Biography Vincent van Amsterdam Juli 2016
Vincent van Amsterdam (1989), winner of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2016, is a big promoter of the classical accordion. He completed both his Bachelor's and his Master's degree cum laude at the Fontys Academy for Fine Arts Tilburg (NL). Vincent is a laureate of various (inter)national music competitions, including the Prinses Christina Concours (NL, 2007), the National Accordion Competition (NL, 2008 and 2009), and the International Young Musicians Competition (IT, 2009). At the Coupe Mondiale (HR, 2010) Vincent won 4th price. With the Van Amsterdam Duo, Vincent won prizes in Varaždin (HR, 2010) and Klingenthal (DE, 2012). In 2014 he received the professional jury price of the Dutch Conservatoire Competition.
Vincent started his accordion studies with his father, accordion player and teacher Evert van Amsterdam. During his Bachelor studies, Vincent was taught by Ronald van Overbruggen and Gerie Daanen. Over the course of his Master's degree, Vincent took lessons with professor Stefan Hussong at the Hochschule fur Musik in Würzburg (DE), and with professor Wjatscheslaw Semionow at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow (RU). In past years, Vincent has participated in master classes and summer courses with renowned accordion players, such as Friedrich Lips (RU), Miny Dekkers (NL), Claudio Jacomucci (IT), Yuri Shishkin (RU), Mika Vayrynen (FI) en Miljan Bjeletic (RS).
Vincent's repertoire is characterized by its broad scope, which reaches from Scarlatti, Bach and Franck to Gubaidulina, Nordheim, Schmidt and Kusjakow. Additionally, Vincent has actively sought out contemporary Dutch composers. His work with them has culminated in several world premieres of pieces by Aart Strootman, Bernard van Beurden and Willem Boogman. As part of the Dutch Classical Talent Competition 2015/2016, the Performing Arts Fund (NL) awarded a grant to Maxim Shalygin for the writing of a new composition for solo accordion, especially for Vincent.
Vincent has recorded three CDs. In 2012, he recorded “A Flight Beyond the Time”, on which he performed solo compositions and chamber music works with the Van Amsterdam Duo. His subsequent CD, “Classical Accordion” (2014) consists completely of solo works by such diverse composers as Sweelinck, Bach, Gubaidulina and Tiensuu. In 2016 Vincent released a CD with the Van Amsterdam Duo, entitled “Chanson Russe”, which includes works by various Russian composers.
Aside from performing as a soloist, Vincent regularly plays chamber music. Most notable is his contribution to the Van Amsterdam Duo, which he has formed with his sister Jeanine van Amsterdam (violin) since 2004. This unique combination of instruments is also a laureate of various music competitions, such as the Prinses Christina Concours (NL, 2009), the National Accordion Competition (NL, 2009) the Coupe Mondiale (HR, 2010), and the prestigious Akkordeonwettbewerb Klingenthal (DE, 2012). The Duo plays original works and transcriptions by, among others, Bach, Vivaldi, Schnittke and Stravinsky. Additionally, the Van Amsterdam Duo has played world premieres of works by Dutch composers, such as Bram Kortekaas, Bernard van Beurden and Frank van Gompel.
Next to the Van Amsterdam Duo, Vincent performs with a variety of different ensembles. Together with Aart Strootman (gtr) and Dominique Vleeshouwers (perc) he forms ensemble EMBED. In the program 'Le Chat Noir', which Vincent performs in cooperation with Sebastiaan Kemner (tbn) and Zinzi Frohwein (sop), he plays works by Eric Satie and Claude Debussy, combined with works by Jacques Brel. In 2012 and 2015 Vincent collaborated with the ASKO chamber choir (conducted by Jos Leusink), performing premieres by Fabio Nieder and Willem Boogman respectively. Together with carillon player Boudewijn Zwart, Vincent has played several projects focusing on the Metamorphoses by Philip Glass. Additionally, Vincent has played an arrangement for accordion and string quartet of the Viola Concerto by Georg Philipp Telemann with member of the Wings Ensemble. He also played the world premiere of A4, a piece for solo accordion and string quartet by Dutch composer Bernard van Beurden.
As a soloist, Vincent actively engages with different kinds of orchestras. With the Kennemer Youth Orchestra, conducted by M. Broers, he performed the Pohadka Accordion Concerto by Vaclav Trojan. In 2015 he played Ole Schmidt's Accordion Concerto with the Dutch National Youth Brass Orchestra, conducted by Danny Oosterman. In the fall of 2015, Vincent performed the Accordion Concerto by Hugo Hermann with chamber orchestra De Haerlemse Musyckkamer, conducted by André
Vincent has given concerts at a variety of festivals in the Netherlands, including the UITmarkt, the Janine Jansen Festival, the Grachtenfestival, Sail Amsterdam, and most recently the NJO Music Summer (2015). Abroad, Vincent has celebrated successes as well, with his extensive solo tour of Italy, and concerts in Paris and Athens. With the Van Amsterdam Duo, Vincent went on a tour of Austria and performed in Serbia and China.