Bas de Vroome

About

Bas de Vroome ( born 1962) started studying the organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen in 1974, and continued his study at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam with Piet Kee and Klaas Bolt in 1980. He graduated ‘summa cum laude’ in 1986. After his organ study at the conservatory, he studied the carillon with Todd Fair and Arie Abbenes at the Nederlandse Beiaardschool, from which he graduated cum laude.

He won eight first and second prizes at national and international organ competitions, amongst others in Deventer, Nijmegen, St. Albans and Roeselare. In 1994, he won the 2nd international carillon competition in Groningen. Since then, he is regularly asked to take part in judging panels during competitions.

He is carillonneur in Vlaardingen, Rijnsburg, Naaldwijk, Wateringen, de Lier en Spijkenisse. He pursues himself intensively with school projects about the carillon for many years, to draw the attention of the pupils to the carillon. Bas de Vroome is appointed by the PKN in Delft as principal organist of the Old and New Church, where he has four historical organs at his disposal. In the New Church, he played during the burial of his royal highness Prince Claus, Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard, and he played during the wedding service of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel.

Since 1994, Bas de Vroome is appointed as professor for the organ department at Rotterdam Conservatoire, now Codarts. Besides organ, he teaches didactics and basso continuo.

Bas recorded 12 CD’s, amongst which an integral recording of the works of Hugo Distler. Recently, he obtained the Artist Diploma for the harpsichord with Fabio Bonizzoni at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.

Motivation

Three questions for Bas de Vroome:

Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

"Codarts is a particularly inspiring environment for organ students. In the first place because of the varied range of teachers. The international team consists of different (musical) personalities and you get to know everyone intensively during your training. The teachers have clear accents in the repertoire they teach, but they all think all-round. In addition to a lot of tradition, there is also adventure so that you can develop in many ways."

What are you going to teach them?

"My emphasis is on music before 1800. Dealing with the old interesting organs in Rotterdam and the surrounding area (Charlois, 't Woudt, Kabinetorgel Oude Kerk Delft) is a challenge to bring this delicate music to life in this time. The four harpsichords also help you gain a better understanding of the Renaissance and Baroque styles from the different countries through a minor study. Playing together is essential (and enjoyable) for an organist. I would be happy to guide you through the wonderful repertoire for soloist and organ and the basso continuo lessons will help you to master the harpsichord."

How are you going to do that?

"Personal attention is a great asset. In a hectic world with a lot of performance drive, it is important that you not only grow as a musician, but also as a person. It is a real challenge for both student and teacher to enter each other's world so that every lesson is different, not only through repertoire and instruments, but also through musical and personal experiences."

Awards

1980 Eerste prijs Albert Schweizerconcours Deventer 1984 Tweede prijs Internationaal Orgelconcours Nijmegen 1987 Tweede prijs Internationaal Orgelconcours Saint-Albans 1989 Eerste prijs Internationaal Orgelconcours Roeselare 1994 Eerste prijs Internationaal Beiaardconcours Groningen