Jeroen de Groot & Bart van de Roer
Jeroen de Groot & Bart van de Roer

Dutch musicians perform in Algarve

Amigos de Música announce April concerts at Os Agostos country estate

Dutch musicians Jeroen de Groot (violin) and Bart van der Roer (piano) will give two concerts this month at Os Agostos country estate, near Santa Bárbara de Nexe.

On Tuesday, April 26, the two musicians will play pieces by Bach, Brahms and Beethoven. On Thursday, April 28, Jeroen and Bart will perform pieces by Grieg, Saint-Saens, Ysaÿe and Ravel.

Jeroen de Groot was born in 1961 and, from the age of 11, studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music in Amsterdam. He won the Oskar Back National Violin Competition in 1985, which gave him a scholarship to continue his studies in Salzburg and Paris.

Whilst still a student, he won prizes at the ARD Musikwettbewerb in Munich and the international music contest in Scheveningen. Jeroen also won the Zilveren Vriendenkrans of The Concertgebouw and the Medaille d’Or at the Bordeaux Jeunes Solistes competition. He also plays as one of a duo with pianist Bernd Brackman and as a member of an orchestra.

Jeroen has given concerts throughout Europe, USA, South America, Canada and Japan. His violin is an Amati from about 1660. Andrea Amati (1505-1577) created the first violin, viola and cello in Cremona, Italy.

Bart van de Roer was born in 1972 and had his first piano lessons when he was nine. In 1997, he graduated from the Sweelinck Conservatorium. As a student, he participated in a number of masterclasses and had lessons with several eminent musicians. He founded the Storioni Trio with Marc and Wouter Vossen. The trio has been very successful and have performed at many major concert halls, such as The Carnegie, Wigmore and The Concertgebouw. They also founded the Storioni Festival, an annual international chamber music festival in and around Eindhoven. Bart has won many competitions including the Steinway. Bart is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Codarts Rotterdam University.

The Amigos de Música is an international group of around 120 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organisation celebrating its 31st anniversary this year.

Entry donation is €30 per person for guests and non-members, payable in advance by bank transfer (see www.amigos-de-musica.org for full details).

For concert bookings, email reservasconcertos@gmail.com 

For membership enquiries, email helga.hampton@gmail.com