Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam to Lead Master Classes at ANAM, Nov 27
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, ANAM, master class
In addition to their performances at Hamer Hall on 26 and 27 November, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam will lead timpani and flute master classes at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) at 10:00am, 27 November 2013.
Excluding their performances, these classes are the only public appearances members of the Orchestra will make during their stay in Melbourne. The classes will be led by Emily Beynon (Principal Flute) and Nick Woud (Principal Timpanist).
Born in the UK in 1969, Emily Beynon studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and with Alain Marion in Paris. Before joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1995, she was a member of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
In addition to playing in the orchestra, one of Beynon's passions is teaching. She taught at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for eleven years, at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for two years and at the Netherlands Flute Academy (Neflac), which she founded (with SuzAnne Wolff), since 2009. Neflac organises courses and concerts for young talented Dutch flautists and young international professionals, where inspiration and motivation are at least as important as supporting and developing participants' flute-playing.
Nick Woud began his percussion studies at the age of eight at the Zaandam Music School. Playing in local drum and wind bands, he was able to fulfil his dream of playing the timpani starting at the age of twelve. While at school, he became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and was quickly appointed timpanist.
In 2003, after being a member of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty-five years, Woud won the RCO timpani auditions and was appointed principal timpanist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Woud has taught at the conservatories in Hilversum and Utrecht and returned to his alma mater, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, to teach timpani in 1996. In addition to these activities, he serves as director of studies with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, writes books on timpani, composes and makes timpani sticks.
The RCO will perform works that have played an important role in its history. Its first program will feature Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, composed in 1888, the year the orchestra was founded. The second program comprises Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Yefim Bronfman, widely acclaimed as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, a work the composer dedicated to the RCO.