Profile

As a ten-year-old Marianne Boer gave her debut recital performing a Haydn piano concerto with the Zeeuws Youth Orchestra. She was a finalist in several youth competitions, including the AVRO competition and the Rotterdam Three Day piano competition.

She was professionally trained at the Amsterdam Conservatory where she received her diploma Performing Musician, after studying piano with Jan Wijn for six years. She continued her studies with a chamber music program led by Willem Brons. She took master classes with G. Sebök, E. Rodrigues and I. Friedman. In 2002 she completed her studies in musicology with Professor Albert Clement at Utrecht University.

Awards

Marianne has received several awards: In 1991 she received the first prize in the category chamber music with a piano-flute duet at the Rovere d’Oro Competition in San Bartelomeo al Mare in Italy and the first prize at the Jacques Vonk Piano Competition in 1993. As a soloist she was awarded with the Friends’ Silver Wreath of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1994 and in 1996 she obtained the Friends Wreath for a second time with the Reinaert Ensemble.

Career

She performed as a soloist in several piano concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (Concert nr. 3 and the Choir Fantasy) and Mendelssohn. She performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue twice with the Brabants Orchestra conducted by Mark Fitz-Gerald in 1999. Marianne gave solo recitals in the Recital Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Kurhaus in Scheveningen and Vredenburg in Utrecht. She has also performed in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Nigeria and Benin (Africa).

She is also active in the field of chamber music. She has played piano quartets in the series Young Dutch Artists in the Recital Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 1999 she played Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Christmas Matinee, conducted by Ricardo Chailly. She also performed in the series ‘Sunday Morning Concerts’.

In 1997 she accepted a teaching position at the Amsterdam Conservatory and since 2006 she has been teaching piano majors at Roosevelt Academy in Middelburg.

Both in the Netherlands and abroad, Marianne is a much sought-after pianist for chamber music festivals, accompaniment courses and prominent competitions. She is the regular accompanist at the International Holland Music Sessions, The Young Musician of the Year and the Leo Smit Foundation.

Recordings

Her first CD with piano and flute music was released in 1997 for the label Etcetera. A chamber music CD, with the ensemble Les Quatre (formarly Quatre Reines) founded by her, was released in 2000. In 2002, she recorded her second CD with Maurice Heugen, solo flutist of the Zurich Opera: Homage to Debussy. In September 2003, she recorded George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Cobla Principal d’Amsterdam . The third Heugen-Boer duo CD (2006) contains works of, among others, W. Gieseking, Ph. Gaubert, and L. Liebermann. Marianne has also performed countless times for radio and television.
 

Competitions/Prizes/Performances/Recordings

  • 1980 First Prize at the Youth-Music Competition, 25 years Zeeuwse Muziekschool
  • 1983 Soloist with the Promenade Orchestra, conducted by J. Stulen, performed in the Main Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; broadcast live on television
  • 1983 Finalist in the Rotterdam Three Day Piano Competition
  • 1984 Finalist in the AVRO competition for young musicians
  • 1988 Finalist in the Postbank-Sweelinck-Competiton
  • 1988 Zeeuwse incentive prize for young Zeeuws talent
  • 1990 First prize at the Kiwanis-competition for piano-flute duos
  • 1991 First prize in the chamber music category with a piano-flute duo at the Rovere d’Oro Competition in San Bartelomeo al Mare (Italy)
  • 1991 Soloist with the SCA-Bigband in the Main Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
  • 1992 Final exam piano at the Sweelinck Conservatory with Jan Wijn. Degree Performing Artist with a 9.5 (“A+”) as a final grade
  • 1993 First prize at the Kiwanis-competition for piano-viola duos
  • 1993 First prize at the Jaques Vonk-piano competition
  • 1994 Winner of the Silver Wreath from the Friends of the Concertgebouw Society and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a soloist
  • 1994 Solo tour through Nigeria and Benin (Africa) at the invitation of the Dutch ambassador in Nigeria
  • 1996 Winner of the Silver Wreath from the Friends of the Concertgebouw Society and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with the Reinaert Ensemble (with W. Vossen, violin; Edith van Moergastel, viola; Marc Vossen, cello and Marianne Boer, piano)
  • 1997 Release of the first CD with flutist Maurice Heugen (solo flutist at the Zurich Opera) with 20th-century flute-piano repertoire by Swiss composers, including six world-premiere recordings for the label Etcetera
  • 1997 Appointment as teacher-accompanist at the Sweelinck Conservatory
  • 1999 Soloist with Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Brabants Orchestra conducted by Mark Fitz-Gerald
  • 2000 CD with the ensemble Quatre Reines (with Cécile Huynen, violin; Manja Smits, harp; Mariëtte Landheer, cello and Marianne Boer, piano)
  • 2001 Collaborated on the CD Musicians to Keep Track of with the young-talent class of the Amsterdam Conservatory
  • 2002 Completion of her doctoral studies in musicology at the Utrecht Conservatory
  • 2002 Second CD with flutist Maurice Heugen. The CD Homage to Debussy contains flute repertoire from the period 1920-1930 with works of Hue, Caplet, Dukas, Pijper, Roussel and Jongen
  • 2004 CD with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Cobla Principal d’Amsterdam
  • 2006 Third CD with flutist Maurice Heugen with works by Ph. Gaubert, L. Liebermann and W. Gieseking

 

 

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