About Barend Schipper

Barend Schipper: composer, pianist and vocalist of intercultural art music. 

Barend Schipper makes music of the "reflective heart", as an expression of a unity in soul, mind and body. During his live journey as a composer he integrated classical music -from the Renaissance to the present- with traditional and contemporary music from Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America, Africa, Oceania. Other sources of his music are nature, the visual arts, dreams, dance, theatre and poetry.  

Barend composes and performs his music, and recorded CDs and DVDs of his concerts of his music in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, solo and with others. He enjoys cooperations with musicians, poets, choreographers and visual artists.  

He gave public lectures on his music and on classical music at universities, academies and concert halls in the Netherlands and abroad. He cooperated with an inter disciplinary neuro biologist, with organisational coaches and a shaman. Since his early study years Barend has enjoyed teaching piano and singing, improvisation and composition.   

At 25 years of age Barend became the teacher of music composition at the conservatory of Turku, Finland. In the same period he studied with composer dr. Einojuhani Rautavaara -known from his third piano concerto, ordered by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and his 7th symphony Angel of Light - in at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Dr. Rautavaara invited Barend to open the season of the series of Public International Lectures at the university the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland with a lecture about Barend's pioneering in the field of creating intercultural art music.  

Further studies: Barend also studied composition with another leading composer of Europe at the time:  Jacqueline Fontyn in Limoges, Brussels, Belgium. He studied private piano during four years with Maria Stroo, who had been a regular soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam and formed duos with two concertmasters of this orchestra, Theo Olof and Viktor Liberman. Private and conservatory composition and orchestra conducting study with composer conductor Willem Frederik Bon  -who composed for the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Bon was also conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.-

Jazz piano improvisation course near Budapest and performed live on national Hungarian radio. Teacher Bela Szakcsi Lakatos -lauded by f.i. Chick Corea-.  Barend played live on the national radio of Hungary. Live as a piano soloist with Metropole Orkest, Hilversum NL, conductor Rogier van Otterloo. Barend finished his orchestra and choir work Suite Polynésienne which was lauded by van Otterloo and was performed by the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983. The work became his entree with Rautavaara and Fontyn.      

He studied choir conducting and voice production at Kurt Thomas Course in The Hague, NL. Conference on research and teaching of singing techniques: the 1st International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, PAS conference 2002, RUG University of Groningen, NL. 

Barend started his music studies at the conservatory of Groningen with school music, and then -private- composition with Wim Dirriwachter and in that context studied singing with Heleen Verkley (soloist Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Caroline Stam (soloist Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra), piano with Max Gotlieb, Wate Dikken and Wim Koopman. Choir singing and choir formation with Cees Rotteveel. Jazz piano in Big Band (and symphony orchestra as piano soloist) with Rob Smit. Then main subject composition with Willem Frederik Bon - see above- and orchestra conducting with Zsolt Deáky -Nurnberger Symphoniker-.

Others about Barend Schipper's music:

 "I had the pleasure to meet Barend Schipper. He appeared to me as a very talented composer. His feeling for colour in harmony and instrumentation and his research for a personal musical language are quite remarkable."

Jacqueline Fontyn, Brussels, composer a.o. for the Queen Elisabeth Concours

"Dear Barend Schipper, today I had finally the time to listen to your beautiful CD Dances of Nijinsky. Exquisite, visual evocative music, which fitted to the Sardinian landscape; and well played too. Heartfelt thanks!" 

Frans Brüggen (1934 - 2014)  was the conductor of the Orchestra of the 18th Century