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The musicians 2024

This wind quintet, created especially for the Les Étoiles du Morvan festival, is made up of 5 musicians who have known each other very well and for a long time. They spend a lot of time together both socially and professionally. They play in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, in festivals and in other chamber music ensembles.

Five different instruments: the flute, the oboe, the clarinet, the bassoon and the horn each having its own sound and which together form usual instrumentation of the wind quintet. You'll hear several works taken from the beautiful repertoire written for this type of quintet.

You'll meet five different personalities with different instruments, forming a strong sonic unit.

The programming of this wind quintet fit perfectly with the magnificent concert venues of this festival.

Ingrid Geerlings (Netherlands, 1972) studied flute with Koos Verheul at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she received a 10 with distinction for her Performing Musician diploma in 1997. Besides her job as solo flutist of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, she is flutist of the AskoSchönberg Ensemble and the music collective LUDWIG (Grammy award 2018) of which she is also co-founder. 


As a soloist she has performed with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. During the LUDWIG Europe tour she performed solo among others in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, OJAI Festival in California and in the Royal Concertgebouw from which she received many raving reviews in the Dutch national and foreign press. Her sense of timing, atmosphere and timbre have been praised. 


Every year she is a soloist and teacher at the Orlando Festival (Kerkrade, NL). 


In 2017 her CD Any Way The Wind Blows was released and received laudatory reviews in the Dutch Volkskrant: "one stays glued to the speakers".

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La violoniste serbe Jelena Ristic est diplômée de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de Novi Sad dans la classe de Dejan Mihailović, puis a étudié à Amsterdam avec Ilya Grubert.

Entre 2005 et 2007, Jelena Ristic a joué en solo avec l'Orchestre Symphonique de Niš, l'orchestre de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de Novi Sad et l'Orchestre Gelders. En 2008, elle devient premier violon de l'Orchestre Gelders. Elle a également été violon solo adjoint de l'Orchestre du Brabants et du Holland Symfonia, ainsi que violon solo de plusieurs orchestres au Danemark.

 

Jelena Ristic fait partie du groupe de premiers violons de l'Orchestre du Concertgebouw depuis avril 2013. Elle joue un J.B. Violon Vuillaume (vers 1845).

Saviez-vous que Jelena Ristic joue non seulement du violon, mais sait aussi chanter ? Lors du concert au château, Jelena ne jouera pas seulement du violon, mais s'occupera également des parties chantantes !

Arno Piters (Netherlands) studied clarinet and E-flat clarinet at the Maastricht Conservatory and then at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he again graduated with distinction.

 

He was a member of the Netherlands National Youth Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the European Union Youth Orchestra, where he performed under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy. As a soloist he has performed with the Residentie Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and the Nürnberger Symphoniker among others.

 

From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Dutch Radio Symphonic Orchestra. He then joined the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

 

He is affiliated with the Conservatory of Amsterdam as a teacher and gives master classes in his country and abroad.

 

As a chamber musician he has performed at festivals both in and outside the Netherlands.

Fons Verspaandonk

Fons Verspaandonk (Netherlands) studied at the Brabant Conservatory with Herman Jeurissen and graduated with distinction. He took masterclasses with Radovan Vlatkovic, Frøydis Ree Wekre and Michael Höltzel.

 

Since January 2004, he has been the horn player at the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Before that he played with the Brabants Orkest (1995-1998) and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (1998-2003).

 

From 2007 to 2012, Fons taught horn at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg.

 

Fons Verspaandonk is part of the Farkas Quintet and often collaborates with chamber music ensembles such as the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. He is also a member of the brass ensemble of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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