ABOUT BRECHT

COMPOSER, PIANIST

BRECHT

Brecht is a Dutch composer and a pianist. She is the owner of Studio Brecht, a professional recording studio in Almere. She gives recitals and lectures about music, relaxation and concentration.

Brecht studied both piano and oboe at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht. She finds inspiration in works of great composers such as J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. She is also passionate about pop and dance music.

Recently Brecht gave a short lecture and a recital in Princeton on the grand piano of Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (USA). She gives recitals and she’s creating springtospring. A platform for art, concentration and relaxation.

Brecht combines music with images of collections of daily things. Her music is melodic and repetitive. The images use the same rhythm, structure and colors as the music.

TEACHER, COACH

Brecht is an experienced piano teacher for advanced students. She uses music, images and inspiring stories to focus and relax. Brecht is a member of NOBCO*, the association for professional post HBO coaches. (*The NOBCO is held to an ethical code.)

IDEAS: Freedom of thought, discipline and concentration

Brecht is interested in freedom of thought, discipline and concentration. When regular patterns alternate with minor irregularities, this can provide beauty and peace. Consequently she incorporates this into her compositions. From an early age she has been intrigued by all sorts of movements in dance, music, images and texts.

EDUCATION

At the age of 5 Brecht took her first piano and ballet lessons. After passing her VWO exam, Brecht studied both piano and oboe at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht. She also attended lessons in arranging and conducting at the conservatory of Amsterdam. She has a professional education in producing music with Protools.

EXPERIENCE

Brecht gives lectures about music, relaxation and concentration, always combined with a recital. She works with young producers and soloists.

Brecht has played in The Concertgebouw, Vredenburg, De Doelen and Carré as a soloist and as a accompanist. She has played in classical orchestras with famous conductors such as Richard Duffalo and Peter Eotvos and she worked with famous Dutch pop musicians such as Henny Vrienten and Willeke Alberti. For her next project springtospring she works with young producers and musicians from the classical world and the pops scene.

As an artistic producer Brecht developed cross-over performances for “Het Stedelijk Museum”, “De Nederlandse Filmdagen”, and “Het Nederlands Filmmuseum” and publisher “Kluwer”. She participated in various TV programs (Het Uur van de Wolf) and Radio programs.

Brecht has recorded classical and pop solo piano CD’s in The Wisseloordstudio’s and in Stustustudio. Currently she is recording the piano-repertoire of Janacek and she produces dance-production with additional images.

CONCERT PROGRAM 2020

Leoš Janáček is one of Brecht’s favorite composers. In 2020 she will give recitals with poetry of Pia de Jong, writer and columnist of the “NRC”.

BRECHT, WIENJUS & VAN HERK

Brecht, Wienjus and Van Herk work together as musicians/producers. Sander van Herk is a fantastic guitar player and producer, and Stephan Wienjus is an excellent bass-guitar and double bass player in the prestigious orchestra “The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra”. Wienjus and Van Herk are members of the famous band: “Het Goede Doel”.

TEACHERS

Brecht studied piano with both Ton Hartsuiker and Alan Weiss, who is a laureate of the Elisabeth competition. She followed masterclasses with Ivan Movarec, Peter Feuchtwanger, Pascal Rogé and Edith Picht-Axenfeld. In 2018 she attended a masterclass at The School of Juilliard in New York with Joel Smirnoff.

Brecht studied oboe with Ernest Rombout and Jan Spronk, who was the first oboist of The Concertgebouw Orchestra.