About Barend Schipper

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

Barend Schipper creates music as an expression of a unity in soul, mind and body. He integrates 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, inner nature; dreams, the visual arts, dance, theatre and poetry.  

He enjoys his collaborations with other musicians, with poets, choreographers and visual artists. 

Barend gave concerts of his music in the EU, public lectures on his music and on contemporary and classical music at universities, academies, and for concert halls for the Nederlands Impresariaat. He cooperated with an inter disciplinary neuro biologist on music creation and consciousness, with organisational coaches, as a coach on left and right hemisphere integration, performed with public speakers and a shaman. 

Since his early study years Barend has enjoyed teaching piano and singing and teaching 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 -who became later known for his third piano concerto, ordered by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and his 7th symphony Angel of Light - at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Dr. Rautavaara invited Barend to open the season of the series of Public International Lectures at the Sibelius Academy university in Helsinki, Finland with a lecture about the development of his new tonal, intercultural art music and the developments of new Dutch music in general. 

Further studies: Barend also studied composition with Jacqueline Fontyn in Limoges, Brussels, Belgium who was the main professor of composition at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels at the time. Barend Schipper studied private piano during four years with Maria Stroo, who had been a regular soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam and who formed duos with two concertmasters of this orchestra, Theo Olof and Viktor Liberman. 

He received private and conservatory composition and private orchestra conducting study with composer and conductor Willem Frederik Bon who worked as a composer-conductor with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Jazz piano improvisation course near Budapest and performed live on national Hungarian radio with teacher Bela Szakcsi Lakatos -lauded by f.i. Chick Corea-. Barend played live on the national radio of Hungary. Piano soloist at a live radio concert with the Metropole Orkest, Hilversum NL, conductor Rogier van Otterloo, during masterclasses with this orchestra. Barend finished his orchestra and choir work "Suite Polynésienne" at age 21 when he studied with Willem Frederik Bon. The suite, which was lauded by van Otterloo was performed by the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983, conducted by Lucas Vis. 

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

He started his music studies with school music at the conservatory of Groningen, and then -private- composition with Wim Dirriwachter, 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 an improvising piano soloist) with Rob Smit. Then he went on to study main subject composition with Willem Frederik Bon - see above- and with orchestra conductor Zsolt Deáky -Süddeutsche Philharmonie-.


 "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 for the Queen Elisabeth Concours and main professor of composition at the Conservatoire Royale of Brussels


"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