Bauwien van der Meer

“The highlight was Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit, where soprano Bauwien van der Meer sang movingly” (NRC 25 april 2014) With these words the Dutch soprano Bauwien van der Meer was praised for her interpretation of the soprano solo from Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the South Netherlands Philharmonic, lead by Ed Spanjaard. Another well received performance: “The theatrical and vocal performance of Bauwien van de Meer stands out. As 'the cricket' the soprano beautifully portrays desperation, which in the end turns into lyrical nonchalance. Hopefully in the future VocaalLAB, the government-funded international platform for modern music, can deliver more of such fine, fresh soloists to the Holland Festival.” This was about van der Meers portrayal of the title role in Richard Ayres Opera: The Cricket Recovers, directed by Pierre Audi with the Asko / Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by Etienne Siebens.

Bauwien van der Meer studied at the Royal Conservatory with Sasja Hunnego, after which she got a masters degree at the New Opera Academy. There she sang the title role Alcina (Händel) conducted by Richard Egarr. She now has lessons with Gemma Visser and Magreet Honig.

To participate in the post master of the VocaalLAB Bauwien received a grant from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. With VocaalLAB Bauwien van der Meer participated in numerous world premieres and other outstanding productions, home and abroad, for instance in Xenakis' Oresteia. She also performed at the Ruhrtriënnale with Autland by Alexander Nevsky and sang at the Dresden Festival Contemporary Music with opera Colourful Penis (Maria de Alvear). In honor of the seventieth birthday of Louis Andriessen, Bauwien van der Meer sang in De Staat, with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, at the BBC Proms. With Ensemble 88 she sang Schönbergs Pierrot Lunaire, which performance can be seen on YouTube (recording).

Bauwien van der Meer worked with conductors such as Frank Ollu, Reinbert de Leeuw, Etienne Siebens and Lucas Vis. Recently, she played Mrs. Coyle in a particular well-received production of Britten's Owen Wingrave by Opera Trionfo (De Volkskrant: “The wife of Owens teacher shines on stage, thanks to the warm, lushful sound of Bauwien van der Meer”).

July 2014 she performed Haydn Arianna auf Naxos in Prague International Music Festival with Richard Egarr and Masumi Nagasawa. (Opera Plus: “The lieder by Joseph Haydn and J. L. Dussek were very interesting and van der Meer showed in them her mastery of the genre. Her performance was based on perfect interpretation and deep comprehension of the lyrics which allowed her to embellish her rendition with many charming details.”)

January 2015, van der Meer made her debut at the Dutch National Opera as Mdma Cortese in an adaptation of Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini (Reimsreisje).

Annedee Jaeger

....Studied classical guitar at the ‘Sweelinck Conservatorium’ in Amsterdam with Theo Krumeich. In 1996 she completed her studies. At this same conservatory she attended the minors electric guitar taught by Hans Kunneman and flamenco by Eric Vaarzon Morel. Up to 2004 she practiced the flamenco, taught by Ricardo Mendeville. While studying at the conservatory she attended a master class, given by the guitarist Gilardino. She also attended a course in flamenco in Cordoba led by Paco Peña.

Annedee Jaeger is active as a performing musician since 1993. She started her professional career with the classical guitar trio Idéfix. Ever since she has been participating in diverse ensembles and projects. Annedee features in the well-known tune of the Douwe Egberts Grand Arome commercial. From 1998 she formed the Duo Toccante with baritone Ragnar van Linden van den Heuvell, focussing on the Spanish repertoire with songs by Manuel de Falla and Garcia Lorca. Two years later she also formed a duo with Gerrie Jonker (bassoon and flute) specializing in both the baroque period and in contemporary music (with a repertoire from Vivaldi to Mitéran). Currently she gives performances with a guitar trio (Iris Tjong Kim Sang and Ferry van der Klaauw), with whom she recently attended a master class given by John Mills.

Besides being a performer, Annedee Jaeger works as a teacher: she is a member of the music collective Fulco de Minstreel in IJsselstein and she gives private lessons at home in Utrecht.

Joris van Haaften

...studied cello with Nadia David and Michel Dispa at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Tilburg, where he obtained his second phase degree in 2002. At the same time he finished his studies in architecture in Delft. From that point on Joris combines the two disciplines.

As a violoncellist he performs in various small-scale ensembles, and plays both the modern and the baroque cello. He also performs playing the violoncello piccolo.

Joris has a penchant for lesser known or even forgotten – but no less interesting- repertoire. Herein he regularly passes the boundaries of traditional classical music and crosses over to, among other sorts of music, world music. He also plays contemporary repertoire and he has performed several pieces by Dutch composers such as Henriette Bosmans, Carl Oberstadt, Lex van Delden, Theo Loevendie, Daan Manneke and others.

He attended master classes given by György Kurtág, Colin Carr, Pieter Wispelwey and Radu Aldulescu. He made radio recordings and he played chamber music at concerts both at home and abroad.