Òscar will be part of the teaching faculty alongside Jean-Bernard Pommier, Marcel Baudet, David Dolan, Maria Milstein, Jérôme Pernoo and Johannes Meissl. The new chamber music course, offers outstanding young pianists and string players an inspiring journey to expand their classical music education.

The Akoesticum Talent Programme takes place from Sunday 23 October – Saturday 29 October 2016. At the start of this 6 day course, participants will form new ensembles – piano trios, quartets and quintets – with which they play their prepared repertoire.

The intensive programme – designed as a musical bootcamp – includes instrumental and chamber music lessons, as well as lessons in analysis, classical ‘improvisation’ with the actual material, lectures on the historical background and rehearsal technique.

Through the programme there will be three workshops on physical and psychological aspects connected to performance. In the evenings there are concerts, performance classes and try-outs, both given by the faculty members as the participants. These concerts are open to the public.

For more information and application, click HERE.

Akoesticum is a performing arts training center and thriving cultural hub in a beautifully converted military academy, located in the countryside in Ede, The Netherlands. Akoesticum is open since January 2015. During its first year, Akoesticum welcomed over 15,000 musicians, artists and performers.

Members of the faculty

·Jean Bernard Pommier – piano

Jean-Bernard Pommier

The French pianist, Jean-Bernard Pommier, began playing the piano at the age of four and gave his first public concert at the age of seven. He studied piano with Yves Nat and Pierre Sancan and conducting with Eugene Bigot at the Paris Conservatoire. Later, he also worked with Eugene Istomin in New York. In 1960, he received the first prize in the Young Musicians International Competition in Berlin and the following year he was awarded the “Prix de la Guilde des Artistes Solistes Francais”.

In 1962, aged 17, Beziers in the south of France was the finalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he was awarded First Honorable Mention. Since then he worked with eminent conductors as Herbert von Karajan, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Kurt Sanderling, Leonard Slatkin en Edo de Waart. With Daniel Barenboim he performed the complete series of Beethoven concertos with the Orchestre de Paris. Pommier performed at all major centers such as London, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Amsterdam, Paris, Moscow, Chicago and Israel.

His chamber music partners have included Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Leonard Rose, Alexander Schneider, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Paul Tortelier, Maurice Bourgue and the Guarneri and Vermeer Quartets. He has given masterclasses in Chicago, London, Lausanne and Melbourne. Jean-Bernard Pommier is also enjoying an increasingly active career as a conductor working with major orchestras in Europe and America.

·Marcel Baudet – piano / artistic director

Marcel BaudetMarcel Baudet is professor of piano at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d’Abernon (United Kingdom). He studied piano, music theory and conducting at the Groningen Conservatory and, simultaneously, history at the Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen. His piano teachers were Johan van der Meer, Jan Kruijt and George van Renesse. As a teacher he has been mainly influenced by Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner and György Sebök.

During the seventies and early eighties he regularly performed both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. Apart from classical piano, he always had a special interest in jazz. He performed numerous times in Holland and abroad with his own jazz quintet, for which he composed and arranged the majority of its repertoire.

Marcel Baudet was on the board of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) and the Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland (SJMN) (Foundation for Young Music Talents). He wrote many articles for the Piano Bulletin. He is regularly invited to give international masterclasses and workshops and as a jury member in national and international piano competitions. (As a result of working with young piano talents for many years, Marcel Baudet established the Young Pianist Foundation (YPF) in 1999 and has been its artistic director ever since.

·David Dolan – classical improvisation applied to performance 

David DolanDavid Dolan has devoted a part of his career as a concert pianist, researcher and teacher to the revival of the art of classical improvisation and its various applications in

Performance. In his worldwide solo and chamber music performances, he incorporates extemporisation within the concert repertoire performance by means of preludes, fantasies, repeats, as well as eingangs and cadenzas in concerti, along the lines of the classical tradition, in which risk-taking and creating in real-time while performing was a part of the norm.

Yehudi Menuhin’s response to his solo CD, “When Interpretation and Improvisation Get Together” (OSF 49018), which includes works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Schubert with improvised repeats & cadenzas, was: “David Dolan is giving new life to classical music.”

David is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (and head of the Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation) as well as the Yehudi Menuhin School.  His master classes and concert activity includes Music institutions and festivals such as the Verbier festival, the Juilliard School, Paris and Geneva conservatoires, the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Music Academies, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Australian National Academy of Music and many others. David is an associate fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

·Oscar Colomina Bosch – theory/analysis/aural

Oscar Colomina Professor of orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music and teacher at The Yehudi Menuhin School, Òscar has guest lectured at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague – School for Young Talent and is a sought-after composer and conductor. He was a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (performing with Carlo Maria Giulini and Gianandrea Noseda) before pursuing studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Singer and Simon Bainbridge (composition) and Alan Hazeldine (conducting).

Commissions and performances include Aldeburgh Festival, Philharmonia Orchestra, Menuhin Competition, Orchestra of the Swan and Schubert Ensemble in venues across the UK, USA, Spain, France, Denmark and Italy (with Wigmore Hall, London SouthBank, Yale and New York Universities and Palau de la Música de Valencia among them). His compositions have been broadcasted in Spain, Mexico, Denmark, Portugal and the USA.

He has orchestrated works for Heinrich Schiff and the Kremerata Baltica (Gewandhaus, 2009) and has enjoyed residencies at London’s Barbican Pit Theatre, Joven Orquesta Internacional Ciudad de Oviedo and Cove Park (Scotland). In 2014 he was a jury member for the Valencia International Wind Band Competition.

As a conductor, he was Principal Conductor of the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (2011-2014), collaborating with Camerata XXI (Pau Casals International Festival), CreArt Ensemble, Orpheus Sinfonia and Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León.

·Maria Milstein – violin

Maria Milstein

Born in Moscow, Maria Milstein grew up in a family with a rich musical tradition. She studied in Amsterdam with Ilya Grubert and in London with David Takeno, before joining the class of Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, obtaining her Artist Diploma in 2014.

Maria is a prizewinner of major international competitions, such as “Città di Brescia” and “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer” in Italy, and the Kersjes Prize in The Netherlands. In February 2016 Maria is awarded a fellowship by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

In 2004, Maria was one of the founders of the Van Baerle Trio, one of the leading trios of its generation. After winning the ARD Competition and the Lyon Chamber Music Competition, the Trio made the ECHO Rising Stars Tour in 2014, performing all over Europe. The Trio released two CD’s, both praised in the international press.

Maria performs as a soloist with a.o. the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Brussels Philharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. She works with conductors such as Michel Tabachnik, Christopher Warren-Green and Reinbert de Leeuw. In 2017, Maria makes her debut with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands and Vasily Petrenko.

Maria’s debut CD “Sounds of War”, recorded with pianist Hanna Shybayeva featuring Sonatas by Poulenc, Janáček and Prokofiev, received lavish reviews in the international press and won the Edison Klassiek 2015.

Since 2014 Maria holds a teaching position at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

·Jérôme Pernoo – cello 

Jerome PernooBorn in Nantes, Jérôme Pernoo studied with Germaine Fleury, Xavier Gagnepain and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. In 1994, he was prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow as well as at the Rostropovitch Competition in Paris and, in 1996, he won the Pretoria Competition.

Jérôme Pernoo has performed with most of the major french symphony orchestras as well as with the Deutsches-Symfonie Orchester Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The season 2016/17 was highlighted by his premiere in Paris Auditorium de Radio-France with Orchestre National de France and Stéphane Denève, concerts with Orchestra of the 18th Century and Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Alain Altinoglu.

He appears in recital with the pianist Jérôme Ducros on some of the world’s most renowned stages: the Wigmore Hall in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. His others partners in chamber music are Alina Ibragimova, Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit among others.

Jérôme Pernoo is founder and artistic director of the music festival Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn in La Roche Posay, which first edition took place in September 2005. In 2015, he created The Centre de musique de chambre de Paris (Salle Cortot).

·Johannes Meissl – violin

Johannes Meissl

Studies at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with W. Schneiderhan, G. Hetzel and H. Beyerle and with the LaSalle Quartet in the USA. Since 1982 member of the Artis Quartet, with which he has made regular appearances in the most renowned concert halls and at the most important festivals. Numerous prizes (Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, Echo Classic etc.) for over 40 recordings.

Since 1988 successful concert series at the Musikverein in Vienna. Meissl appears in concerts as a soloist and as part of a wide variety of chamber music projects. He is a professor at the mdw, head of the Department of Chamber Music, artistic director of isa, and—together with Hatto Beyerle—artistic director of ECMA. Many of his students have won important international competitions and are making their career. He has also successfully devoted himself to conducting, and he now appears regularly with various orchestras in Europe and Japan.