Erard Ensemble, Netherlands, 2020

Tour Dates: 6th May - 18th May, 2020

The Amsterdam based Erard Ensemble is one of the most experienced and renowned classical music groups in Europe.

Tour Dates
  • 6th May - 18th May, 2020

Edward Janning, Piano
Casper Bleumers, Violin
Richard Wolfe, Viola
Jan Bastiaan Neven, Cello

The Amsterdam based Erard Ensemble is one of the most experienced and renowned classical music groups in Europe. The ensemble has specialized in performing 19th century repertoire in an authentic style, using historic pianos build by the legendary French piano manufacturer Erard. The Erard Ensemble is loved for its exciting interpretations of romantic music, and performs famous masterpieces as well as interesting music by less known composers. The members of the Erard Ensemble are highly respected musicians with leading positions in top orchestras in The Netherlands and teaching positions at excellent conservatories, such as The Hague Royal Conservatory. Pianist and founder of the Erard Ensemble, Edward Janning, is a Yale University Graduate and has taught master classes at the China and Central Conservatories in Beijing, China.

The Erard Ensemble has more than 40 concert programs on its repertoire, and has toured extensively in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. In April 2019 the ensemble celebrated its 15-year anniversary with a sold out concert the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Later in 2019 the Erard Ensemble made its Berlin (Germany) debut.

Edward Janning, piano

Pianist Edward Janning performs regularly as a soloist and in ensembles. He gave concerts in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the United States and in Russia. Mr. Janning has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as baritone Henk Neven, violinist Gordan Nikolic, the Mondrian Quartet, violinist Peter Brunt and violist Vladimir Mendelssohn. He was a guest performing artist at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow several times, where he gave concerts presenting both romantic and contemporary repertoire.

Edward Janning has a passion for playing on historical instruments. With the Erard Ensemble he founded, Mr. Janning gives concerts in which he plays an Erard piano from the middle of the nineteenth century, restored by Frits Janmaat. The Erard Ensemble has an extensive repertoire containing famous masterpieces as well as works by forgotten romantic composers. The Erard Ensemble released two CDs with works by Joseph Jongen, Carl Krill, Gustav Mahler and Robert Schumann.

Since 2005, Edward Janning has organized an annual series of concerts with the Erard Ensemble in the historic Amstelkerk in Amsterdam, where both famous masterpieces and unknown repertoires from the 19th century are presented. Since 2012 Edward Janning has been the artistic director of the annual Seven Bridges Chamber Music Festival in Amsterdam.

Edward Janning (1962) comes from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he studied piano at the Sweelinck Conservatory with Willem Brons and Jan Wijn. Mr. Janning also holds a Masters Degree from Yale University School of Music where he studied with Russian pianist Boris Berman.

Casper Bleumers, violin

Violinist Casper Bleumers was born in The Hague. He received his first violin lessons when he was 5 years old. Mr. Bleumers attended the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam where Davina van Wely and Istvan Parkanyi were amongst his teachers. As a soloist, Mr. Bleumers performed with the Forum Philharmonic Orchestra and the Antwerp Philharmonic. For a number of years, he was concertmaster of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. 

Mr. Bleumers currently holds the position of principal second violin with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In this capacity he has worked with famous conductors as Bernard Haitink. 

As a chamber musician Mr. Bleumers has performed extensively with the Erard Ensemble and collaborated with renowned musicians as violinist Gordan Nikolic and pianist Paolo Giacometti.

Richard Wolfe, viola

Richard Wolfe began his music studies on the violin under the guichamber_music of Aaron Shapinsky, Dorothy DeLay and Patinka Kopec, and completed his Bachelor degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the class of Walter Levin (leader of the LaSalle Quartet). After two more years of study with Gerald Beale, Richard moved to Israel, where he became a member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

In 1982 Richard settled in the Netherlands. Two years later he began a 35 year tenure as principal violist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. During this time he appeared as soloist numerous times, in Holland and abroad.

A cd he made with Gordan Nicoliç of the Mozart Symfonie Concertante will appear on the Tacet label in 2020.

Richard has been on the viola faculties of the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht, and performs every summer at the Icicle Creek chamber music festival in Leavenworth, Washington, and with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Connecticut. In Holland, in addition to playing with the Erard Ensemble, he is a member of the Rietveld Ensemble.

Jan Bastiaan Neven, cello

Jan Bastiaan Neven had his first cello lessons with Jan Hollinger at the age of ten. He continued his studies at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf with Johannes Goritzki and -with a scholarship from the Prins Bernhard Foundation- with Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He participated in master classes with Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bijlsma and Philippe Müller.

Since a young age Jan Bastiaan Neven appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe and the USA and he performed and taught at many festivals around the world. As an active chamber musician he collaborated with Ivry Gitlis, Gordan Nikolic, Udo Reinemann, Pieter Wispelwey, Paolo Giacometti, the Brodsky, Prazák and Orpheus Quartets and many others.

He recorded the cello concerto by the Portuguese composer Joly Braga Santos for Naxos and was praised by Strad Magazine (“superb soloist”) and BBC Music Magazine (“great sensitivity”, “remarkable range of tone color”).

As a guest principal cellist he played with orchestras as The Aurora Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Netherlands Philharmonic orchestra.

Jan Bastiaan Neven is assistant solo cellist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and a member of The Amsterdam Chamber Soloists and the Erard Ensemble. He plays a cello made by Antonio Pellizon lent to him by “Het Nationaal Instrumentenfonds”.

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