Accademia Amsterdam

Diversity and frivolity from Amsterdam, whether as duo, ensemble or orchestra. Instrumental chamber music and baroque cantatas to early classical string quintets.

Accademia Amsterdam takes its name from an originally Italian institution, flourishing in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here, art lovers gathered to make music and discuss about philosophical subjects. The musicians of Accademia Amsterdam are inspired by this tradition: together they strive to convey the expressiveness that is hidden in music. This is how the musical friends of Accademia Amsterdam communicate with their public. They achieve this by using the “Speaking Style”,in the Baroque period called Rhetoric. This opens up a colourful emotional world, described as Affect.

Accademia AmsterdamAccademia Amsterdam was founded in 1990 by oboist Onno Verschoor. It consists of musicians educated in the tradition of authentic performance practise, who regularly perform with the most famous European Baroque orchestras. The ensemble gives concerts in the Netherlands and abroad, and has recorded the successful CD “A Choice Collection of Dances”. Frequently, they set up special projects, working with chamber choirs and dance companies. Accademia Amsterdam was guest of honour at the 2006 festival in Solomeo, Italy. This Dutch-Italian resulted in a CD with chamber music of both sides from the Alps, which you can buy in the shop on this website.

Accademia Amsterdam searches for adventure by organising unique projects. Together with baroque dancer Dorothee Wortelboer, the ensemble organized a theatre show on a barge, performed in the famous Oerolfestival in the Netherlands. In 2013 Bach’s Goldberg Variations were played and sung(!) with chamber choir PA’dam. Accademia Amsterdam initiates a project, about Handel’s teacher F.W. Zachow, which includes the execution and recording of all his rarely performed cantatas. You can purchase the first CD with (Christmas) cantatas from this forgotten composer on this website.
You can regularly listen to Accademia Amsterdam in the great oratorios of Bach and Handel, collaborating with renowned conductors and choirs.

Since 2010, Accademia Amsterdam organises an annual summer course for music in beautiful historic locations in Perugia (Italy). You will find more information under the menu: Courses.


Onno Verschoor, oboe / recorder; Mario Topper, oboe; Yukiko Veldman, bassoon / recorder; Jan Pieter van Coolwijk, Mariëtte Holtrop and Evert Jan Schuur, violin; Rachael Yates and Niek Idema, viola; Wilma van der Wardt, cello; Hendrik-Jan Wolfert, violone; Susanne Braumann, viola da gamba; Harjo Neutkens, lute; Stefano Intrieri, continuo.


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