It is with great sadness to report that the widow of Rudi Martinus van Dijk as well as the Founder and President of the Rudi Martinus Van Dijk Foundation passed away on February 3, 2024.
We are pleased to announce the boards decision to fund the commission of a new 10 minute orchestral work by the young Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar
It is with great sadness and regret to announce the passing of former board member Augusta van de Leuv.
Thanks to American violist Jennifer Stumm/ Director of the Ilumina Festival founded in São Paulo in 2015 which began as a small musical “talent development” project on a farm that has now grown in six years to include hundreds of young musicians from South America, we came to learn of the young and talented Brazilian violinist Gustavo Lennertz who is currently studying at the Neues Wiener Konservatorium in Vienna.
We are delighted to announce the Board’s decision to support the publishing of the remaining works of Dutch composer Henriëtte Bosmans, thanks to the Leo Smit Foundation’s Forbidden Music Regained project.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of the celebrated Dutch Violinist Liza Ferschtman who will join the board from April 2023. Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage.
Kurdish Iranian Chia S. Ahmed was accepted for study for double bass and cello at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Tartini” in Trieste, Italy at the Bachelor level. In the Netherlands two Syrians with refugee status, Karoen Bagbodarian cellist and Rani Eias solo cornet /trumpet player entered Master Degree Studies at Hanzehogeschool, Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, NL.
February 10-18 : Anthony Marwood tours the Netherlands as soloist/director with Amsterdam Sinfoneietta. The schedule includes 10th Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam; 12th Breda; 14th Arnhem; 16th Enschede; 17th Leiden; 18th Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Your very generous donation…arrived with our Bank 16 January. Thank you very much.
“To the brave young musicians of Iraq” Paul MacAlindin’s heartfelt dedication in his recently published case history and personal journey from 2009-2014 in “UPBEAT: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.”
Composition Books sent to Iraq
Ksenia was born in Russia. She says, “During my childhood at the Moscow central school and the Moscow conservatory, I thought that my musical life would focus entirely on solo and chamber music, but…
David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He moved to Great Britain in the seventies to study at the Royal College of Music and since then has forged a successful international career in music. He founded Musequality to support musically gifted children in developing countries.
Kate Moore is a composer of new music born in the UK, brought up in Australia, whose mother is Dutch. Kate obtained her masters degree at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag and has lived in The Netherlands for ten years.
Two eminent Dutch composers and five equally eminent musicians from Russia, Poland, UK, South Africa and Romania are going to the Rudi Martinus van Dijk Composition Workshop in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq this August.
On July 19th, Hellgurd Ahmed a violinist from the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq contacted us. He asked if we would be interested in helping support them in an upcoming tour to the USA.
We are saddened to learn of the death of our first and beloved benefactor, renowned painter Charlotte (Lotte) Lichtblau.