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

Alejandro Serena Llinares

Young Talent Class / Piano methodology / Applied piano

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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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Leon Bosch

Classical Clarinet

Leon Bosch (born 1959) has been teaching Clarinet at Conservatorium Maastrich

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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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Vykintas Baltakas

Classical Composition

Vykintas Baltakas (1972) is a musical Scheherazade.

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Masumi Nagasawa

Classical Harp

Masumi Nagasawa is an experienced and accomplished internationally known harp

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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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Eva van Grinsven

Classical Saxophone

Eva has been teaching classical saxophone at the Maastricht Conservatory sinc

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Paolo Borsarelli

Classical Double Bass

Paolo Borsarelli (born 1964) graduated with top marks at the Conservatorio St

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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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Boris Belkin

Classical Violin

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

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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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Robert Weirauch

Piano accompaniment

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

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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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Frans Kokkelmans

Classical Solo Singing

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

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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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Bart Claessens

Classical trombone / Methodology

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

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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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Albrecht Holder

Classical Bassoon

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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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Hans Nickel

Classical tuba / Methodology Tuba

The internationally acclaimed performer, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator

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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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Heleen van Rosmalen

Classical Methodology Flute

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

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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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Inge Pasmans

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

As well as being a main subject lecturer in Music Theory at Conservatorium Ma

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Claudia Alsdorf

Projectmanager Classical

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

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Ludo Claesen

Classical Choir Conducting

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

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Raymond Curfs

Classical percussion

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

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Alexander Chaushian

Classical Cello

Internationally acclaimed Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs regul

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Petra Meloni

Teacher Italian / German

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Philippe Benoit

Classical flute

Philippe Benoit (born 1961) teaches Flute at Conservatorium Maastricht.

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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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Will Sanders

Classical Horn

Will Sanders was born in the Netherlands.

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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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Gustav Rivinius

Classical Cello

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

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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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Katinka Poismans

Research Coach

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

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Theo Wolters

Classical Trumpet / Methodology Trumpet

At a young age, Theo Wolters (born 1955) started playing the trumpet with the

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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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Anouk Habets

Movement

Anouk is responsible for movement lessons at the classical department Conserv

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Valerie Debaele

Flute performance

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

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Piotr Jasiurkowski

Classical Violin

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

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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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Robert Szreder

Classical violin (Junior Classical Department)

Violinist and pedagogue Robert Szreder teaches Violin at Conservatorium Maast

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Marcel Verheggen

Classical Organ

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

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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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Benny Wiame

Classical Trumpet

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

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Peter Rijkx

Classical flute / Piccolo

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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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Roger Smeets

Classical regie / Drama coaching opera

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

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Ralph van Daal

Classical oboe

Ralph van Daal (born 1984) began playing the oboe at the age of nine.

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Eva van Ooij

Lecturer Your Art as a Business

Eva Catharina van Ooij is passionate about discovering new ways and building

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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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Anastasia Goldberg

Piano accompaniment

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

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Willy Bessems

Classical Horn / Methodology Horn

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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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Mette Laugs

Head of programme classical 1

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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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Michaël Kugel

Classical viola

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

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Míriam Pascual Benavent

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

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Carlo Marchione

Classical guitar

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

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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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Jeroen Riemsdijk

Classical Piano and piano accompaniment

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

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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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Susanne Schimmack

Classical Singing / Opera

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

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Classical news

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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Congratulations: Julia Cruz Carceller!

6 July 2021

Great news!
Our student Julia Cruz Carceller has been awarded with the 2nd prize at the Blue Danube/Bela Bartók Opera Conducting Competition!

We congratulate Peter Rijkx with his work anniversary at Conservatorium Maastricht!

22 April 2021

We congratulate Peter Rijkx with his work anniversary at Conservatorium Maastricht We would like to thank him for all the years he has taught our students and we hope there are many years to come.

Carlino Trio at Radio 4

20 April 2021

Great news! The Trio Carlino with Klara Gronet, violin, Eline Hensels, cello and Daniël Vissers, piano played  the second of Three nocturnes for piano trio by Ernest Bloch.​​​​​​ at Radio 4.
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Theodore Kim won the 1st prize of the XX International Youth Performance Art Competition "AKORDY KHORTYTSI" 2021

20 April 2021

Theodore Kim won the 1st prize of the XX International Youth Performance Art Competition "AKORDY KHORTYTSI" 2021 in Ukraine. Congratulations!

Marc Schafer - Grundlagen der Oboentechnik

21 February 2021

Marc Schaeferdiek, our lecture Classical Oboe, wrote a new book! The book "Basic Technique for Oboe Vol. 2" is aimed at students, professionals and also advanced students.

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Limburg Film Festival - Rik Bastiaens in short movie

7 January 2021

Rik Bastiaens (Team leader classical department) has had permanent visual impairment since his birth. How does Rik find his happiness in life despite this influential condition? Mace Winter (student Viscom at Hogeschool Zuyd) has made a short movie about this and has been nominated for best student film at the Limburg Film Festival.

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