More about KJO’s Concert Tour 2013

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Annual Concert Tour
Each spring the Kennemer Jeugd Orkest (KJO, the Kennemer Youth Orchestra) goes on concert tour to a foreign destination. Needless to say, these tours are the highlight of the season for the young musicians. Performing in front of these audiences but also coming into contact with the local musicians is both memorable and educational. Social interaction through the universal medium of music is essential in the development of young people. These concerts are well attended and appreciated by audiences and critics.

The tour destination for 2012 was the Loire and Bordeaux regions of France. This year, from 27 April to 1 May 2013, the orchestra will perform in Newcastle/Gateshead (side-by-side concert at the Dryden Centre with The Gateshead Youth Orchestra, conducted by John Treherne), Glasgow (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – 28 April 2013) and Edinburgh (Edinburgh Castle & Reid Concert Hall, 30 April 2013).

During the Concert Tour 2013, the orchestra will be performing with young talented soloists from China, Azerbaijan and The Netherlands:

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Kennemer Jeugd Orkest (KJO) – The Kennemer Youth Orchestra
The Kennemer Youth Orchestra ranks high amongst youth symphony orchestras in The Netherlands. Rooted in the Classic/Romantic repertoire, the orchestra is also known for its more adventurous programming including film music as well as participating in crossover projects incorporating ballet, the visual arts and pop music. At the moment seventy youngsters from the Haarlem area, between the ages of fourteen and twenty-two, enthusiastically join forces to perform with exceptional musical quality and youthful exuberance.

The Conductor
Matthijs Broers (1958) studied flute at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam and conducting at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. He has been involved with the orchestra for 27 years. Early beginnings were with the Bloemendaals Jeugd Orkest in 1986 which in 1994 merged with the Haarlems Jeugdorkest to what is now known as Kennemer Jeugd Orkest (KJO).
In 1990 the orchestra won the First Prize Cum Laude at the International Competition for Youth Orchestras in Neerpelt, Belgium. Matthijs Broers regularly conducts other Dutch and international orchestras. In April 2011 the city of Haarlem awarded him De Penning van Verdienste: The Medal of Merit. Besides his work with the orchestra, he is Programme Manager at De Kubus Lelystad, an arts and culture centre, where he is responsible for Music, Dance, Art and Theatre.

Young Talented Musicians
During the Concert Tour 2013, the Kennemer Youth Orchestra (KJO) will be performing with young talented soloists from China, Azerbaijan and The Netherlands:

Xiaofen Song (piano)
Xiaofen Song grew up in a musical family in Wuhan, China. From the age of four she received piano lessons from her grandmother. In 2011 she graduated from the Wuhan Conservatorium. At the moment she is a second year scholarship student, studying with Victor Sangiorgio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Since joining the Conservatorium, Xiaofen has performed as part of Song Photomontage of the Sichuan Opera at the 2012 RCS piano festival. In December 2012 she won the A. Ramsay Calder (Debussy) Prize, as well as the Jock Holden Memorial Mozart Prize in January 2013. Befitting that she will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto number 25 with the Kennemer Jeugd Orkest in Haarlem, The Netherlands and Glasgow, Scotland. She has received master classes with distinguished pianists including Idil Biret, Roy Howat, Susan Alexander-Max and Steven Osborne.

Jamal Aliyev (cello)
Jamal Aliyev was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1993 and began studying the cello when he was seven years old. He won an award at the Trakya International Competition when he was nine and was the winner of the Antonio Tanigko International Cello Competition when he was eleven. He has given solo performances with the Bilkent Symphony and President Orchestras in Turkey.
In 2008 he joined the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he is studying with Thomas Carroll. He has taken part in numerous concerts organised by the school as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. In 2011 he was one of the two soloists for Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos at performances for the Banstead Arts Festival and at Berghaus Wispile in Switzerland, as part of the Gstaad Festival. Additionally he played at Wigmore Hall in July 2011, with ensembles performing Chausson: Poeme (in a chamber arrangement) and Boulez’s challenging Messagesguisse. In 2012 he was the soloist in a performance of Paganini: Moses Fantasy for a live broadcast on Radio 3 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and also performed at the concert hall in the Forbidden City in China.

Jonathan van IJzerlooy (cello)
Jonathan van IJzerlooij (1992) started cello lessons at the age of eight and at the moment is studying with Larissa Groeneveld at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. During 2011 Jonathan won the first as well as the public prize in the regional finals of the Prinses Christina Concours. He was awarded the second prize at the National finals. He is a member of the Brackman Trio together with the violinist Tim Brackman and the pianist Anne Brackman. This trio has international acclaim and is coached by Liza Ferschtman. He can also be heard as part of a cello-piano duet with Anne Brackman. Jonathan has more than once been a soloist with the Kennemer Jeugd Orkest (KJO). He has had master classes from Lenian Benjamins, Michel Strauss, Alexander Baillie, Thomas Carroll en Michel Dispa amongst others. He is currently playing on a Daniel Royé (Amsterdam 2004) cello on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds (National Music instrument Foundation).

The Kennemer Youth Orchestra (KJO) is delighted to be working with the following partners:

The Gateshead Youth Orchestra, conducted by John Treherne

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)

The Yehudi School of Music

Edinburgh Castle
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Saturday 27 April 2013 – 7pm, Gateshead, Dryden Center – the KJO will share the stage with the Gateshead Youth Orchestra (GYO).
Download the concert programme.
Address: Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5UR.
Concert starts at 7pm.
Tickets priced at £5 (£3 concessions) available on the door or call 433 8690.
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Sunday 28 April 2013 – 7.30 pm, Glasgow, Stevenson Hall of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Download the concert programme.
Adres: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB.
Concert starts at 7.30 pm.
Tickets: full price £13,50, discounted price(s) £11,00
Book tickets online: RCS Box Office.
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Tuesday 30 April 2013, 7.30 pm – Edinburgh, Reid Concert Hall.
Download the concert programme.
Address: Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AG.
Starts: 7.30pm (concert hall open at 7pm)
Free concert.
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(last updated on 17 April 2013).