Since 2015-2016 Jan Willem de Vriend has held the position of principal conductor at HET RESIDENTIE ORKEST OF THE HAGUE and principal guest conductor at the ORQUESTRA SIMFONICA DE BARCELONE I NACIONAL CATALUNYA.
He is also the Premier Chef Invit at ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE LILLE.
He regularly conducts such orchestras as the KONZERTHAUS ORCHESTER BERLIN, NDR ORCHESTER, PHILHARMONIE STUTTGART, the WDR ORCHESTER, and HET KONINKLIJK CONCERTGEBOUW ORKEST.
Between 1982 and 2015 he was the founder, artistic director and violinist, of the COMBATTIMENTO CONSORT AMSTERDAM, the ensemble renowned internationally, through its series at the CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM, for its performances of many of the little-known masterpieces of the 17th and 18th century and its presentation of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Telemann, Bach, Gassmann and Mozart among others and directed by the acclaimed Eva Buchmann. The ensemble toured Europe and North America and recorded an extensive catalogue of recordings for commercial DVD and television.
From 2006 to 2018 Jan Willem de Vriend was chief conductor at HET ORKEST VAN HET OOSTEN, (formerly known as HET SYMFONIEORKEST), his early performances of Mahlers SYMPHONY NO.1, in its ‘Hamburger version’ receiving critical acclaim with GRAMMAPHONE describing his interpretation as an absolute must. This resulted in invitations by the AMSTERDAM CONCERTGEBOUW ORKEST as well as from many orchestras abroad.
Again with HET SYMFONIE ORKEST he completed a very successful series of recordings, of all the Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies.
Other recordings include Mendelssohn’s 3rd and 4th symphonies for a hybrid “pop/classical video clip” for dvd with the Belgian director, Peter Pannekoek.
He also produced music programs for television entitled DE VRIEND AND HIS HEROES in 2013/14, followed by MUSIC AND MECHANISM and MUSIC AND POWER in 2015, all in collaboration with HET SYMFONIE ORKEST.
His opera conducting has included, during 2013 and 2014 the HET SYMFONIE ORKEST’s supporting of DON GIOVANNI and Rossini’s LA GAZETTA, in productions directed by Eva Buchmann, on tour in St. Moritz and Basel and on tour throughout The Netherlands.
Also with Eva Buchmann’s performance company, PUNTO ARTE, during the 2017/2018 season, he has conducted seasons of Haydn’s LO SPEZIALE and Mozart’s DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR at the COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE with the COLOGNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and at the ZURICH TONHALLE with the ZURICH TONHALLE ORCHESTER. 2019/2020 will include further performances with the ORCHESTER DES HESSISCHEN RUNDFUNKS in Frankfurt.
Jan Willem de Vriend’s recent guest appearances included engagements, in the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons, with the CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM, the BERGEN FILHAMONISKE, the WIENER KAMMERORCHESTER, the ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, STUTTGART PHILHAMONIKER, and the NATIONAAL ORKEST BRUSSEL.
2018 also included performances of Handel’s MESSIAH with the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
During 2019 he was engaged by the ROTTERDAMS PHILHARMONISCH ORKEST, returned to the STUTTGART PHILHARMONIKER for concerts featuring the Hummel PIANO CONCERTO NO.3 and Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO.4 and conducted a series of Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION amongst his many concerts in his position with HET RESIDENTIE ORKEST OF THE HAGUE.
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