The Hyderabad Western Music Forum, in association with Alliance Francaise Hyderabad, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad and the Taj Deccan, is presenting a western classical music concert by the Prinses Ensemble, on 7th March, at the Kohinoor Hall of Taj Deccan.
The Prinses Ensemble is a 4-piece music group, consisting of young prize-winners in a competition conducted by 'The Prinses Christina Foundation' from the Netherlands. It has Nora Fischer on the soprano, Rianne Jongsma on the flute, Bas Treub on the violin and Andrea Vasi on the piano.
Nora Fischer started taking singing lessons from Maarten Koningsberger and Claron McFadden, and studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Professor Valerie Guillorit. She finished her musicology studies and is now studying philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She won the national finals at the Prinses Christina Concours in 2007.
Rianne Jongsma won prizes at the Prinses Christina Concours in 2006 and 2007. Rianne is first flute player of the Frisian Youth Orchestra and the Dutch Youth Orchestra. She has toured Germany, Poland and Italy. On invitation of the Prinses Christina Concours, she performed at concerts all over the Netherlands, and also in Greece.
Bas Treub began to play the violin as a 6-year old. When he was 13, he was admitted to the Young Talent Department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2006, he won prizes at the Prinses Christina Concours and performed at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. His violin was built in Paris by Emile Germain from 1891and was lent to him by the National Music Instruments Fund.
Andrea Vasi started playing the piano when she was 5 years old. At the age of 10, she was the ‘Young Talent Class’ of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She won important competitions, including the Prinses Christina Concours (2004 and 2006) and the International Steinway Competition (2006). She has performed at concerts throughout the world. She has toured the United States, Canada and Switzerland together with other prize winners of the Prinses Christina Concours. She was asked to be a special guest during many festivals, including at the Gergiev Festival.
The Prinses Christina Foundation aims at the promotion of classical music among youth living in the Netherlands, following Plato's motto "Music makes a better person". It organises 6 competitions throughout The Netherlands, with 500 participants yearly and over
60 jury members. Laureates of the Prinses Christina Concours give concerts all over The
Netherlands France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Japan, Switzerland, Greece,
Denmark, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, the United States and many other countries.
Entry passes are priced at Rs. 100 for members of the Hyderabad Western Music Forum and Rs. 200 for non-members. Please contact Goethe Zentrum at 6552-6443 or the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734 for tickets and further details.