Edo Righini Vice-Principal / Director of Jazz & Popular Music
Bram Strijbis Programme Co-ordinator, Study Adviser
The Principal Study
At the CvA, jazz includes all kinds of musical styles - Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, R&B, pop, funk, fusion and crossover are all on offer. The programme allows students ample freedom to discover their own personal interests. Ensemble is an important component - from trios with voice or soloist to special groups devoted to particular principal subjects, Latin and crossover groups, jazz choir and big band.
Internationally acclaimed musicians regularly give workshops, clinics and masterclasses, such as, in 2012, Brad Mehldau and Kurt Elling.
Artists in Residence
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam has developed an outstanding Artist-in-Residence programme consisting of a pool of international musicians who share and enrich the vision of the Jazz Department. Every student will study and interact with internationally acclaimed guests like Terell Stafford, John Clayton, Peter Bernstein, and Alex Sipiagin, in a week filled with clinics, workshops, masterclasses and private lessons. This week will be concluded with a concert given by the Artist in Residence tohether with the students.
Thanks to our contacts in the world of broadcasting, at the studios, in show business and the new media, we can help students establish the contacts they need. Additionally, a special set of courses prepares students for the business aspects of the music industry.
The Cva Jazz Department maintains student exchange programmes with Manhattan School of Music, New York; New England Conservatory, Boston; Frost School of Music, University of Miami; Temple University Philadelphia en State University of New York at Purchase, Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo and other schools. There are also many exchange possibilities with prominent European institutes.
‘I have had the pleasure of being a guest artist and conductor at the Amsterdam Conservatory for years, and have found that the students’ level of performance, interest, dedication, commitment and energy are of the highest order. The Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Program offers a wholly integrated jazz environment, comprising study, research, and immersing students in the aural jazz tradition and historical musical context and culture. This program is of the utmost importance and relevance in today’s musical world. ‘The Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Project’ as I call it, is setting a new standard for jazz performance, composition, musical knowledge and understanding in our comtemporary global society.
I highly recommend the Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz program without any reservation.’
Justin DiCioccio, Assistant Dean
Chairman Jazz Arts program
Manhattan School of Music