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Meet our bass teacher: John Goldsby!
Where do you even start when you’re talking with John Goldsby? He is the person who literally wrote the book on jazz bass playing with his groundbreaking work The Jazz Bass Book.
Since 1994, John Goldsby has been a member of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (also known as the WDR Big Band or the Cologne Radio Big Band). From 1980 to 1994, Goldsby lived in New York City and was a fixture on the jazz scene there. He continues to contribute to the art form as a bassist, bandleader, composer, teacher, clinician and author.
Wanna know more on how John looks at writing books, life overseas, and innovation? Check out this podcast/interview!
Published on 20/9/2017
Amber Haddad wins Henriëtte Hustinx Prize (Jazz) 2017
On 7 September, Ambar Haddad, a Master's degree student in Jazz (vocal) at Conservatorium Maastricht, was awarded the Henriëtte Hustinx Prize of €5,000.
The jury: ‘Over the past two years, the Flemish-Lebanese Master's degree student Amber Haddad has devoted herself to the essence of the Arab language and music, creating a music programme that draws in listeners by linking universality to her authenticity in every note. The jury highly commends her musical but also her social efforts in shaping her identity as a musician. It may well be described as a new musical craft - it is a path that needs to be paved before it can be followed, and where it will take you is uncertain. This craft requires high sensitivity to and interest in your cultural environment, demands the courage to turn yourself and your fellow players inside out, and maintains a ceaseless hunger for an original identity. Amber shows great promise as a musician and musical thinker, and she provides her generation with new musical blood.'
Also congratulations to the other nominees Marvin Frey (trumpet) and Tom Schreyer (composing/arranging).
The other two prizes, each worth €5000, were awarded to Silke De Bruyne (Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts) and Alina Maria Frieske (Maastricht Academy of Media Design and Technology).
Conservatorium Maastricht and the Arts Faculty Maastricht are very grateful to the Henriëtte Hustinx Foundation for the vital boost they give to the academies and students involved.
Published on 9/8/2017
The Montreux Jazz Festival is a music festival in Switzerland, held annually in early July in Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline.
It is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world after Canada's Montreal International Jazz Festival.
One of our alumni, Sara Decker, became 2nd at this world famous festival.
From over a 1000 applications only 7 people were chosen to sing of whom 3 actually were in the finals.
Franco-American singer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, presided over the jury, which also counted in its number: Swiss composer, Jérôme Berney; Swiss-Albanian singer, Elina Duni; Le Temps journalist, Stéphane Gobbo; and Radio Fribourg director, Thierry Savary.
More information about the competition? An inside peek into the finals? Check this link.
Published on 11/7/2017
On May 3rd, Conservatorium Maastricht officially received the status of Nationally Listed Building, granted by the director of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency, Susan Lammer. This designation is a recognition on a national level of the cultural and historical value of the building.
Published on 03/05/2017
Susanne van Els (head of our Classical Department) and Stefan Rosu (philharmonie zuidenederland) discussed the brand new Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music on L1 Avondgasten. The MCICM will create extraordinary and innovative opportunities for music education in which culture, research, participation, and social innovation are woven into one another. More info.
Published on 20/04/2017
A BIG congrats to Jana Debusk on winning the (inter)national Artistic Research Competition for students completing a Master of Music! The judges said Jana's presentation of her Master project 'Creating Communication Between Refugee, Local and Expat Women Using Vocal Improvisation' was "politically relevant, emotional, well-presented, and inspiring for other artists."
Published on 12/4/2017
Lights, camera, action! L1's Blaaskracht visited Conservatorium Maastricht. Click here to watch the episode online.
Published on 27/03/2017
Congratulations to Fabian Homburg, who won the Music Award Maastricht 2017 (€4.500), and the audience prize (€500). The prize was awarded by a professional jury (Henk Neven, Daniela Spering and Jard van Nes) and chaired by Stefan Rosu, intendant of philharmonie zuidnederland. The Music Award Maastricht is organised by Rotary Club Maastricht and Conservatorium Maastricht.
Published on 18/03/2017
Our student Seokho Jeon made it through to the 2nd round of the Girolamo Fantini International Trumpet Competition which will take place in April 2017 in Rome.
Published on 09/02/2017
We congratulate (L-R) Luke Mitchell, Laura Mosquera Martinez, Fabian Homburg, Sandrine Mairesse, and Raimonds Pocs! All 5 made it through the auditions of the MAM Vocal yesterday. On March 18th they will compete at the MAM finale at Conservatorium Maastricht to win the Jury Award of €4500 and/or the Audience Award of €500.
Published on 31/01/2017