Wim Steinman is artistic leader and conductor of Domestica Rotterdam, which comprises of members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (RPhO). He was piccolo and flute player with this orchestra for 44 years. He followed conducting masterclasses with Valery Gergiev, Ilja Moesin, Jorma Panula, and Anton Kersjes.
Wim conducted the world premieres of the opera Kwasi & Kwami, The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi by Jonathan Dove / Arthur Japin, and Rembrandts Spiegel by Peter Greenaway / Vincent van Warmerdam. In 2003, he made his opera debut with Menottis’ The Telephone and The Medium, followed by Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma. He conducted a staged Le Vin Herbé by Frank Martin with Opera OT during, among others, Operadagen Rotterdam.
Wim was guest conductor with the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, the Nederlands Symfonie Orkest, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble and ‘his own’ Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, he made his debut with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, where he will be conducting again in 2016.
In 2009, a series of staged concerts with renaissance and baroque music begun in the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam. This series, Lof & Lust in de Laurens, was a co-production between the Laurenskerk and Domestica and was supported by Codarts, Hofplein and Prinses Christina Concours. During the 2015-2016 season, the theme is The Four Seasons, with music by Vivaldi and Bach, among others.
“The many tours around the world with the RPhO. The solo performances with this orchestra of Vivaldi’s piccolo concert with Edo de Waart and James Conlon, among others. With Domestica Rotterdam, which I founded, I have been able to conduct fantastic opera productions and concerts, which led me to conduct other orchestras.”
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“The cooperation between Codarts and the fantastic RPhO is a superb opportunity to gain experience with an international orchestra. Frequently, our flute/piccolo students get a chance to play with the orchestra. The flute/piccolo class, with Juliette Hurel, Julie Moulin, and myself, works a team; which the students feel is very positive. We organise regular flute/piccolo concerts.”
What will you teach them?
“I will start giving piccolo lessons the first year, so they learn to make the switch between the flute and the piccolo swiftly and easily, because that is a flutist’s daily practice. Furthermore, I have them explore a lot of solo repertoire for the piccolo, but of course we will also focus on piccolo repertoire from the orchestra practice.”
How will you do this?
“First of all, I have my students work on developing tone, pursuing a nice open and supple sound. That is also when we start playing repertoire from the baroque and orchestra parts suited for this purpose. We will also use suitable flute études. Then, we will continue with original solo concerts, solo pieces and sonatas for the piccolo. And of course the difficult passages from the piccolo orchestra repertoire. There is much to discover, because many flute students have never encountered the piccolo before starting at the conservatoire.”