Matthijs Koene (1977) concluded his studies Cum Laude in 2001 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. During his studies, Matthijs developed a new technique that allowed him to amalgamate the very different tones, articulations and dynamics specifically used in classical and modern music. His vision and playing style are at the highest technical level. This combined with his musical expressiveness pushes the pan flute’s boundaries. Up to now, more than 100 works have been written for him. Besides Verso Matthijs plays in two different ensembles: Black Pencil. The ensembles gives concerts world wide on presigious festivals and concert halls worldwide. The ensemble consists of recorders, panpipes, Viola, accordeon and Percussion. In the Ensemble Zerafin the Chinese erhu, Syrian qanun, Armenian duduk and the pan flute melt together with viola da gamba, double bass, percussion and voice. As a soloist Matthijs played new and existing concertos with I Barocchisti , the Riga Sinfonietta and the Holland Baroque Society. In 2017 and 2018 will premier pieces by Calliope Tsoupaki and Klaas de Vries with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2005, Matthijs Koene is a Panflute professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Luc den Bakker
Juho Myllylä is a recorder player, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and works as a freelancer with the world-renowned renaissance recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music since 2016. He is founding member of Ugly Pug, an ensemble devoted to the performance of new music on “early” instruments - blockflutes, viola da gamba and harpsichord - as well as Contactus, a musical collective showcasing a devotion for earlier repertoire – medieval and early renaissance music. With the Finnish Ensemble Gamut! Juho is in constant search for new ways to perform early music through the fusion of medieval and renaissance music, folk music, improvisation and electronics.
Juho strives for open-minded musicianship across styles and versatility regardless of imposed genre classifications. He is especially interested in the recorders’ countless possibilities in contemporary and new music and working with composers, with a steadily growing number of compositions written for and premiered by him. Jazz, fusion, rock, prog, experimental, electro-acoustic and live electronic music are an integral part of his musical landscape. Besides recorder playing he is active as a rock musician and is the guitarist-singer-songwriter for the progressive alternative rock band Burntfield.
Piet Hein van de Poel
Annelie and Piet Hein? Above all thanks to their great common musical interest! In human terms because we came to so many fruitful discussions. So for good reason there is a Annelie de Man Foundation, which I will join with great pleasure! Signed: Piet Hein.