The classical department 

is very international in its composition and a close-knit community

We work towards one common goal: to let our students blossom, in an amicable atmosphere, into excellent musicians whose energy and creativity offer a valuable contribution to the international world of music and to society. Maastricht, where we are based, lies in the heart of Europe - the cradle of classical music.

Every year, enthusiastic and talented students apply to the Classical Music department of Conservatorium Maastricht. Making music is one of the most wonderful and fulfilling activities available to us. Music as a profession is a tough option: it takes more than talent or the gift of playing an instrument. It also requires skills such as curiosity, an active inquiring attitude and an artistic and social personality.

We focus on excelling together – this makes studying at Conservatorium Maastricht the right choice for many young, ambitious musicians. What will you choose?

Classical lecturers

Top Notch Education by the best

Teodora Drozdik-Popovic

Research coach

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Robert Weirauch

Piano accompaniment

Robert Weirauch (born 1974) studied piano and composition at Conservatorium M

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Benny Wiame

Classical Trumpet

Benny Wiame (born 1962) teaches Trumpet at Conservatorium Maastricht.

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Hans Leenders

Classical organ / Choral Conducting

Hans Leenders is artistic director of the professional chamber choir Studium

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Willy Bessems

Classical Horn / Methodology Horn

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Bart Claessens

Classical trombone / Methodology

Bart Claessens (born 1982) started playing the trombone at the age of eleven

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Gabriel Schwabe

Classical Cello

Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of three of the most prestigious cello competit

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Paolo Borsarelli

Classical Double Bass

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Míriam Pascual Benavent

Coordinator European Opera Academy / Your Art as a Business (Coordinator) / Research Coach

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Eva van Grinsven

Classical Saxophone

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Anouk Habets

Movement

Anouk is responsible for movement lessons at the classical department Conserv

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Kyoko Yonemoto

Classical Violin

Kyoko Yonemoto (born 1984) is widely considered to be one of the most promisi

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Nynke van den Bergh

Acting technique

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Valerie Debaele

Flute performance

Valerie is since 2006 principal flutist at the ‘Orchestre Philharmonique Roya

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Marc Schaeferdiek

Classical Oboe / Chamber Music

Marc Schaeferdiek (born 1967) studied Oboe with, among others, Prof. P. W.

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Bram de Vree

Coordinator Chamber Music, Master Research Coach

Concert pianist Bram de Vree regularly plays recitals in the Low Countries as

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Erwin Deleux

Pianist / School Participation Council

Pianist Erwin Deleux (born 1973) studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwer

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Abigail Richards

Piano Accompaniment Classical Singing Department

British pianist Abigail Richards (1979) is a specialist in vocal repertoire,

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Katinka Poismans

Research Coach

Kathinka Poismans works as a lecturer and research coach for master and bache

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Petra Meloni

Teacher Italian / German

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Ivan Meylemans

Wind Band Conducting

Belgian conductor Ivan Meylemans, is one of the most exciting and dynamic con

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Carlo Marchione

Classical guitar

Carlo Marchione (born 1964) teaches Classical Guitar at Conservatorium Maastr

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Anastasia Safonova

Pianist / Chamber Music / School Participation Council

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Roeland Hendrikx

Classical Clarinet

Roeland Hendrikx is one of the leading Belgian clarinet players of the presen

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Marc Tooten

Classical Viola / Chamber Music

Marc Tooten (born 1957) teaches Viola in the Classical Music department at Co

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Vykintas Baltakas

Classical Composition

Vykintas Baltakas (1972) is a musical Scheherazade.

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Will Sanders

Classical Horn

Will Sanders was born in the Netherlands.

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Frans Kokkelmans

Guest teacher Classical Solo Singing

The lyric baritone Frans Kokkelmans teaches Solo Singing and Chamber Music in

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David Lodewyckx

Classical Music Theory

David Lodewyckx (1978) is a lecturer of Music Theory and Music History at Con

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Peter Rijkx

Classical flute / Piccolo

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Hans Nickel

Classical tuba / Methodology Tuba

The internationally acclaimed performer, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator

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Robert Szreder

Classical violin (Junior Classical Department)

Violinist and pedagogue Robert Szreder teaches Violin at Conservatorium Maast

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Michaël Kugel

Classical viola

Michaël Kugel (1946) studied violin at the Beethoven School of Music and at t

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Anastasia Goldberg

Piano accompaniment

Pianist Anastasia Goldberg received her first piano lessons at the age of 5 f

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Anneleen Lenaerts

Classical Harp

Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is making a name for herself as one of the

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Ludo Claesen

Classical Choir Conducting

Composer and conductor Ludo Claesen (born 1956) teaches Choral Conducting and

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Roman Krejci

Classical guitar

Roman Krejci (born 1974) began dedicating his life to music and the guitar at

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Jean Pierre Cnoops

Classical Saxophone

Saxophonist and conductor Jean-Pierre Cnoops (born 1969) has been a Saxophone

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Igor Roma

Classical Piano

Italian pianist Igor Roma began his studies at the Conservatoire of music in

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Roger Smeets

Classical regie / Drama coaching opera

Dutch baritone Roger Smeets (born 1960) studied at Conservatorium Maastricht,

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Katia Veekmans

Classical Piano

An outstanding soloist as well as a fine chamber musician, Katia Veekmans-Cie

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Joop Celis

Classical Piano

Joop Celis (born 1958) teaches Piano and Chamber Music in the Classical Music

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Inge Pasmans

Music Theory (Classical) / Lecturer Music Theory / Research Coach (Music in Education)

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Claudia Alsdorf

Projectmanager Classical

After training as an organ builder, Claudia Alsdorf studied at Conservatorium

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Ioulia Dinerchtein Matioukova

Classical viola

Julia Dinerstein was born in Minsk, where she began her music studies.

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Piotr Jasiurkowski

Classical Violin

Piotr Jasiurkowski (born 1987) is a Concert Violinist and Classical Violin te

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Marcel Verheggen

Classical Organ

Marcel Verheggen (born 1961) has taught Organ at Conservatorium Maastricht si

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Heleen van Rosmalen

Classical Methodology Flute

Heleen van Rosmalen (born 1963) teaches Flute Methodology at Conservatorium M

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Arjan Tien

Symphony Orchestra Conducting

Arjan Tien, winner of the first prize “Rotary-Faller” at the competition of t

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Alexander Chaushian

Classical Cello

Internationally acclaimed Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs regul

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Jan Cober

Windband and brassband conducting

Jan Cober (born 1951) is a lecturer in Clarinet and Wind/Brass Band Conductin

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Mette Laugs

Head of programme classical 1

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Axel Everaert

Classical solo singing / Opera

The musical education of Axel Steven Everaert began at the National Opera Hou

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Gustav Rivinius

Classical Cello

Gustav Rivinius (born 1965) is the first and only German musician to be award

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Susanne Schimmack

Classical Singing / Opera

When German soprano Susanne Schimmack performed in the 1997 Cardiff Singer of

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Alejandro Serena Llinares

Young Talent Class / Piano methodology / Applied piano

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Raymond Curfs

Classical percussion

Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Curfs studied Percussion and Timpani in Maas

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Jeroen Riemsdijk

Classical Piano and piano accompaniment

Jeroen Riemsdijk (born 1962) is a concert pianist, chamber musician, teacher,

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Boris Belkin

Classical Violin

Boris Belkin began studying the violin at the age of six and made his first p

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Luke Mitchell

Project Leader Jazz, Opera, Classical Backstage & Booking Agency Classical

The direct connection between the students and the general public, Luke runs

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Igo Lange

Applied piano

Igo Lange (born 1956) is a lecturer in Piano and a rehearsal pianist at Conse

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Albrecht Holder

Classical Bassoon

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Rik Bastiaens

Head of Programme Classical 2 / Research Coordinator / Teacher Junior Advanced Musical Skills

Rik Bastiaens (born 1975) studied Organ with Dorthy de Rooij and Theory of Mu

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Classical news

Jhon Kevin Lopez Morales won the third prize during Concorso Internazionale Citta di Porcia

15 December 2021

Asia Zakhareva and Sachit Ajmani involved in new exhibition Van Abbemuseum

2 December 2021

Candidate selected for piano solo of the Beethoven Piano Concerto

2 December 2021

Dúo Marévia & Tamaduo won the internal round of the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

21 October 2021

Congratulations: Vincent Kusters

6 July 2021

On 11 June it was announced that baritone alumni Vincent Kusters is one of the prize winners of the Internationaler Robert Schumann Wettbewerb in Zwickau. The competition has a long tradition of music competitions in which musicians can participate in two categories: voice and piano. 
 

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