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Biography

Jan Willem de Vriend is principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille and Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. He makes regular guest appearances with such ensembles as the Belgian National, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Melbourne Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Warsaw Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony.
 
From 2015 to 2019 Jan Willem de Vriend was Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest Den Haag and from 2006 to 2018 he was Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (Het Orkest van het Oosten), based in the city of Enschede. He was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya from 2015 to 2021 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brabant Orchestra (now South Netherlands Philharmonic) from 2008 to 2015. De Vriend and the Netherland Symphony Orchestra went on to record a substantial Beethoven catalogue for Challenge Classics, embracing the complete symphonies and concertos (with Hannes Minnaar and Liza Ferschtman among the soloists). Classic FM praised the interpretation of Symphony No 7 for “a bounding flair that does real justice to the composer's capacity for joy”. Further landmarks in the Challenge Classics catalogue are the complete Mendelssohn symphonies, again with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the complete symphonies of Schubert, recorded with the Residentie Orkest, also de Vriend’s orchestra for a Decca recording of Mendelssohn’s complete works for piano and orchestra.
 
De Vriend first established an international reputation as Artistic Director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he established in 1982 and led from the violin until 2015. Specialising in music of the 17th and 18th century, and applying historically informed practice on modern instruments, the consort gave new life to many rarely heard works and Gramophone magazine praised its players as “accomplished … with technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterisation”. Its collaborative spirit lives on in de Vriend’s approach as he explores and energises the symphonic repertoire, in particular the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Johann Strauss.
 
In the field of opera, in both Europe and the USA, de Vriend and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam gave performancesof works by Monteverdi, Haydn, Handel, Telemann, and J.S. Bach (the ‘Hunting’ and ‘Coffee’ cantatas at the Leipzig Bach Festival), all in stagings by the director Eva Buchmann. Operas by such composers as Mozart, Verdi and Cherubini featured in his seasons with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, which included a visit to Switzerland with productions of Don Giovanni and Rossini’s La Gazzetta, again directed by Eva Buchmann. De Vriend has also conducted operas in Amsterdam (Nederlandse Reisopera), Barcelona, Strasbourg, Luzern, Schwetzingen and Bergen.
 
In the Netherlands he has presented several television series and is well known for his appearances on a variety of other programmes about music.  In 2012 he received a prize from the national station NPO Radio 4 for his creative contribution to classical music.

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Jan Willem de Vriend's latest CD is dedicated to one of the very few successful female composers of the 19 th century.
"Emilie Mayer: Symphonies Nr. 3 & 7" (CPO-2022) is out now.

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Biography

Jan Willem de Vriend is principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. He also makes regular guest appearances with such ensembles as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
De Vriend first established an international reputation as artistic director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he established in 1982 and led from the violin until 2015. In the field of opera, de Vriend and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam gave performances, of works by Monteverdi, Haydn, Handel, Telemann, and J.S. Bach all in stagings by the director Eva Buchmann. Operas by such composers as Mozart, Verdi and Cherubini featured in his seasons with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, again directed by Eva Buchmann. De Vriend has also conducted opera in Amsterdam (Nederlandse Reisopera), Barcelona, Strasbourg, Luzern, Schwetzingen and Bergen.
In the Netherlands he has presented several television series, and in 2012 he received a prize from the national station NPO Radio 4 for his creative contribution to classical music.
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Punto Arte Festival 2022
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Media

Video

Mozart: Symphony No.31 in D major, K. 297/300a "Paris Symphony"Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Live recording (03/02/2021)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall
Live recording (11/12/2020)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Live recording (10/12/2020)
Vivaldi: Concerto di Amsterdam Tjeerd Top (violin)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Concertgebouw Orkest
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
(13/10/2020)
Mozart: Coronation Mass Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Radio Philarmonic Orchestra
Netherlands Radio Choir
TivoliVredenburg (Ultrecht)
Live Aufzeichung (20/12/2019)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor, Op. 107Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Radio Philarmonic Orchestra Netherlands Radio Choir
TivoliVredenburg (Ultrecht)
Life Aufzeichnung (20/12/2019)
Haydn: Lo Speziale Piotr Micinski (Sempronio)
Marina Zyatkova (Grilleta)
Álvaro Zambrano (Mengone)
Virpi Räisänen (Volpino)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage direction)
hr- Sinfonieorchster
hr-Sendesaal (05 + 06/12/2019)
Haydn: Lo Speziale Marina Zyatkova (Grilleta)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage direction)
Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Sala Gran (Barcelona)
(18-20/01/2018)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 ""Italien"Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Concertgebouw (04/09/2016)
Live recording
Haydn: Orlando -  Excerpts Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage director)
Combatimiento Consort Amsterdam
Odeon De Spiegel Theaters
(01/06/2011)
Händel: Agripina, Act II "Alle Tue Piante"Annemarie Kremer (Agrippina)
Renate Arends (Poppea)
Michael Hart-Davis (Nerone)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage director)
Combatimmiento Consort Amsterdam
Slovak National Theatre
(22-23/10/2004)
Mozart (attrib.): Der Stein der Weisen - Act 2 "Finale"Piotr Micinski (Lubano)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage director)
Combatimmiento Consort Amsterdam 
Teatr Wielki w Lodzi (16/10/2003)
Mozart (attrib): Der Stein der Weisen - Nun liebes Weibchen Renata Arends (Lubanara)
Piotr Micinski (Lubano)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage director)
Combatimiento Consort Amsterdam
Teatr Wielki w Lodzi (16/10/2003)
Interview: Premiere "Lo Speziale " (Hadyn) Jan WIllem de Vriend (conductor)
Eva Buchmann (stage director)
Duisburger Philhharmoniker
STUDIO 47. (30/06/2021)
Dirigieren Beethoven: Interview with the conductor Jan Willem de Vriend Orchestre National de Lille
(12/03/2021)

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Diskografie (selection)

Emilie Mayer: Symphonien Nr.3 & 7 Mayer: Symphony No.3 in C major "Military"; Symphony No.7 in F-minor
Jan Willem de Vriend (Dirigent)
NDR Radiophilharmonie
CD: cpo (2022)
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Arias and OverturesMari Eriksmoen (soprano)
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2021)
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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & ConcertosBeethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major, Op. 60; Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 ; Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21; Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92; Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93; Symphony No. 2 in D  Major, Op. 36; et al.
Liza Ferschtman (violin)
Hannes Minnaar (piano)
Storioni Trio
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2020) - Box Set
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Franz Schubert: Symphonien Vol.3
Schubert: Symphony no.9 d.944
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest The Hague
CD: Challenge Classics (2020)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano Trio
Beethoven: Klaviertrio op. 1,3 c-Moll; Piano Trio, Op. 11, u.a.
Van Baerle Trio
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest The Hague
CD: Challenge Classics (2020) - Box Set
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano Trio vol. 5
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1 No.3; Piano Trio No. 1 in D major, Op. 38
Van Baerle Trio
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest The Hague
CD: Challenge Classics (2020) - Box Set
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Franz Schubert: Symphonien Vol.3
Schubert: Symphony no.1 d.82; Symphony no.3 d.200; Symphony no.8 d.759
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest The Hague
CD: Challenge Classics (2019)
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MENDELSSOHN: Concertos For Two Pianos
Mendelsshon: Concerto in E Major for 2 Pianos & Orchestra; Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in A-flat major
Roberto Prosseda (piano)
Alessandra Ammara (piano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest The Hague
CD:Universal Music (2019)
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Robert Schumann: CONCERTANT 
Schumann: Konzertstück F-Dur für vier Hörner und großes Orchester op. 86; Introduktion und Allegro appassionato op. 92; Konzert-Alleatthigro mit Introduktion Op. 134; Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op. 54
Mas Kirschnereit (piano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
CD: Berlin Classics (2019)
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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Mendelsshon: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25; Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Roberto Prosseda (piano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest The Hague
CD:Universal Music  (2018)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Hannes Minnaar (piano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2017)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Piano Concertos Beethoven: Klavierkonzerte Nr.1-5
Hannes Minnaar (piano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2017)
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JOHANNES BRAHMS: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Brahms: A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest | The Hague Philharmonic
                                  CD: Challenge Classics (2016) - Live recording
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four SeasonsVivaldi: Concerto for Violin in G Minor, Op. 12, No. 1, RV 317I; Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315
Jaap Van Zweden (violin)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
CD: Challenge Classics (2016)
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Johannes Brahms: Serenade no. 1 | Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11; Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Residentie Orkest
CD: Challenge Classics (2016)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Beethoven: Symphony no. 4 op. 60 in B flat major; Symphony no. 6 op. 68; Symphony no. 1 op. 21 in C major; Symphony no. 5 op. 67 in c minor; Symphony no. 7 op. 92 in A major; Symphony no. 7 op. 92 in A major; Symphony no. 8 op. 93 in F major; Symphony no. 2 op. 36 in D major; Symphony no. 3 op. 55 in E-flat major; Symphony no. 9 op. 125
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2016)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2, B-Dur, op. 19; Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, C-Dur, op. 15
Hannes Minnaar (piano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2015)
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Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies nos. 4 & 5Mendelsshon: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"; Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor, Op. 107 "Reformation"
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2014)
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Ladies First! Opera arias by Joseph HaydnHaydn: Scena di Berenice - Hob. XXIVa:10; Armida - Hob. XXIVa:10; L'anima del filosofo - Hob. XXVIII:13; L'anima del filosofo - Hob. XXVIII:13;Arianna a Naxos - Hob. XXVIb:2; L'isola disabitata - Hob. XXVIII:9; L'infedelta delusa - Hob. XXVIII:5; La Methilde ritrovata - Hob. XXXIVb:3; L'infedelta delusa  - Hob. XX
Lisa Larsson (soprano)
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Archduke TrioBeethoven: Concerto for violin, cello and piano in C major op. 56 Triple Concerto & Piano trio in B-flat major op. 97 Archduke Trio
Storioni Trio
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2013)
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Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 2 "Lobgesang"Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 2 'Lobgesang'
Machteld Baumans (soprano)
Judith van Wanroij (soprano)
Patrick Henckens (tenor) 
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Consensus Vocalis
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2013)
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Handel: Concerti grossi op. 6 Handel: Concerto grosso op. 6
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
CD: Challenge Classics (2012)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no.9 - Complete symphonies vol. 5Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2012)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony nos. 2 & 3- Complete symphonies vol. 4Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 & Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2011)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony nos. 7 & 8- Complete symphonies vol. 3Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 & Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2011)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony nos. 1 & 5- Complete symphonies vol. 2Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 & Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2011)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony nos. 4 & 6- Complete symphonies vol. 1Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B♭ major, Op. 60 & Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68
Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
CD: Challenge Classics (2010)
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