Symfonia Jong Twente
Symfonia Jong Twente is a youth symphony orchestra located in the eastern part of The Netherlands (Twente region). The orchestra was founded in 1973 and has about 60 members in the age of 13 - 25 years old. Most musicians are having lesson from music schools, private teachers or are preparing for Conservatory of Music to become professional. The conductor of Symfonia Jong Twente is Alexander Geluk.
The goal of the orchestra is to reach a high musical level and still maintaining a comfortable environment in which everyone can develop themselves. Symfonia Jong Twente plays not only classical, but also other genres like opera and film music.
Twice a year the orchestra rehearses a new program for concerts on multiple locations in The Netherlands and Germany. Symfonia Jong Twente also travels around the world; the latest concert trips were to Italy (2003), Czech Republic (2006) and Poland (2008).
Alexander Geluk studied orchestral conducting with Taijiro Iimori and cello with Robert Dispa at the Conservatories of Arnhem and Enschede where he graduated as a Cellist and Orchestra Conductor. Earlier he already graduated as a Choir Conductor. His subsequent career was filled by conducting symphony orchestras and choirs.
At present Alexander holds positions as principal or chief conductor with: Van Wassenaer Consort, Symfonia Jong Twente, Eastgelders Symphony Orchestra and Arnhem Oratorio Choir. Also is Mr. Geluk engaged as a regular guest conductor with, among others, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Krakow) and the New Chamber Philharmony of Europe. He has worked as a conductor with the Oostnederlands Kamer Orkest, Deventer Student Orchestra, Euregio Jugend Symphonie Orchester and Twents Symfonie Orkest, Il Concerto Barocco, Kammersinfonieorchester Darmstadt, Continuo Rotterdam, Gelders Begeleidings Orkest, Royal Symphony Orchestra 'Cecilia' , University Orchestra Enschede, Opera Jong Twente, Orchestra and Choir of University IJselland, Pro Musica Münster, Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, Neue Ruhr Kammerphilharmonie, Bonner Operisten. Conservatory Orchestra Enschede and Neue Ruhr Kammer Philharmonie. He also was assistant conductor with the National Travel Opera and eight years as principal guest conductor with the Nairobi Orchestra and besides conducting regular concerts in the Netherlands he also conducted in the Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Germany, Kenya and Italy.
In addition to conducting the mentioned ensembles -both professional and amateur- he also created several compositions. One particular composition of Alexander Geluk; the 'Montferland Ballade', was extremely well received both by the audience and the press, the latter in a review calling it; a 'very well composed piece of art, which appeals to the imagination' and '...Geluk is a master of the impressionistic atmosphere...'.
|Tjoonk||Dances of Nature|
Additional Concerts Program
|Grieg||Symphonic Dances 1 & 4|
|Tjoonk||Dances of Nature|
|Hardiman||Lord of the Dance|