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 she is currently studying for her Master’s with Arno Piters in Amsterdam. She participated in numerous masterclasses led by Walter Boeykens, Martin Fröst, Jörg Widmann and Charles Neidich. She also received chamber music lessons from, among others, 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.
From 2014 – 2016 she played in jongNBE (young Netherlands Wind Ensemble).
Annemiek has a growing freelance carriere with orchestras and ensembles around the
Netherlands, including the NBE (Netherlands Wind Ensemble), Philharmonie Zuidnederland, the Marine Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Airforce.
During the season 2018-2019 Annemiek will be a member of the Academy of the
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Annemiek will continue to perform with pianist Jan Gruithuyzen and in a variety of ensembles.
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.
Annemiek de Bruin – clarinet
Irene Kok – cello
Laurens de Man – piano
Annemiek, Irene and Laurens met while studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
As a trio, the musicians present themselves through highly varied programmes, in variable combinations. Annemiek, Irene and Laurens are frequent and experienced performers and 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. The ensemble has been coached by David Kuijken, Ralph Manno, Arno Piters and Marc Vossen (among others). Recordings of their performances were broadcast on Dutch radio and TV several times.