28 years TIHMS

The International Holland Music Sessions (TIHMS) was founded in 1988 in the Dutch village of Bergen, North Holland, by Frans Wolfkamp, at that time director of the Conservatory of Alkmaar in the Netherlands. Started as an international summer course TIHMS soon developed into one of the leading institutes offering career opportunities for young talented musicians, since almost from its inception the goal of the program was to attract musicians through the inspiring combination of master classes and concert experience. The most promising young musicians, who performed during the Summer Academy in daily concerts in Bergen’s intimate and beautiful Ruïnekerk, were invited to perform in the Recital Hall of the renowned Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, an experience that in many cases provided the first step toward an impressive career.

In 2002 Frans Wolfkamp handed over the artistic directorship to Jan Marisse Huizing, who had been artistic advisor of TIHMS since 1989. Also since 2002, until now, Perry Reitsma is the managing director of TIHMS.

Jan Marisse Huizing resigned from TIHMS as of January 1st 2010. Since then, and until September 2012, the artistic management was in the hands of pianist Gerard Boeters (together with his wife Bernadette), who had been since 1998 class-accompanist in the violin masterclass sessions of the summer academies and duo-pianist in countless concerts during the connected concertfestival and in the series of New Masters on Tour. In the period 2013-2015 Marijke Eichelsheim was responsible for the artistic management, and since 2016 we welcome Stefanie Seidel for this task.

Each year The International Holland Music Sessions organizes over 100 concerts in the Netherlands as well as abroad. During the years 1993-1995 World Tours were organized which included concerts in Amsterdam, New York (Carnegie Hall), Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Montreal, Osaka, Koriyama, Kyoto, Kuracity and Tokyo with pianists Nicholas Angelich, Jan Biel, Philippe Giusiano, George S. Lopez, Libby Yu, and violinists Ken-Ichiro Aiso, Timothy Fain, Pavel Sporcl and Yuan-Qing Yu.

Among the special events held in the Netherlands in past years and featuring participants of TIHMS’s Summer Academy have been concerts at the ‘Beurs van Berlage’ in Amsterdam, the Nordic Festival for musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the Hungarian Festival highlighting musicians from Hungary and/or Hungarian repertoire, the Moonbeach Festival for musicians from Japan, presented in cooperation with the festival of the same name in Okinawa, and concerts with the American Chamber Orchestra ‘Il Palpiti’ conducted by Eduard Schmieder.

After a break of four years the tradition of organizing concerts abroad was reinstated in 1999 with concerts in famous concert halls in Europe.

At the turn of the millennium in 2000 new developments were welcomed, among them the official inauguration of the Concert Management Department of TIHMS and concerts by Laureates in both the Main Hall and the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. On September 2 and 3, 2000 violinists Reiko Otani and Alexandru Tomescu, cellist Gavriel Lipkind and pianists Inon Barnatan, Peter Józsa and Stephanos Thomopoulos created an inspiring festival by performing in recital and as soloists with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (NCO) conducted by Philippe Entremont.

In the second half of the decade, concerts were organized in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Het Concertgebouw), The Hague, the Netherlands (Theater Diligentia), the Czech Republic (Prague, SUK Hall, Rudolfinum), Slovakia (Batislava, Filharmonija), Russia (The Tchaikovski Conservatory in Moskou, the Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, the Vologda Philharmonic in Vologda), Latvia (Riga, the Assembly Hall in Blackheads House), Estonia (Tallinn, the Estonia Concert Hall), Lithuania (Vilnius, The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall) and in Romania (Bucharest, The Atheneum Roman). These concerts featured specially selected TIHMS musicians, the New Masters on Tour.

Andrey Baranov, violin

Andrej BaranovAndrey Baranov, winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2012, and now having a flourishing career, was a participant at the International Holland Music Sessions in 2007/2008.

"My first concerts in the Netherlands are about nine years ago, during the Summer Academy of The International Holland Music Sessions (TIHMS). It was there that I met the violinist Pierre Amoyal, later to become my teacher at the Conservatorium of Lausanne. I always enjoy my visits to the Netherlands and I am happy to play here for an audience that not only loves classical music, but also understands it."

Bron: Olga de Kort-Koulikova, artikel De Klank

Frans WolfkampFrans Wolfkamp, founder of TIHMS, director from the beginning until 2002.

Jan-Marisse HuizingJan-Marisse Huizing artistic director from 2002 until 2010.

Karl-Heinz KammerlingKarl-Heinz Kämmerling (1930-2012), pianist, was a faculty member for many years within TIHMS, a highly respected teacher.