October 29, 2015

Martin van Hees

Repertoire

J.S. Bach (1685-1750):

  • Allemande
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Gigue
  • Chaconne BWV 1004

M.M. Ponce (1882-1948):

  • Thème varie et finale

J. Turina (1882-1949):

  • Sonata op. 61

A. Piazzolla (1921-1992):

  • Invierno Porteno

F. Tarrega (1852-1909):

  • Capricho Arabe

Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944)

  • Choro de Saudade
  • Julia Florida
  • Waltz op. 8 no. 4.

F. Martin (1890-1974):

  • Quatre Pieces Brèves

Heitor Villa Lobos (1887-1959)

  • Etude no. 11.
  • Cadenza
  • Etude no. 12
  • Melody Sentimental 

Rolans Dyens (1954*)

  • La Chanson des Vieux Amants

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Martin van Hees, Classical Guitarist & Composer

One of the most promising and gifted young classical guitarists of the Netherlands, Martin van Hees (1990), was born in Groningen. He started his first guitar lessons at the age of 9 and later he followed lessons with Erik Westerhof, of the internationally renowned Groningen Guitar Duo. At the age of 15 he won the second prize at the Northern Guitar Awards. He first came across National attention when, at the age of 19, he won the first prize at the Lions National Guitar Competition. Later that year he represented the Netherlands at the final of the same competition in Bologna, Italy.

 Martin van Hees attended guitar lessons with Enno Voorhorst and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Music with Cum Laude (9) from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. He continued his studies under the guidance of the renowned Zoran Dukic and in 2014 he received Masters Degree with Cum Laude (9) and honors for his contribution to contemporary music. Parallel to this, in 2013 he attended the first year of Masters in Classical Guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels next to Antigoni Goni.

During his studies he had the privilege to participate in various projects, worth mentioning the National Youth Orchestra (NJO) and the Ligeti Academy - organized by Asko/Schönberg with a performance at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He was soloist at the Dutch Northern Guitar Ensemble (2009) and in October 2013 by the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra with the legendary “Concerto d’Aranjuez”. Martin van Hees has concertized in various not only European countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, India and Thailand. In 2014, during the months October-December, he toured in India giving 11 concerts and 5 master-classes/ workshops in various cities, amongst others Hyderabad, Goa, Chennai, and Bangalore. Parallel to his solo career Martin is involved in various chamber ensembles; duo with voice (Merlijn Runia), duo with flute (Emeline Dessi), Canto Collectief (guitar quartet).

His special interest in contemporary music rises from his projects; inter alia the Low en Hifi project (NJO muziek zomer 2014) under the renowned conductor-composer Martin Fondse, and his cooperations with various ensembles; among others the established Orkest de Ereprijs. He also likes to collaborate with upcoming composers on new compositions and he is a dedicatee of works by Christian Richter (NL) and Jan-Peter de Graaf (NL). Moreover his master research was dedicated to Dutch contemporary composers - Louis Andriessen, Leo Samama, Roderik de Man - focusing on the cooperation between musicians and composers.

With little participation in classical guitar festivals–competitions, he received 1st prize at the International Guitar Festival in Patras (2015) and 3rd prize at the Calcutta International Guitar Festival honoring Roland Dyens (2014). He attended master classes with well-known classical guitar performers and teachers such as Roland Dyens, Marcin Dylla, Fabio Zanon, Roberto Aussel and Ricardo Gallen.

At the moment, parallel to his performances, Martin van Hees is preparing his first CD with works from J.S. Bach, H. Villa Lobos, F. Martin, and M.M. Ponce. Next to this, he is preparing a series of concerts with the fresh contemporary ensemble Kluster5 in the Netherlands.

Martin plays a guitar made by Kolya Panhuyzen.

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