Codarts alumni

“I want to practice my trade as best I can”

Lisse Knaapen, Musical Awards nominee, played the lead in the musical Sky.

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Student Life

Recipe 1: High energy pasta

At Codarts we believe health is a important part of your career. Food variety and a healthy diet will take you to the top.

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Codarts alumni

Column: Exploring Rotterdam – part 3

Roufaida Aboutaleb graduated from the Pop Department at Codarts in the summer of 2016. Now, she is attracting attention with her band Southbound. Each month she writes about her life as a musician, about Rotterdam and what is happening in town. The InterCity train connects two worlds that are important to me. On the one hand my hometown of Rotterdam, where my company Southbound is and on the other hand Amsterdam, where I have recently joined the team of a creative PR agency for three days a week. At the end of one working day, I walk from the office to the Q-Factory, where a sort of Ajax – Feyenoord takes place, but in a friendly sense, with lots of music! Here they stand, shoulder to shoulder, the two front men of institutionalised pop music: Wessel Coppes and Jack Pisters. The flag-bearers of the two biggest pop music schools in the Netherlands have come up with a new band night, on which both cities programme part of the evening. They watch their ‘offspring’ with obvious pride. From blues to electro pop and everything in between. The bands exchange work and meet new people. The evening turns into a real classic, without hooligans or any competitive element, but with fan clubs that cheer for every goal each teams scores. The Conservatory of Amsterdam and Codarts are of course strongly linked to their respective cities, which makes their DNA different to the core. ‘Working class’ Rotterdam has traditionally been the main supplier of session musicians, with a focus on technique and craftsmanship, whereas ‘creative’ Amsterdam places more emphasis on composition and innovation. Still, there is considerable overlap between the curricula of both institutes: in Rotterdam there is also much creation, just like there are technically skilled musicians to be found in Amsterdam. I don’t hear any …

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Codarts alumni

“Nobody tells me what kind of artist I am”

"Because of my rich and varied background I can now make my own kind of pop music.”

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Codarts alumni

“We developed our own musical identity”

Just back from the United States, Chef' Special is now finishing their latest album.

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Behind the scenes

“This is a very special experience”

From 24 – 26 October the famous Cory Henry was in Rotterdam to give workshops to Codarts students.

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Codarts alumni

“Dance makes me aware of something bigger”

In 2005 Codarts graduate Milou Nuyens (31) won the TV-show 'Best Young Dancer of the Netherlands' and ‘Best Young Dancer of Europe’.

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Behind the scenes

What’s in my bag?

Dancing shoes, a diabolo or drum sticks? In this section students tell what's in their bag.

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Behind the scenes

“Playing at the Sziget Festival was a great honour”

De Leif de Leeuw Band played at the Sziget Festival. “Everyone was going out of their skulls on our music.”

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Behind the scenes

Taking the stage as soloist in Mexico

This summer Karen Su took the stage as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato – in Mexico.

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Codarts alumni

Column: Exploring Rotterdam – part 2

Roufaida Aboutaleb graduated from the Pop Department at Codarts in the summer of 2016. Now, she is attracting attention with her band Southbound. Each month she writes about her life as a musician, about Rotterdam and what is happening in town.

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