My aim is not just to help young people to discover the language behind those strange five lines with all their confusing symbols, but also to provide them with the tools to aid them in their search.
I like to help each musician reach his/her full potential, trigger the senses with regard to a feeling for style and develop a healthy, efficient technical foundation for what will hopefully prove to be a long and fruitful career.
Doing justice to what the music asks from us is an absolutely crucial issue. This involves looking at the score critically, studying and creating an idea of the sound we wish to achieve in certain passages, approaching the human voice as closely as possible, creating a range of orchestral colours on one’s instrument or a highly personal image and applying text and meaning to the music. At the base of it all is the technical foundation, the only true guarantee that enables us to speak and communicate our ‘language’ through our instrument.
My students have been appointed to positions with leading European orchestras and ensembles, such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, Bonn Beethovenhalle, Graz Opera, Athens Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and many more.