Jan Ezendam (born 1953) studied Piano, Orchestral Conducting, Music Theory, and Composition at Conservatorium Maastricht and the Conservatoire Royal de Liège from 1972, with teachers including Jean Antonietti and Henri Delnooz. He has taught Theory Subjects, Arranging, and Ensemble Conducting at Conservatorium Maastricht since 1980.
He has been on the board of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory since 2005. He is frequently invited to give lectures and be on the jury at festivals, conferences, and composing competitions in the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Poland. In 2003 he gave a composing masterclass in Italy. His musical versatility is expressed in his various roles as a composer, music theorist, conductor, and pianist. As a composer he has been awarded various commissions by the Province of Limburg and the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst [Dutch creative musical arts fund]. As a music theorist, he is on the board of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory. In addition, he is the chair of the working group on theory subjects at Conservatorium Maastricht, in which capacity he initiated a new, pragmatic structure for the theory disciplines of harmony and counterpoint, entitled Models & Skills.
He has conducted countless performances with choirs, orchestras and soloists, including Rossini’s Stabat Mater (with a double choir) and the Euregio Kammerorchester during the religious festival in Maastricht, masses by several composers including Dvorak and Gounod, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes and Krönungsmesse (with Geleen’s Kluiskoor choir). He also conducted and directed the Roermond-based theatre chorus Orpheus and the Den Bosch based chamber orchestra Musica Ducis in the multidisciplinary theatre project 1001 Nachten (Arabian Nights), combining theatre, film and dance, with performances in Roermond, Weert, Heerlen and Hasselt. In 2010 and 2012 he was the initiator, artistic leader and conductor of the multi-disciplinary project ‘Mozartiana’ (Venlo and Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht in collaboration with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra).
Since 2008 Jan Ezendam has been a member of the research centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts. For more information: www.janezendam.nl