and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen. Lucas Vis worked at the Amsterdam, The Hague, Maastricht, Utrecht, Paris and Wellington conservatories as a teacher of orchestral conducting and as a conductor of the conservatory orchestras. Before being appointed artistic director in Amsterdam, he had been employed in a similar function at the South-Netherlands Academy of Music, where he helped develop a new two-tier system of music education.
Director: Taco Kooistra. Taco Kooistra studied with Jean Decroos at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. For two years he took part in the soloist class of Erling Blondel Bengtsson in Copenhagen. He specialised in baroque music with Wieland Kuyken, and in contemporary music with Siegfried Palm. He was granted a scholarship by the Dutch Government, which enabled him to develop further with Ralph Kirshbaum and Yo Yo Ma. Kooistra has played in various ensembles, like the Asko Ensemble and The New Ensemble. He plays in the Dufy string quartet, and plays the baroque cello in Anima Eterna. He frequently plays contemporary music, gives world premieres of music dedicated to him and gives solo performances with various ensembles and orchestras. He recorded a solo CD for the ATTACA label. The Pedrazzini cello he plays on was acquired with the help of the Thuiscopie Foundation. In recent years his interest in conducting has come to the fore, which has resulted in lessons with Lucas Vis and conducting courses led by Jorma Panula, Professor of orchestral conducting at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. He has conducted the Mikkeli chamber orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra and Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He made his Dutch debut as a conductor with the Asko Ensemble in 1999. He has founded the “Jorma Panula Foundation” and started a conductingcourse in Holland.