About Barend Schipper

Barend Schipper -composer, pianist and vocalist- creates, performs and improvises his intercultural art music.  

Since 1980 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. His music is inspired by nature, by dreams, by visual arts, dance, theatre and poetry; evoking an experience of unity in soul, mind and body.

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

Barend gave concerts of his music in the EU, and 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, and performed as with his own music as a pianist together with public speakers and a shaman. He is an experienced coach, and worked for different organisations in this field. 

Since his early study years Barend has enjoyed teaching piano and singing and teaching improvisation and composition.   

At 25 years of age Barend was appointed as teacher of music composition at the conservatory of Turku, Finland. In the same period he studied with composer dr. Einojuhani Rautavaara at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. 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 his new intercultural art music; about a rebirth of classical music in our intercultural times.. 

Before, Barend studied composition -private- 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 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. 

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

He studied jazz piano improvisation at the International Jazz Camp and performance in Tatabánya, near Budapest with teacher Béla Szakcsi Lakatos -lauded by Chick Corea and Frank Zappa-, where Barend played live on the national radio of Hungary. Barend Schipper performed as improvising piano soloist at a live radio concert on national radio with the Metropole Orkest, Hilversum, Netherlands, conductor Rogier van Otterloo, after he received masterclasses with this orchestra.

Barend finished his music for extended symphony orchestra, choir and soprano the "Suite Polynésienne" at age 21 when he studied with Willem Frederik Bon. The suite 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 composition - private- with Wim Dirriwachter. In that context he 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. Barend continued the study of composition as a main subject with Willem Frederik Bon, orchestra conducting -private- with Bon and at the conservatory with conductor Zsolt Deáky -Süddeutsche Philharmonie- .  Jazz piano in conservatory Big Band plus symphony orchestra -conductor with Rob Smit- as improvising piano soloist.


 "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