MEET

Meet people from around the globe! Conservatorium Maastricht is the most international conservatory in Europe. 75% of our students are international and many projects, masterclasses, and programmes are without borders.

MOVE

We challenge you! Get out of your comfort zone, spark your imagination, and develop your own individual sound. The ability to see beyond your own boundaries, to let go and then regain control. How do you want to move?

MUSIC

We work towards one common goal: to enable our students to develop into excellent musicians whose energy and creativity offer a valuable contribution to music and society on an international level.

MAASTRICHT

The city's bustling student life mainly takes place in the historic centre. Where many cultural events and activities take place throughout the year. You are a stone's throw away from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and France.

In the spotlight

Super proud of Michał Niedbała!

19 October 2021

Super proud of our jazz piano student Michał Niedbała, who got chosen to be the pianist in young division of the Metropole Orkest! Congratulations we wish you all the best!

Giorgio Stienstra finalist at Conservatorium Talent Award!

5 October 2021

We challenge you to find your own music!

Our departments

Industry leaders will work with you to create strong foundations for your career

The Conservatorium Maastricht team is characterised by collectivity and passion. We feel it is important to learn from each other, excel ourselves and add value. Our inspiring teaching staff have more than earned their spurs in the international world of music. Students, teaching staff, support staff and management are in constant dialogue. They inspire each other, follow developments and jointly ensure their implementation. 

Meet our team

Meet our
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Robert Weirauch

Piano accompaniment

Robert Weirauch (born 1974) studied piano and composition at Conservatorium M

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Piotr Jasiurkowski

Classical Violin

Piotr Jasiurkowski (born 1987) is a Concert Violinist and Classical Violin te

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Reiner Witzel

Jazz Saxophone / Big Band Sax section

Reiner Witzel , born 1967, studied saxophone at the "Musikhochschule Köln" an

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Gabriel Schwabe

Classical Cello

Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of three of the most prestigious cello competit

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Hilb Baisha

Junior Jazz / Guitar

Hlib is an innovative musician bringing to jazz new sounds, techniques, and u

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Robert van der Padt

Jazz / Booking Agency

Robert van der Padt is the Booking Agent Jazz Department.

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Bram de Vree

Coordinator Chamber Music, Master Research Coach

Concert pianist Bram de Vree regularly plays recitals in the Low Countries as

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Sander Ruijters

Practicum Popmusic / History of pop / IP / Music and Technology / Teaching skills / Member OC

Sander Ruijters (born 1984) is a lecturer in Pop Music Training, Institutiona

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Eva van Grinsven

Classical Saxophone

Eva has been teaching classical saxophone at the Maastricht Conservatory sinc

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Anastasia Safonova

Pianist / Chamber Music / School Participation Council

Anastasia Safonova began her professional career at the age of 12 with a succ

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Ivan Meylemans

Wind Band Conducting

Belgian conductor Ivan Meylemans, is one of the most exciting and dynamic con

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Jan Cober

Windband and brassband conducting

Jan Cober (born 1951) is a lecturer in Clarinet and Wind/Brass Band Conductin

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Arnoud Gerritse

Jazz Drums / Band Coaching / Jazz Rhythmic Solfège

Arnoud Gerritse (born 1957) has been a lecturer in Drums and leader of the bi

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Mella Klaessen

Lecturer Music in Movement and internship coach

Mella Klaessen (1991) behaalde in 2013 haar diploma Docent Muziek aan het Con

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Anouk Habets

Movement

Anouk is responsible for movement lessons at the classical department Conserv

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Abigail Richards

Piano Accompaniment Classical Singing Department

British pianist Abigail Richards (1979) is a specialist in vocal repertoire,

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Ian van Wolferen

Music Theory

Ian van Wolferen (1995) doceert muziektheorie aan de afdelingen Docent Muziek

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Frederik Tings

Music Production / Live Sound & Effects / Electronic Music Performance / Producing your own music

Frederik Tings is a musician, producer & composer from Germany, currently

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Míriam Pascual Benavent

Coordinator European Opera Academy / Your Art as a Business (Coordinator) / Research Coach

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Jeremy Hulin

Pianist / Music Conductor Opera

Jeremy Hulin (born 1956) has been working at Conservatorium Maastricht since

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Anneleen Lenaerts

Classical Harp

Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is making a name for herself as one of the

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Marlies Hoen

Student affairs office

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Bart Verhagen

Lecturer Teaching Skills and Performance

Bart Verhagen (1983) studeerde Docent Muziek en Klassieke Zang aan het Conser

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Frans Kokkelmans

Classical Solo Singing

The lyric baritone Frans Kokkelmans teaches Solo Singing and Chamber Music in

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Susanne Schneider

Jazz Vocals

Vocalist Susanne Schneider has been teaching at Conservatorium Maastricht sin

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Roeland Hendrikx

Classical Clarinet

Roeland Hendrikx is one of the leading Belgian clarinet players of the presen

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Susanne Schimmack

Classical Singing / Opera

When German soprano Susanne Schimmack performed in the 1997 Cardiff Singer of

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Valerie Debaele

Flute performance

Valerie is since 2006 principal flutist at the ‘Orchestre Philharmonique Roya

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Renée Joosten

Coordinator Junior Conservatorium Maastricht / Lecturer Education and Didactics / Internschip coach

Renée Joosten (1980) obtained her diploma for first degree teacher of music a

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Jo Didderen

Jazz Basic and Advanced Teaching Skills - (Double) Bass

Bassist Jo Didderen is first known for his work with the Mijke Loeven Band an

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Nadine Walstock

Education Affairs Office

Nadine Walstock works for Academic Affairs at Conservatorium Maastricht.

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Paul Frick

EMP (guest teacher)

Paul Frick teaches the Electronic Music Performance (EMP) students in Extende

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Norbert Kögging

Your Art as a Business

Besides being the YAB-lecturer at the conservatorium, Norbert is managing dir

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Ellen Bliek

Jazz Vocals at Junior Jazz Department

Ellen Bliek is a Dutch jazz/pop singer and vocal teacher.

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Seamus Blake (Guest Teacher)

Jazz Saxophone - Guest Teacher

New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake is recognized as one of the

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Masumi Nagasawa

Classical Harp

Masumi Nagasawa is an experienced and accomplished internationally known harp

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Piotr Torunski

Clarinet for Saxophonists

Piotr Torunski is steadily gaining attention as a talented bass clarinet /cla

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Erwin Deleux

Pianist / School Participation Council

Pianist Erwin Deleux (born 1973) studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwer

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Ralph van Daal

Classical oboe

Ralph van Daal (born 1984) began playing the oboe at the age of nine.

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Emile Gerards

Facilities employee

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Wiek Maessen

Ear training & prima vista

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Alexander Boerner

Jazz Electric Bass / Band Coaching

Bass guitarist Alexander Boerner (born 1963) has taught Jazz/Pop Bass Guitar

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Leentje Clijsters

Asimut, student affairs office & Study coach

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Rik Bastiaens

Head of Programme Classical 2 / Research Coordinator / Teacher Junior Advanced Musical Skills

Rik Bastiaens (born 1975) studied Organ with Dorthy de Rooij and Theory of Mu

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Bart Claessens

Classical trombone / Methodology

Bart Claessens (born 1982) started playing the trombone at the age of eleven

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Leon Bosch

Classical Clarinet

Leon Bosch (born 1959) has been teaching Clarinet at Conservatorium Maastrich

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Robert Szreder

Classical violin (Junior Classical Department)

Violinist and pedagogue Robert Szreder teaches Violin at Conservatorium Maast

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Arjan Tien

Symphony Orchestra Conducting

Arjan Tien, winner of the first prize “Rotary-Faller” at the competition of t

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levon Harutiunyan

Advanced teaching skills / Methodics Piano (jazz) / Piano (Music in Education)

Levon Leonard (1978), who has a degree in Piano and Composition, teaches Pian

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Hugo Fredrix

Music and Technology and IT / IT

Hugo Fredrix (born 1970) has been a lecturer in Music and Information Technol

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Raymond Curfs

Classical percussion

Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Curfs studied Percussion and Timpani in Maas

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Yolande Eymael

Vocals / Lecturer Education and Didactics, Methodology, Internship coordinator

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Mette Laugs

Head of programme classical 1

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Sam David Wamper

Jazz Eartraining (temporary replacement Jan Nobbe)

Sam David Wamper studied jazz piano with Frank Giebels and classical piano wi

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Carol Rutten

Communication & Marketing

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Willy Bessems

Classical Horn / Methodology Horn

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Arno Tegelaers

Facilities employee

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Frank Giebels

Jazz Piano / Applied Piano Jazz

“My greatest teachers were honest, critical and not afraid to make choices.

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Wolfgang Braun

Jazz Composing / Arranging / Performing / CAP Modules: Writing for Big Band / Pop, Funk, Fusion / Vocals / "Find Your Own Music" coaching

Wolfgang Braun (born 1967) has studied a vast array of music genres.

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Inge Pasmans

Music Theory (Classical) / Lecturer Music Theory / Research Coach (Music in Education)

As well as being a main subject lecturer in Music Theory at Conservatorium Ma

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Will Sanders

Classical Horn

Will Sanders was born in the Netherlands.

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Roderik Povel

Junior Jazz Vocals / Coordinator Junior Jazz / Band Coaching

Roderik Povel (1976) is a lecturer in Jazz Vocals, Ensemble and Master resear

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John Goldsby

Jazz Double Bass / Band Coaching

Since 1994, John Goldsby has been a member of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big

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Lea Lomans

The Education Team will align with main subject teachers, Heads of Department and other stakeholders where needed.

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Alejandro Serena Llinares

Young Talent Class / Piano methodology / Applied piano

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Michaël Kugel

Classical viola

Michaël Kugel (1946) studied violin at the Beethoven School of Music and at t

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Lage Lund

Jazz Guitar / Guest Teacher

Lage Lund is acclaimed as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, and

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Katia Veekmans

Classical Piano

An outstanding soloist as well as a fine chamber musician, Katia Veekmans-Cie

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Thomas Breems

Facilities employee

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Esmée Bor Stotijn

Jazz Vocals / Backing Vocals

Esmee Bor (born 1976) teaches Vocals as a main subject in the Jazz department

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Petra Meloni

Teacher Italian / German

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Joop Celis

Classical Piano

Joop Celis (born 1958) teaches Piano and Chamber Music in the Classical Music

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Claudia Schuwirth

Communications & Marketing

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Albrecht Holder

Classical Bassoon

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Frans Gulikers

Guitar / Practicum Popmusic / Study Career Guide Jazz / Advanced Teaching Skills & Guitar Methodics Jazz / Academic Council Member

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Carlo Marchione

Classical guitar

Carlo Marchione (born 1964) teaches Classical Guitar at Conservatorium Maastr

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Maartje Meijer

Choir - Guest teacher

Maartje has studied Jazz Vocals and later on Jazz Piano at the Amsterdam Cons

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Arjen van Prooijen

Lecturer Music and History of Arts

Art history lecturer Arjen van Prooijen has many years' experience in seconda

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Luke Mitchell

Project Leader Jazz, Opera, Classical Backstage & Booking Agency Classical

The direct connection between the students and the general public, Luke runs

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Anja Hendriks-Ploum

Facilities employee

Anja Hendriks has worked at Conservatorium Maastricht since 2009.

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Giannis Montesantos

Adminstrative Assistant

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Joep van Leeuwen

Jazz Guitar / Critical Listening / Band Coaching / Jazzical Ensemble / Jazz History Lectures HOVO

Since 1985, Joep van Leeuwen (born 1955) has taught Jazz Guitar, Combo (cross

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Maureen Poell

(Ortho) Pedagogics

Maureen lectures in (Ortho) Pedagogics at the bachelor Music in Education.

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Elisabeth Dumont

Thesis supervisor

Elisabeth Dumont (1980) is promovenda aan de Universiteit Maastricht en doet

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Axel Everaert

Classical solo singing / Opera

The musical education of Axel Steven Everaert began at the National Opera Hou

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Jesse Passenier

Composing & Arranging / Master Coordinator / Master Research Coach / Fringe Orchestra / Wanted! Composition Lab

Jesse Passenier is a Dutch composer, unifying principles of jazz and classica

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Jean Pierre Cnoops

Classical Saxophone

Saxophonist and conductor Jean-Pierre Cnoops (born 1969) has been a Saxophone

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Jack Coenen

Jazz Trombone / Big Band / Band Coaching

JACK COENEN (1961), trombone

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Jan Gooren

Vocals / Lecturer Cultural and Artistic Education

De tenor Jan Gooren (1957) is sinds 2005 verbonden aan het Conservatorium Maa

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Raïssa Reintjens

Policy Support Employee

As a policy support officer, Raïssa Reintjens facilitates the Dean and manage

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Frank Wienk

Main Subject Electronic Music Performance (EMP)

Dutch producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer BINKBEATS – real name Fran

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Anastasia Goldberg

Piano accompaniment

Pianist Anastasia Goldberg received her first piano lessons at the age of 5 f

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Maja Jasinska

Flute for saxophonists

Maja Jasinska is a flute player from Poland and gives concerts in the classic

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Marc Rutten

Teamleader Education & Quality Management

As an educationalist, Marc Rutten (born 1963) is responsible for the internal

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Sigrid Paans

Head of Programme Jazz

Sigrid Paans has been the Head of the Jazz programme at Conservatorium Maastr

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Ioulia Dinerchtein Matioukova

Classical viola

Julia Dinerstein was born in Minsk, where she began her music studies.

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Theo Wolters

Classical Trumpet / Methodology Trumpet

At a young age, Theo Wolters (born 1955) started playing the trumpet with the

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Markus Wienstroer

Jazz / Pop Guitar

Markus Wienstroer (born June 24, 1959 in Dusseldorf) is a German musician, wh

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Marcel Verheggen

Classical Organ

Marcel Verheggen (born 1961) has taught Organ at Conservatorium Maastricht si

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Mare de Groot

Dean Performing Arts

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Vivian Knols

Lecturer Education and Didactics, Methodology and Internship coördinator

Vivian Knols (1973) is sinds 2012 verbonden aan het Conservatorium Maastricht

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Marc Tooten

Classical Viola / Chamber Music

Marc Tooten (born 1957) teaches Viola in the Classical Music department at Co

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Peter Rijkx

Classical flute / Piccolo

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Yvonne Schiffelers

Classical Singing / Opera

After completing her vocal studies at Conservatorium Maastricht, Dutch mezzo-

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David Lodewyckx

Classical Music Theory

David Lodewyckx (1978) is a lecturer of Music Theory and Music History at Con

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Paolo Borsarelli

Classical Double Bass

Paolo Borsarelli (born 1964) graduated with top marks at the Conservatorio St

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Hans Leenders

Classical organ / Choral Conducting

Hans Leenders is artistic director of the professional chamber choir Studium

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Ludo Claesen

Classical Choir Conducting

Composer and conductor Ludo Claesen (born 1956) teaches Choral Conducting and

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Felix Havenith

Head of Programme Music in Education / Lecturer Education and Didactics / Internship Coördinator

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Kyoko Yonemoto

Classical Violin

Kyoko Yonemoto (born 1984) is widely considered to be one of the most promisi

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Roger Smeets

Classical regie / Drama coaching opera

Dutch baritone Roger Smeets (born 1960) studied at Conservatorium Maastricht,

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Jori Klomp

Choir practice and conducting (temporary position)

De in België  geborene Nederlander Jori Klomp (1991) is saxofonist, zanger én

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Roman Krejci

Classical guitar

Roman Krejci (born 1974) began dedicating his life to music and the guitar at

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Constant Notten

Piano accompaniment

Pianist Constant Notten (born 1958) has worked as a rehearsal pianist at Cons

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Anja van der Aa

Facilities / Locationmanager

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Gustav Rivinius

Classical Cello

Gustav Rivinius (born 1965) is the first and only German musician to be award

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Richard Didden

Jazz trumpet junior jazz

Richard is a much sought-after trumpeter with national and international band

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Federico Santi

Playing from score and Instrumentation

Born in Turin, where he has studied composition, orchestra conducting, piano

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Peter Bernstein

Jazz Guitar / Guest Teacher

As a teacher, Peter Bernstein has been widely involved in New York City and w

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Alexander Chaushian

Classical Cello

Internationally acclaimed Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs regul

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Igo Lange

Applied piano

Igo Lange (born 1956) is a lecturer in Piano and a rehearsal pianist at Conse

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Marc Schaeferdiek

Classical Oboe / Chamber Music

Marc Schaeferdiek (born 1967) studied Oboe with, among others, Prof. P. W.

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Joachim Schönecker

Jazz Guitar

As a leader or as sideman, guitarist Joachim Schönecker has worked with many

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Katinka Poismans

Research Coach

Kathinka Poismans works as a lecturer and research coach for master and bache

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Mike Roelofs

Jazz Piano at Junior Jazz Department

Mike Roelofs is a versatile musician, entangled in the continuous exploration

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Hans Nickel

Classical tuba / Methodology Tuba

The internationally acclaimed performer, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator

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Philippe Benoit

Classical flute

Philippe Benoit (born 1961) teaches Flute at Conservatorium Maastricht.

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Benny Wiame

Classical Trumpet

Benny Wiame (born 1962) teaches Trumpet at Conservatorium Maastricht.

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Boris Belkin

Classical Violin

Boris Belkin began studying the violin at the age of six and made his first p

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Eva van Ooij

Lecturer Your Art as a Business

Eva Catharina van Ooij is passionate about discovering new ways and building

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Carlo Nardozza

Jazz Trumpet / Band Coaching / Big Band Trumpet section / Big Band

Carlo Nardozza studied music in Maastricht with Rob Bruynen, Claudius Valk an

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Greg Torunski

Band Coaching / Jazz Saxophone, Junior Jazz / Applied theory combo

Greg Torunski, has been already noticed with the huge success on the dutch/ge

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Wim Vluggen

Choir Training & Conducting / Teaching Methodology

Wim Vluggen (born 1959) teaches Choir Training & Conducting and Teaching

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Heleen van Rosmalen

Classical Methodology Flute

Heleen van Rosmalen (born 1963) teaches Flute Methodology at Conservatorium M

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Igor Roma

Classical Piano

Italian pianist Igor Roma began his studies at the Conservatoire of music in

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Leon Lhoëst

Arranging / Composing for Film / World Music Composing / Theoretical Analysis

Leon Lhoëst (born 1955) has taught Theoretical Analysis and Aural Analysis at

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Jeroen Riemsdijk

Classical Piano and piano accompaniment

Jeroen Riemsdijk (born 1962) is a concert pianist, chamber musician, teacher,

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Ron van Stratum

Jazz Drums / Latin Band Coaching / Percussion & Pulse / Module Advanced Rhythm

Drummer/percussionist, band leader and composer Ron van Stratum (born 1961) h

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Rob Bruynen

Jazz Trumpet (& Lead Trumpet)

Rob Bruynen (born 1961) has played with countless world-renowned musicians, i

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Vykintas Baltakas

Classical Composition

Vykintas Baltakas (1972) is a musical Scheherazade.

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Sebastiaan Philipsen

Facilities employee

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Matthias Nowak

Jazz Double Bass / Band Coaching / Applied Theory Combo / Master Research Coach

Matthias has studied orchestral music, jazz and popular music at Musikhochsch

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Sabine Kühlich

Jazz Vocals / Vocal Skills / Methodology / Master Research Coach

'I love teaching, I love developing each student's individual strong points a

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Yuzoko Horigome

Classical Violin

First prize winner in the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition YuzukoHorigo

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Sven Heinze

Aural Skills / Theoretical Analysis / Applied Theory Combo

Sven Heinze (*1983) studied Composing/Arranging Jazz with Wolfgang Braun, Mic

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Nicole Lemmens

International Office, Erasmus exchanges, Visa/residence permit specialist, Study guidance counseling Classical Department

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Kitty ten Dam

Facilities employee

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Claudia Alsdorf

Projectmanager Classical

After training as an organ builder, Claudia Alsdorf studied at Conservatorium

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Math Scheffer

Jazz Piano / Applied Piano Jazz

Math Scheffer (born 1956) has taught Jazz Piano at Conservatorium Maastricht

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Student life

Discover a world of music at Maastricht

Maastricht. Built on Roman foundations. Divided by the Maas river. Surrounded by green rolling hills. Famous for its cobbled streets, vibrant nightlife and rich cultural scene. Not just in the city itself, but also just across the border, as Maastricht lies in the triangle formed by the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Luxembourg and France are within driving distance. Cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Liege, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf, with their countless musical venues and other cultural institutions, are all a few hours away. The international appeal of the city of Maastricht is enhanced by the constant influx of students from around the globe. They are drawn to Conservatorium Maastricht, its parent organisation Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and to Maastricht University.