Menno van Delft
Menno van Delft (Amsterdam,1963) studied harpsichord, organ and musicology at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the University of Utrecht. Amongst his professors were Gustav Leonhardt, Bob van Asperen, Piet Kee, Jacques van Oortmerssen and Willem Elders.
Menno van Delft has given concerts and master classes throughout Europe and the
USA and made numerous recordings for radio and television. He has been a guest at several Bachfeste of the Neue Bachgesellschaft. As a continuo player and soloist he performs with Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Pieter Wispelwey, Bart Schneemann, Lucia Swarts and Jacques Zoon and with the Nederlandse Opera, Al Ayre Español, the Nederlands Blazersensemble, Cantus Cölln, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Netherlands Bach Society.
Menno van Delft recorded numerous works by J.S. Bach. He also took part in a CD project with the complete keyboard works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, which received a 2003 Edison and the Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik Preis. In 2004 the first of a series of recordings on important historical clavichords was released by Teknon, of sonatas and variations by J.G. Müthel, recorded on the 1763 J.A. Hass clavichord from the Russell Collection in Edinburgh.
In 1992 Menno van Delft founded ‘Das Zimmermannsche Caffee’, an ensemble that focuses on orchestral and chamber music from the Rococo period. With his vocal ensemble Jan van Ruusbroec he performs late renaissance music by composers like William Byrd, Peter Philips and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. He is a founding member and soloist of the New Dutch Academy.
Menno van Delft regularly lectures and publishes on topics such as early keyboard repertoire, performance practice, playing techniques and tuning & temperament. Together with Siebe Henstra he forms the clavichord duo Der Prallende Doppelschlag and with Stefano Demicheli the harpsichord duo La Bassa Fiamenga.
Since 1995 Menno van Delft has taught harpsichord, clavichord, basso continuo and
ensemble playing at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (formerly the Sweelinck