ENSEMBLES 2012

Arcato Ensemble

Arcato Ensemble

 

The Arcato ensemble is a youth string orchestra for musically gifted string players from the Zutphen area (the Netherlands). The ensemble was founded in 1999 by violin pedagogue Petra Westra. Since 2002 conductor Herman Draaisma conducts parts of the program. The ensemble offers members both a musical as a technical challenge. The violinists play alternately first and second violin parts. The role of concertmaster also varies between members. There is no age limit, but there is a minimum level. This is so maximum results can be achieved in ensemble playing and this way maximum joy in playing together is achieved. In selecting pieces, qualities and development of individual players is taken into consideration. Apart from well-known compositions we want to introduce ensemble players and audience to less known repertoire. This choice makes sure members can develop fully and get to know their own musical preferences. The ensemble plays at (international) festivals and concourses.

 

 

 

Petra Westra

Petra Westra

Artistic leader

Artistic leader Petra Westra (1973, the Netherlands) received her first violin lessons at the age of nine in Emmen. She continued with Margreet Versluis at the music school in Zutphen. Margreet stimulated Petra to start teaching herself. Already during high school Petra teached her first students. At the age of 18 she began her study at the conservatoire in Zwolle with Kees Koelmans. Petra graduated cum laude.

She refused the scholarship offer to study abroad and decided to focus on teaching, her passion. She has got a thriving violin practice with students from all over.

Apart from violin pedagogue, Petra is artistic leader of three youth string ensembles: Preludio, Scala and Arcato. The ensembles offer students the possibility to develop ensemble skills.

 

 

 

Herman Draaisma

Herman Draaisma

Conductor

Conductor Herman Draaisma (1959, the Netherlands) studied clarinet at the Music Pedagogical Academy in Leeuwarden with Gerard van der Weerd. After three years he continued his study with Pierre Woudenberg at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and graduated in 1984. At the same conservatoire Herman graduated in orchestra directing with Lucas Vis. As a (bas-) clarinet player he played in the Radio Philarmonic Orchestra, the Radio Symfonical orchestra and in the Residence Orchestra.

As a conductor he conducts a diversity of orchestra’s. Since November 2001 he conducts string orchestra Zoroaster in Utrecht and since 2002 he conducts the string ensemble Arcato in Zutphen. In 2004 he became director of Brassband ‘De Eendraght’ in Nieuwegein. Apart from this, he conducts projects with wind ensemble ‘Nieuwe Maten’ in Wormerveer and with harmony orchestra ‘Noordenwind’.

According to the young musicians Herman is competent and inspiring, and has feeling for the age-category.

 

 

 

Competition Program

 

W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)   Divertimento in F KV 138
Nico Brandon (1944-)   Tschechische suite
-Moderato
-Herderslied
J. Strauss jr. (1825-1899)   Frühlingsstimmen

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Ch. Avison 1709-1770   Concerto 3 in d minor
A. Piazolla 1921-1992   Oblivion
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)   Divertimento in F KV 138
-Allegro
Nico Brandon (1944-)   Tschechische suite
Moderato
Herderslied
Moravische dans
Finale
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy(1809-1847)   Sinfonia 10
J. Strauss jr. (1825-1899)   Frühlingsstimmen