Francis Ng (master voice) and Agata Pośnik (master cello) received a Hartman Award 2020 from the Hartman Fund Foundation on Friday 10 July. The awards, each € 1,000 in size, were presented online by Marc Hartman, son of the founder and namesake of the foundation, Wim Hartman. The jury report: Francis Ng Listening to tenor Francis Ng everyone will be immediately overwhelmed by his versatile voice, refined legato and impressive musical personality. Francis reached a high level of excellence in every vocal and musical aspect. Being always prepared and motivated makes him a great joy for all the teachers to work with. As a singer and artist, after two years of master studies, he is now fully equipped to take the next steps as a young professional. In his artistic research trajectory Francis wanted to fully benefit from all the possibilities present at Codarts and to build a relevant network for his future as an artist. As a researcher Francis was actively developing new ways to perform the well known bel canto repertoire, which has a very long tradition. By doing this research Francis not only became the expert in the field of making free embellishments, but he also implemented his research results in his performances in a very creative and personal way. As an upcoming tenor in this way he adds something unique and personal to the tradition of bel canto singing. When being asked how he would describe his motivation to sing, Francis responded: “I find ultimate joy in singing because music connects humans and transcends individuality into community.” Francis graduated cum laude and is considered an exemplary candidate to receive the Hartman award 2020. Agata Pośnik Agata has a combination of distinctive characteristics which we do not see often combined within one person: an open and inquisitive attitude, highly …
Annika’s Music Experience, AME, is a music lessons studio for the young musical mind. The studio is located in the Coolhaven Collective building, where different art forms come together, like dance, fashion, music and much more. Read the interview with Annika below!
Graduation day is always special, but being in the class of 2020 is extra special. Via Zoom twenty-five gifted dancers, mostly abroad, celebrated their graduation. With warm words from teachers, funny student video’s and finally graduation caps throwing in the air!
Last week Codarts Pop Zoom took place. An online mini showcase for Pop students, organized via a Zoom-meeting. In this way, the students were able to (virtually) meet some people from the field of music promotion, to ask questions and to show them their work. Read here all the great advices our students received.
Special circumstances ask for special measures. This year eight students received dance grants via a Zoom-meeting!
Because of the Covid-19 Lock down, the “backing vocals” exam of Codarts Pop is slightly different this year. We've decided to invite guest singer Martin van der Starre, to record “With a little help from my friends” on a backing track made by students of Codarts. All singers had to record and film their backing-parts at home. The result is amazingly good!
Rotterdam will undergo a green metamorphosis. This week, the city council announced that it will invest 233 million euros in seven major projects in the coming years.
A new music video! In the Grote Zaal of de Doelen – and in close collaboration with de Doelen – Classical Music students directed by conductor Mikel Fernandez Rodríguez recorded the 2nd and 3rd movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
Read here the interview with Codarts Popstudent Amina Sahli. She tells us about her first single 'Morgen' which she released during the Coronacrisis.