If you want to get people to listen to classical music in a different way, if you want to create a different experience, if you want to show people what they were never willing or able to see, if you want to connect people in this unique way, then, if it’s at all possible, you’ll need to step off the beaten path of conventional musical or theatrical practices.
With this objective in mind, Villa Stolz plays classical and modern music, often in a theatrical form, with a huge amount of musical commitment.
The musicians of de Stolz:
Marieke Schut is the oboist and founder of the Villa Stolz. In starting Villa Stolz. she realized her dream of playing inspiring music with friends who are top-notch musicians. She has other great loves in her work, such as the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble, where she’s worked with some of the very best composers of our time, including György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Her work in this ensemble gave her the inspiration to start the Ligeti Academy, a place where conservatory students can learn the ins and outs of contemporary music. She’s played under the direction of such notable conductors as Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein. Her two great teachers were Heinz Friesen and Heinz Holliger. Her fascinations include modern theatre and the human brain.
Jellantsje de Vries
Many-sided and innovative are the two qualities most associated with the young violinist Jellantsje de Vries. Her musical activities are extremely diverse – from orchestral to solo, from early music to contemporary, from classical to pop and from traditional to music theatre – nothing is excluded. Music theatre plays an especially large role in her career. Jellantsje began playing the violin at age 6, and has studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Lex Korff de Gidts and Vera Beths, who was her teacher when she received her Master’s Degree with unanimous honors. In addition to playing with de Stolz, she’s a frequent guest with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble and the DoelenEnsemble. Her other important passions are drawing, acting and dancing.
Doris had the privilege of studying with both Dmitri Ferschtman and Melissa Phelps, after which she spent a number of years in Paris studying with Philip Muller. Doris has an enormous passion for Dutch cello music. She and her pianist, Frans van Ruth, are founders of the Dutch Cello Sonata Society (Stichting Cellosonate Nederland). The duo plays many concerts together and has recorded numerous CD’s. Doris is an enthusiastic performer of contemporary music; for the last 10 years she’s been a cellist with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble, where she performed in the cello concertos written specially for her by Dimitris Andrikopoulos and Martijn Padding. She teaches contemporary chamber music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she also teaches lessons in Alexander Technique, an inva- luable and beneficial principle of good posture for musicians.