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Beldman, Winnyfred (1974-Present)

Cellist who started playing at eight years of age and attended the Royal Conservatory in The Hague a few years later.  In the late 1990s, she joined the Ruysdael Quartet.  She played the solo part in Don Quixote by Richard Strauss with the Royal Conservatory orchestra in 1998.  By 1999, she was a member of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra.  The Ruysdael Quartet placed first in the Charles Hennen Competition in 2000 and second in the Avro 2002 Press Award finals.

On 12th August 2002, Winnyfred teamed up with violinist Suzanne de Groot at the Grachtenfestival.  The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Groot Omroepkoor rang in the holidays on 21st December 2002 with Roel van Oosten’s “Quatre Noels Anciens”, Arvo Part’s “Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten”, Alexandre Tansman’s oratorio, Isaie, le Prophete, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”.

On 13th April 2003, Winnyfred, along with violinists Nynke Hylkema and Joris van Rijn and violist Gijs Kramers, performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Strijkkwartet nr 2 in E kl. op. 59”, Claude Debussy’s “Strijkkwartet in G kl. op. 10”, and Igor Stravinsky’s “Concertino voor strijkkwartet”.  She appeared at the Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Center on 14th October 2004 with clarinetist David Kweksilber, flautist Ned McGowan and percussionists Tatiana Koleva and Fedor Teunisse in a program of contemporary music from Cuba.

On 9th July 2005, The Patusan Trio, which comprised David, Winnyfred and percussionist Hans van der Meer, supplied live music for the silent films Lord Jim and Victory at the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum.  One day later, the Ivogels, which consisted of The Patusan Trio and pianist Leo Bouwmeester, offered up an eclectric program that included:  “After You’ve Gone” by Creamer and Layton; “Bad Timing”, “Flappy Rubowsky Sings the Blues”, “Into My Heart” and “What Can I Do” by David Kweksilber; an excerpt from “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; “Interludium” by Paul Hindemith; “Le Cygne” (“The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals) by Camille Saint-Saens; “L’Eternit des Oiseaux” (co-written by David and Winnyfred), “The Naardermeer” by Bernard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer;  and, “Ornithology” by Charlie Parker.

David, Winnyfred and Guus Janssen joined forces on the 27th and 28th of August 2005 for the Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour and a recital at de kerk van Garnwerd of material listed above, plus “Een Futuristische Historie” by David, Guus and Winnyfred, “Galsteen” by Paul Termos, “Passage” and “Walden Pont” by Guus, and “Solitude” by Duke Ellington.  Many of the aforementioned works can be found on Futeristische Historie, which hit the shelves in 2006.

On 23rd April 2006, Winnyfred and clarinetist Rani Heymann and pianist Uzi Heymann interpreted Beethoven’s “Trio opus 11”, Johannes Brahms’ “Trio, Op 114”.  Winnyfred and fellow cellists Rebecca Smit and Annie Tangberg offered up a mixed bag on 15th April 2007 that included music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Scott Joplin, and Zoltan Kodaly.  On 5th May 2007, David and Winnyfred joined pianist Gustavo Corrales and harpist Ernestine Stoop at Musiekgebouw Aaa ‘t Ij for a program that comprised Diana Arismendi’s “Senales en el cielo (I y II)”, Claudio Calderon’s “Toccata Xoropo II”, Paul Desenne’s “Gitane” from “Jaguar Songs”, Juan Francisco’s “Sanz Maricela”, Adina Izarra’s “A traves de algunas transparencias”, Keyla Orozco’s “Estudio del pajarillo”, Alfredo Rugeles’s “Inventio”, and Ricardo Teruel’s “Destilado de Joropo” from “Sonatinadestilada”.

The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Groot Omroepkoor collaborated on Girolamo Abos’s Stabat Mater, which was sandwiched between Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symfonie nr. 83 in g” (“La Poule”) and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Suite uit Nais” on 5th October 2007.  In 2008, Winnyfred appeared on the Metropole Orkest’s CD, Fast City:  A Tribute to Joe Zawinul.  Ensemble Immanuel, which featured Winnyfred, pianist Lauretta Bloomer, soprano Jane Oakland and flautist Karin Leutscher, performed “The Tear-Drop” by Tom Harrold on 23rd May 2008 at the Begijnhof Kerk in Amsterdam.

On 13th December 2008, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Groot Omroepkoor and the Nationaal Kinderkoor celebrated Advent with Mauricio Kagel’s Sankt-Bach-Passion.  Ensemble Immanuel entertained at the Stadhuis/Muziektheater, Boekmanzaal on 17th March 2009 with works of Maurice Ravel and Carl Maria von Weber.  On 17th October 2009, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Groot Omroepkoor served up a mostly French affair that began with Debussy’s “Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune”, continued with Klaas de Vries’ “Wake” and concluded with Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe.  They were joined by the men of the Latvian State Choir on 12th December 2009 to supply music for the actors in Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.

On 18th December 2009, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Groot Omroepkoor and the NationaalKinderkoor honoured the yuletide with Brahms’ “Twee motetten opus 29” (“Es ist das Heil uns kommer her” und “Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz”, Anton Bruckner’s “Ave Maria” and “Virga Jesse floruit” and Ralph Vaughan WilliamsHodie.

The Holland Symfonia opened up 2010 with a trio of concerts at Philharmonie Haarlem, Schouwburg Almere and Theater de Vest Alkmaar that included:  “Ach, ich fuhl”s” from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “E strano – Sempre libera” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi; “Feuerfest” by Josef Strauss; “Fruhlingsstimmen”, “Geshichten aus dem Wienerwald”, “Kunstler Quadrille” and “Unter Donner und Blitz” by Johann Strauss, Jr.; “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide by Leonard Bernstein; “Marietta’s Lied” from Die tote Stadt by Erich Korngold; and, “Ouverture” from Der Freischutz by Weber.

On 13th February 2010, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra presented Pierre Boulez’s “Rituel:  in memoriam Bruno Maderna”, Debussy’s “Iberia”, Matthias Pintscher’s “Reflections on Narcissus voor cello en orkest” and Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso”.  They paired Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Konzert fur Klavier und Orchester Nr. 1 fis-Moll op. 1” with Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Sinfonie Nr. 7 C-Dur op. 60” (“Leningrad”) on 9thMarch 2010.

On 17th April 2010, Winnyfred paired up with organist Henk Verhoef at the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam.  You can hear her cello stylings on the Ruysdael Kwartet’s CD, Avro Klassiek Presenteert, on which they interpret works by Bela Bartok, Haydn, Anton Webern, and Hugo Wolf.

Here she is performing cello on “Eiland van Verpozing” by Meike Veenhoven…