KarinDirector of CYM
KARIN HOLLREISER won a scholarship to study piano and composition at Chethams School of Music in the UK and continued her studies with David Parkhouse and Stephen Savage at the Royal College of Music. Following that she gained an MA Honours in Music at St Andrews University, where she specialized in Music Performance.
After many years of teaching and performing and working as a consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Karin co-founded CYM to provide talented International children with an opportunity to develop their interest in music at the weekends.
The aim of the Centre is that every child who attends reaches his or her musical potential and feels fulfilled by all of the opportunities that are available.
Karin works to ensure that every child is able to reach their musical goals whatever those may be and that they reach a level that enables them to continue their Music in higher education should they wish to.
Russell - (Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM))CYM Choir, Chamber Choir and Vocal Teacher
Russell is a Senior Vocal Tutor and Repetiteur at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating from the RNCM he studied for two years at post-graduate level, obtaining a Performer’s Diploma with distinction. As well as his other studies, Russell also studied conducting.
He has accompanied singers at recitals and master classes throughout the UK. He has performed in the Channel Islands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark and has taken part in recordings for the BBC, ITV and RTE. He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, which has taken him to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, Uganda, Holland, Italy, Austria and many parts of the UK.
As Musical Director of the Northern England Chorale he has conducted in Finland, Cyprus, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Delft. He is also Musical Director of the Lindow Singers and Sale Choral Society and has worked with many choral societies as conductor and organist. He was Assistant Chorus Master to the Halle Chorus for eight years.
As Chorus Master of the Chamber Choir and Opera Chorus at the RNCM, he has been involved in many major opera productions. As well as a thriving private teaching practice in singing and piano, he is tutor in piano at Moreton Hall School, Shropshire. Russell travels form the Royal Northern to teach Voice, vocal ensemble and Piano at the Centre For Young Musicians and has developed outstanding voices during the last six years at the CYM.
UziPiano Teacher and Chamber Music Instructor
Uzi was born in Israel and has lived in the USA and Brazil. Uzi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and Indiana University specializing in chamber music, piano and lieder. He has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and singers in the USA, Europe, Israel, and Brazil. Uzi has over twenty-five years of piano teaching experience and was an assistant instructor at the Music Academy in Jerusalem and Indiana University, and a teacher at the Israeli Valley Conservatory and at the pre-college program in Indiana University. Since moving to the Netherlands, Uzi has taught piano at the American School of The Hague, and chamber music at the Centre for Young Musicians in the Hague.
RaniClarinet Teacher and Chamber Music Instructor
Rani graduated in clarinet performance from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music, and received his performance graduate degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. As a founding member of the contemporary ensemble “Kaprizma”, he performs regularly and has also worked on projects such as “Ensemble Intercontemporain”. Rani has performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and participated in “Peter de Grote Festival”. Rani performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals.
Rani has been teaching clarinet and chamber music for over 20 years. He is currently teaching Clarinet and Chamber Music at the Centre for Young Musicians He teaches a variety of levels, from beginning clarinetists to all levels of the ABRSM exams and higher education in music performance. Rani achieves outstanding results with ABRSM exams and is in great demand as a clarinet teacher.
Estela started playing the viola at 12 years old in her hometown Castelló de la Plana, Spain. In 2008 she was admitted at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague to study with Ron Ephrat and she moved to the Netherlands. In May 2012, she obtained her music bachelor degree in viola. Estela was awarded scholarships in Spain by the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Art (CONCA), Barcelona in 2010 and by the Fundación Dávalos-Fletcher, Castelló de la Plana in 2011.
Estela is a versatile musician. In 2009 she was viola soloist with the orchestra of the Sommer Oper Bamberg in Germany, she played between 2008 and 2009 with the National Youth Orchestra in The Netherlands, in 2010 with the orchestra of the Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth in Germany, between 2007 and 2008 with the Jeunesse Orchestre Atlantic in France, among others. Beside her experience with important professional orchestras as Noord Nederlands Orkest and Philarmonie Zuid Nederland (The Netherlands) playing since 2013, Asko|Schönberg ensemble in 2012, Het Brabants Orkest (The Netherlands) between 2009 and 2010 and Navarra Symphony Orchestra (Spain) in 2009 and conductors like Philippe Herreweghe, Oliver Knussen, Mark Minkowski, Antony Hermus , Josep Pons, Michel Tabachnik , Stefan Asbury uri Simonov Patrick Fournilier … performing in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France and The Netherlands, she plays in different chamber music ensembles as a freelancer violist combined with her own piano string chamber music projects. On summer 2013, she was invited to play together with Piano quartet Indigo in the 4th Nocturno of Mariánské Lázne festival (Czech Republic) Her performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, together with George Benson in 2009 and with Benjamin Hermann in 2012 shows her interest for crossover.
In 2007 Estela obtained her bachelor degrees in classical saxophone and in viola at the Conservatorio Superior “ Joaquín Rodrigo” in València, Spain.
Since 2011, Estela is teaching violin, viola and string chamber music at the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) at The British School in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Estela is playing on a viola copy of Stradivarius made on 2000 by Claude Lebet, Rome and has a bow from 20th century by Luis Morizot, Mirecourt on loan from the collection of Het Nationaal Muziek Instrumenten Fonds.
Herre-Jan Stegenga, born in Holland, was awarded First Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at age 17, after having studied with Paul Tortelier and with Joseph Calvet for chamber music. He began touring early on in his career as a soloist in France, Switzerland, England (where he records regularly for the BBC), the United States, South America and the Far-East. He currently teaches at the Rotterdam Conservatory and is first chair cellist for the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the string Ludwig Trio with Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Vladimir Mendelssohn. He has recorded for the CBS, Phillips, and Arion labels.
(New York, 1980) studied the modern and baroque cello at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), Longy School of Music (Boston), Ithaca College School of Music, Cornell University and at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, studying principally with Steven Doane, Elizabeth Simkin, Phoebe Carrai and Jaap ter Linden.
She has taken masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Wieland Kuijken, Vittorio Ghielmi, and Anner Bijlsma, has worked closely with leading early music scholars such as Neal Zaslaw and Malcolm Bilson, has received coaching from Lucy van Dael, Vera Beths, Jeanne Lamon, Enrico Gatti, Christina Mahler, Marc Destrubé, and Rainer Zipperling, and has attended major summer music courses including Bowdoin, Aspen and Vancouver. For her studies in the Netherlands she was awarded the prestigious Huygens Scholarship from the Dutch government and was a Shouse Foundation Fellow at the Eastman School of Music.
Caroline is an active recitalist appearing at the world’s leading concert venues and most prestigious festivals. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Edinburgh Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, Thüringen Bachwochen, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Música Antigua de Barcelona, and has had the pleasure of working with such esteemed musicians as William Christie, Andrew Lawrence King, Nicholas McGeegan and Lawrence Cummings. In addition, she is a regular member of the New Dutch Academy (Simon Murphy) and Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel).
As well as performing seminal solo cello works, such as the Bach Suites and the Haydn Concertos, Caroline also greatly enjoys presenting lesser known repertoire to her audiences. Performing on all of the various forms of the 18th century cello (large, mid-size and piccolo) she utilises authentic historical techniques as the basis for her playing approach, including both overhand and underhand bowing.
Caroline Kang’s playing has been regarded as “sincere and nuanced” (The Washington Post) and “particularly distinguished” (De Volkskrant). Her recent solo, world-premiere recording of music by the 18th century The Hague composer Francesco Zappa for Cello and Orchestra with conductor Simon Murphy and The New Dutch Academy has been extremely enthusiastically received by the international music press. “Cellist Caroline Kang brings out the warmth of the solo lines” (Early Music America).
Alongside her international performing career, Caroline is also a committed music educator and has given workshops and masterclasses on various topics including 18th century cello repertoire, technique and performance practices at leading institutions throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, such as The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Princeton University, ISI Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and throughout China, including The Academy of Arts in Hong Kong and the Beijing Central Conservatory.
DannyJazz Guitar Teacher and Senior Jazz Ensemble Coach
a graduate of New York University and the Royal conservatoire in the Hague where he achieved a masters With Honours, Danny has a vast experience both as a jazz musician and a teacher. Danny currently organises Jazz for the Dr Anthon PhillipSzaAl in The hague and performs regularly with leading jazz artists in the netherlands and the World and his own band Equinox. Danny teaches Jazz Guitar and Jazz Ensembles at the Centre For Young musicians.
KonstantinSaxophone Teacher and Jazz EnsembleCoach
NoahDouble Bass and Bass Guitar Teacher, Jazz Ensemble and Singer- Song-Writer Coach
Born in Barnet (London) in 1972, Noah is a Dutch/English double bass player who specializes mainly in jazz music. He has studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Koos Serierse and Hans Krul (classical) and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with, Hein v.d. Geyn, Frans v.d. Hoeven and Roelof Meijer (classical), where he obtained his masters degree in 2000.
Since then Noah has been a much in demand free lance player performing across the globe. He has toured with Oscar Peterson drummer Alvin Queen and with legendary baritone saxophone player Ronnie Cuber and played at such festivals as the North Sea Jazz Festival. He has performed live on Radio with notable artists as George Duke, Danilo Perez and Dave Weckl. As a member of the band Switchback he has won several awards including ‘Dordtse Jazzprijs’ and ‘International Jazz Concours Breda’. Live he has shared the stage with Frans Elsen, Rein de Graaf, Rob van Kreefeld, Peter Beets, Juraj Stanik, Rembrandt Frerichs, Rob van Bavel, Jasper Soffers, Rob Agerbeek, John Engels, Eric Ineke, Martijn Vink, Joost van Schaik, Toon Roos, Ben v.d. Dungen, Dim Kesber,Simon Rigter, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Ben Herman,Piet Noordijk, Marco Kegel, Dave Schnitter, Phillip Harper, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ack van Rooijen, Rachel Gould, Denise Janah, Ken Ard and Wim Koopmans, to name but a very select few.
Since 2010 Noah has been combining his performances with teaching at the Centre for Young Musicians where he teaches double bass and bass guitar. Noah also coaches jazz ensembles and has a singer/songwriter class.
Stuart was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1973. He studied composition at Trinity College, Dublin, with Hormoz Farhat and Kevin O’Connell. Following this, he won a scholarship for further composition studies at the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, which was succeeded by postgraduate studies in composition with Donnacha Dennehy in the Music and Media Technologies department at Trinity College, Dublin. Performances of his work during this period include works for string quartet and electronics, piano and electronics, and tape and video pieces. During this time, he also studied organ with Peter Sweeney and was the Organ Scholar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, and the Organ Scholar and Director of Music of the Chapel Choir at Trinity College, Dublin, which involved several performances for R.T.É. and B.B.C. radio. In 2000, he came to the Netherlands to study Sonology at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, with Dr. Konrad Boehmer, Richard Barrett, Paul Berg and Kees Tazelaar, which was in part funded by the Art’s Council of Ireland. After this, he embarked on a doctoral study on Theodore W. Adorno’s philosophy of music at Leiden University with Dr. Konrad Boehmer and Prof.dr. Jos de Mul at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Sophie Duijn studied music at Goldsmiths College, London graduating with honours. She received two international scholarships enabling her to study violin in Prague. She developed a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe working with conductors including Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Colin Davis.
She has a particular interest in string teaching and has taught extensively at international schools in London, Brussels, The Netherlands, Bucharest and Dublin. She returns to teach at the BSN after three years in Ireland where she worked in schools implementing the first comprehensive string teaching projects and adjudicating chamber music festivals.
Ruth is the CYM administrator and is usually the first to greet you each week at the reception. Ruth ensures your child signs in and out safely and due to her studies is also able to discuss music around the desk with your children which happens quite frequently. Ruth is currently studying at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague, NL with Gerda van Zelm and Maria Acda having graduated from Trinity College of Music (TCM) in 2010. While at TCM she studied Historical Performance with Timothy Travers-Brown and Philip Thorby, she also plays the medieval Harp and performs regularly with Joglaresa a medieval/folk/world ensemble and her own ensemble Fin’Amours. Ruth has performed at the English Music Festival; Greenwich; Brighton and York Early Music Festivals; in Germany for the Schwetzinger Festival and SWR Radio; BBC Radio 3; Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Southbank Centre and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Ruth has also recorded 2 CD’s with Joglaresa and in 2011 she attended a reception in Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for Outstanding Young People in the Performing Arts.
Irma studied at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, with Bart Schneemann, where she obtained her bachelor and master degree in performance. She also studied with Omar Zoboli in Basel, at the Music Academy.
After finishing her studies she became a solo oboe player with Holland Symfonia. Irma is also a member of the prestigious Netherlands Wind Ensemble and The Martin Fondse Orchestra. Irma performs frequently with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on English Horn and is a free-lancer in several Dutch Orchestras and Ensembles.
Irma is a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and at the Centre For Young Musicians in The Hague where she enjoys inspiring students both as a solo performer and ensemble teacher.
Andrew completed his Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 2008. He has since performed throughout the UK as a soloist and as a chamber musician, as well as teaching the guitar to students of all ages. Andrew came to the Netherlands in 2011 to study with Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and recently completed his Master’s degree.
Guitarist Elliot (New Mexico, USA, 1987) has given world premieres of works by such iconic and diverse composers as Sofia Gubaidulina, Alvin Lucier, and Michael Finnissy. He has been a guest of organizations including the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, the San Francisco Symphony, the New European Ensemble, the György Ligeti Academy, and Ensemble Modelo62, as well as festivals and concert series throughout the United States and Europe. Elliot studied with David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. His Master’s degree in The Hague was awarded “with distinction for his extraordinary contribution to new music.”
SimonTrombone and Trumpet Teacher
An honours graduate from Leeds college of Music, Simon has toured the UK and USA as a professional Jazz Trombone performer, working with prestigious bands and artists such as Laurel Aitkin and The Rhythmites. Simon worked for several years for ‘Artforms’, Leeds City Education Department and for leading schools in the UK such as The Frobelian school. Since moving to the Netherlands Simon has taught at Muziekschool de Muzen in Veenendaal and at the Centre For Young Musicians in The Hague. Simon is able to play and teach all brass instruments and specialises in trombone and Jazz improvisation.