Chronological resume of Barend Schipper


The formative years: 1979-1982  

1979-1983 Piano study with five conservatory piano teachers  

1979-1982 Vocal study with Heleen Verkley and Caroline Stam  

1981 Preparatory composition study  

1982 Completed composition and orchestration study with orchestra work, with W.F. Bon  

Post graduate studies: 1982-1986  

1982-1983 Study of orchestra conducting with W.F. Bon †1983  

1983-1988 Collaboration with concert violinist George Ermolenko  

1983-1984 Study of orchestra conducting with S. Deaky  

1983 Performance of Schipper’s orchestra work Suite Polynésienne  

1983-1984 Several masterclasses composition  

1983-1985 Several masterclasses orchestra conducting  

1983-1998 Development of ‘an intercultural  Rebirth of Romantic and classical music’ and the Classical Direct Creation Technique  

1983-1987 Piano study with M. Stroo  

1984-1994 Musical coaching by Schipper to the concert pianist and composer of Classical Antillean music Wim Statius Muller in Brussels, a cum laude graduate of Joseph Raieff, Julliard Academy, New York, for his concerts in Cristofori Concert Hall, Amsterdam  

1984-1985 Post graduate apprenticeship of composition with J. Fontyn in Brussels  

1985 Post graduate apprenticeship with E. Rautavaara in Helsinki  

1985 Schipper is main composition teacher on Turku Conservatory, Finland  

1985 Schipper is the opening speaker of the season, in the series public international lectures, on an intercultural Rebirth of classical music, at the university Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland  

1986-1994: ‘an intercultural Rebirth of Romantic and classical music’ and the ‘Classical Direct Creation Technique’ takes shape 

1986-1992 Six years of composition analytical study of the music of W.A. Mozart and a possible frame of the classical direct creation technique  

1988-1990 Studies in modal composition in 16th, 17th and 18th century counterpoint in Bologna and in modal and pentatonic composition in Budapest  

1986-2001 Guest lecturer at different universities and academies on ‘an intercultural Rebirth’  

1986-1993 Held over 200 lectures, wrote 45 articles and made four radio programs in four different countries on classical music  

1986-1994 Composed thirty works, from chamber music to music for orchestra as a preparation for ‘a Rebirth’  

1994-2004: The production of ‘an intercultural Rebirth’  

1994-1998 Composition, performance and production of four CDs of ‘a Rebirth’  

1994-present Projects with Canadian poet James Strecker  

1994-2004 Projects with first Dutch knighted dancer Jaap Flier  

1995 Modern dance conference in Larette with leading dancers, amongst others Sara Rudner, Russell Dumas,Willy de la Bije, Jaap Flier: launch of his CD Canale Grande & Palazzo Bernardo  

1998 Premiere of ‘a rebirth of Romantic and classical music’ and the ‘Classical Direct Creation Technique’ at a concert in Menaggio, Italy. 

1998-2003 Composition, performance and recording of 12 more CDs of ‘a Rebirth’  

1999 Article on ‘a Rebirth’ with inter disciplinary thinker, neuro-scientist Dr. J. Wassenaar  

1999- 2002 Recitals with seven evening filling repertories of ‘a rebirth’ piano music  

2000-2002 Preparation of the project ‘City Design and Music’ with city architect and urban innovator of the city government of Groningen, the Netherlands, Martin van Wijck  

2003 Production of CDs of ‘Poetry to Music’, with poetry and prose of poet Arthur Rimbaud, painter Paul Gauguin and poet James Strecker  

2003 Production of CD ‘Illumination de Venise’, poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, piano solo and with vocals

2004 Live recording and production of the concert film: “Barend Schipper: Villa Concert”   

2005-present: Cooperations with ‘an intercultural Rebirth’, trio and solo

2005 Premiere of the concert film in Art Film House ‘Forum Images’ in Groningen, the Netherlands  

2005 Formation of Trio Bernardo: an intercultural Rebirth with accent on Latin American music 

2005-present: composing and performing with Latin American Trio Bernardo  

2005 production of DVD World music, solo and Trio Bernardo. Canadian poet James Strecker wrote the poem ‘World in Trio, Part Solo’ inspired by this DVD.  This poem and three more on Schipper’s music appeared in Strecker’s poetry album ‘Chasing the Muse’; poems on creators.  

2005- present: Music inspired by art:  piano & flute music and piano solo

2005- present: Cooperation with concert flutist Jan Prins: CD recordings of direct creation piano & flute music inspired by: paintings of Dali, Rembrandt, Picasso, Canaletto, Van Gogh, art and architecture of Michelangelo, and Australian Aboriginal culture and nature. Also they recorded piano & flute music inspired by quotes of Lao Tse, Christ and Buddha. 

2012: Direct creation solo concerts at the Steinway grand piano solo & with vocals: piano music inspired by paintings of Dali, Picasso and Michelangelo, poetry of Arthur Rimbaud and Pablo Neruda played and vocalised.  

2012 - present: Barend concentrates on the CD production of new piano solo music inspired by art:  Japanese wood prints by Hiroshige, ancient Chinese art, paintings Michael Buter, Paul Gauguin, Picasso  paintings and drawings. Also he put James Strecker’s poems from the poetry album 'Creativity and Creators in the Arts'  to music, playing piano and singing.