Annemiek de Bruin – clarinet
Irene Kok – cello
Laurens de Man – piano
The Chimaera Trio, founded 2012, acts as an ambassador for the interesting and unusual combination of a wind-, a string- and a keyboard instrument. Merging the sound of these totally different instruments generates a special color palette, with which this trio distinguishes itself.
By studying and playing famous clarinet trio’s (for example Brahms, Beethoven) and unknown original works as well as arranging music by themselves, this trio creates more opportunities for performing a variety of pieces than is typical for this type of musical ensemble.
Soon after the establishment the musicians took the stage at the Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Utrecht and the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. The trio won prizes at the Storioni Ensemblewedstrijd and the Tristan Keuris Kamermuziekconcours. Since then the Chimaera trio performed in concert halls as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and lots of smaller locations.
In 2019 the trio was part of “AVROTROS Klassiek presenteert!”, which comprised a cd presentation and several media performances.
Recordings of their performances were broadcast on Dutch radio and TV several times.
Annemiek de Bruin (Goes, 1993) received clarinet lessons from Herman Braune and Harmen de Boer. In 2016 she finished her Bachelor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne with Ralph Manno and in 2018 she completed her Master’s in Amsterdam (with distinction) having studied with Arno Piters.
She participated in numerous masterclasses led by Walter Boeykens, Martin Fröst, Jörg Widmann and Charles Neidich and received chamber music lessons from, among others, Janine Jansen, David Kuijken, Håkon Austbø en Arnau Tomas (Casals Quartet).
Annemiek has won prizes at the Prinses Christina Concours and in 2013 was chosen “Classic Young Master” by the CYM Foundation. In March 2015 she was selected to represent Holland during the finals of the Euroconcours Clarinet.
Annemiek performed various concerts as a soloist accompanied by the Brabants Orkest (2011), the Zeeuws Orkest (2012) and TY Kamerorkest (2014) and was invited by the Dutch Consulates of San Francisco, Calgary and Vancouver as well as The Netherland America Foundation to tour the United States and Canada in April 2012. In 2019 she performed Webers Clarinet Quintet with Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
From 2014 – 2016 she was a member of jongNBE (young Netherlands Wind Ensemble) and during the season 2018/2019 she participated in the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the summer of 2019 Annemiek took part in the Mahler Academy in Bolzano.
Annemiek has a growing freelance career with orchestras and ensembles around the Netherlands, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and the NBE (Netherlands Wind Ensemble). She worked with conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, John Eliot Gardiner, Valeri Gergjev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding etc..
Irene Kok (Zwolle, 1991) received her first cello lessons at the age of 10 and soon after was enrolled into the class of young talented musicians of the ArtEZ Conservatory with Jeroen Reuling. Since 2010 she has been stuyding at the Conservatory in Amsterdam with Jeroen den Herder and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. From 2016 on she is doing a Post-Graduate study at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with professor Latzko with a scholarschip from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Müllerfonds.
She has won numerous competitions, including first price at the Prinses Christina Concours and the Euro Competition for cello. She is Laureat at Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition and York Early Music Competition.
Irene Kok played as principal cello in the Dutch National Youth Orchestra for several years and was selected to play in the Master Academy of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 and Zermatt Festival Academy in 2017/18. She is member of the Chimaera Trio, Zenith Celloduo and Amsterdam Corelli Collective which was selected to take part in the Ambronay Cultural Encounter Centre’s Emerging Project for 2015.
Irene is known for her outstanding musical performances and sensitive playing.
She has a special interest in early performing practice next to the regular repertoire.
As a passionate chamber musician Irene performed in all major halls in the Netherlands such as ‘the Concertgebouw’ in Amsterdam and abroad in ‘the Megaron’ in Athens and the Philharmony in Minsk.
Irene Kok regularly appears on Dutch Radio and Television and recorded abroad on British national radio channel BBC Radio 3 and in Israel on ‘Kol HaMusica’
Irene plays on a Capicchioni cello which is kindly lent to her by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
Laurens de Man (’s-Hertogenbosch, 1993) started playing the piano at the age of seven. From 2008-2010 he studied at Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg with Joop Albracht.
He received organ lessons from Willem Hörmann between 2006 and 2010. Since 2010 he has been studying piano with David Kuyken and organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2014, he obtained his Bachelor diplomas for both instruments cum laude. In June 2016, he obtained his Organ Master diploma cum laude.
He has participated in numerous masterclass led by Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dmitri Bashkirov, Willem Brons, Abdel Rahman el Bacha and Rudolf Jansen; organ classes with Olivier Latry and Lorenzo Ghielmi (Jong Talent Klas Orgelacademie Haarlem 2010).
Laurens regularly plays organ and piano recitals as well as chamber music concerts. J.S. Bach’s compositions play a special role in his activities; Bach’s works often appear on his concert programs (Goldberg Variations in 2014); besides that he played Bach’s music in collaboration with dancers and a VJ.
In 2009, he won first prize during the National Finals of the Prinses Christina Concours in the Hague.Together with other winners of this competition he was invited to tour the United States, Canada and Costa Rica in 2012.
In 2016, he won a fourth prize (first and third prize not awarded) at the International Piano Competition “J.S. Bach” in Würzburg.Since 2012 Laurens has been principal organist of the Janskerk in Utrecht, playing a Bätz-Witte organ (1861). In 2014, he was an organ scholar of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.