Kees Koelmans, violinist

KEES KOELMANS studied with Jacques Meijer and Wim ten Have in Groningen and Bouw Lemkes and Jaap Schröder at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, graduating in 1984. He was one of the founders of the baroque orchestra of the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging. He was a long-time member of the Camerata de Madrid and subsequently worked with the most prominent European Early Music ensembles. Since 1985, he has been member of the first violin group of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century, its many chamber music ensembles bringing him to numerous stages at home and abroad. He was a violin teacher at the conservatories of Zwolle, Groningen, Arnhem and Antwerp and guest professor at the University of Salamanca. As of the year 2000, he has been teaching violin and chamber music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
In 2012 he became head of the string department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Kees Koelmans plays a Hendrik Jacobs violin made in 1669, by courtesy of the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds (NMF).