trio burlesco biography

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Trio Burlesco was founded in the beginning of 2004 by Saskia Plagge (cello), Arno Stoffelsma (clarinet) and Cathelijne Noorland (piano). Both Saskia and Arno had performed with Cathelijne many times when they came up with the idea to form a trio. Already after working for a short period of time the ensemble won the audition for a concert tour organized by “Stichting Muziek in Huis”. This tour took them to many small venues in the Netherlands. In 2006 the Trio Burlesco was selected for the prestigious concert series “Het Debuut” which took them to all the main concert halls in the Netherlands including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Vredenburg in Utrecht. They also performed in the concert series “Young Professionals in Music”. In 2008 Trio Burlesco won the audience-, the press- and the AVRO-prize at the Vriendenkrans- competition of the Concertgebouw. The AVRO prize gave the trio the opportunity to record a CD. Trio Burlesco performed many times on radio and TV, both in the Netherlands and internationally. Apart from taking many chambermusic lessons with Dutch musicians, in 2008 Trio Burlesco also participated in a masterclas by Menahem Pressler.

The repertoire for clarinet trio is relatively unknown, but apart of the masterpieces written by Beethoven and Brahms, there are many other beautiful works for this combination of instruments. The Trio also takes great interest in contemporary (Dutch) music. Young talented composers, among them Max Knigge and Matthias Kadar, wrote works for the trio. They also worked with the well-known Dutch composer Theo Loevendie. In 2007 the trio played a series of world premières in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam at the Suite Muziekweek, a festival dedicated to contemporary music.

Arno Stoffelsma (1982) was born into a musical family. At age 7 his mother became his first clarinet teacher. In 1994, when he was 11 years old, he was accepted at the Young-Talent Class of the Conservatory of Amsterdam with teacher Herman Braune. In 2000, after graduating from High School, he started the Bachelor of Music program, studying with teacher George Pieterson. In 2004 he received his Bachelor’s Degree cum-laude and in 2007 he finished the Master of Music program, again cum-laude.

Arno has participated in several master classes, both in- and outside The Netherlands. Amongst others, his teachers were Karl Leister, Thomas Friedli, José Luis Estellés and Sabine Meyer. He also had ensemble-lessons from Michael Gieler, Han de Vries, Brian Pollard and George Pieterson.

In 1999 and 2000 Arno was prize-winner at the Prinses Christina Competition. In addition, at age 17 he won a second prize at the Young Talent of the Year competition. In 2001, Arno won a first prize at this same competition. In 2004, Arno, together with pianist Cathelijne Noorland, was a finalist in the “Silver Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw”. Together with Saskia Plagge and Cathelijne Noorland he forms Trio Burlesco. This trio won the “Debuut” concert series for 2006 which took  them to all the main concert venues in the Netherlands. In 2008 the trio won the audience-, the press- and the AVRO-prize at the Vriendenkrans competition, which gave them the opportunity to record a CD.

Arno played in solo-performances with the Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest in 2000. Summer 2005 he made a solo-tour with the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, taking him to concert venues in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Autumn 2006 Arno performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto 9 times with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.

Apart from playing as a soloist and as a chamber musician,  Arno has great interest in orchestral playing. He was Principal Clarinet of the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands from 1998 - 2002. In the Winter of 2002, he was Principal and E-flat Clarinetist in the National Youth Orchestra. From Summer 2002 Arno has held the position of Principal Clarinet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. With this Orchestra, he toured all of Europe and  worked with renowned conductors such as James Conlon, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Bernard Haitink. In the Summer 2004, Arno attended the Pacific Music Festival of the Vienna Philharmonic where he worked with Valery Gergiev. In October of 2003, Arno won the audition for Principal Clarinet at the North-Netherlands Orchestra. In December of 2003 he won the audition for Principal Clarinet at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra where he was employed from August 2004 – August 2005. After a couple of years of active freelance working with orchestras in both the Netherlands and abroad (i.e. Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Bayerische Rundfunk and  Bayerische Staatsorchester) Since September 2007 Arno is co-principal clarinet of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.

Arno recorded several CD’s with the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the National Youth Orchestra. He also recorded a promotional CD for the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Arno performs regularly on radio and TV, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Saskia Plagge was born in 1979 in Haarlem. At the age of five she started taking cello-lessons with her father. After that she studied with Harro Ruijsenaars, Michel Dispa, Dmitry Ferschtman and Gregor Horsch. 

Also she studied the baroque cello with Wouter Möller. She took masterclasses with Ralph Kirschbaum, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Valter Despalij, Heinrich Schiff, Menahem Pressler and George Pieterson.

At the age of twelve she performed as a soloist with the Noord-Hollands Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then she regularly performed as a soloist with several orchestras.

Both in 1993 and 1996 Saskia won a first prize at the “Inter Provinciaal Muziek Concours” and the national competition of “Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland”. These prizes lead to solo performances in Norway, Slovenia and Poland. Saskia also won several prizes at the “Prinses Christina Competition”, amongst others the “Gaudeamusprize” for contemporary music. These prizes gave her the opportunity to perform in Paris and make concert tours to Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Saskia takes great interest in participating in chamber music. She was a prize winner at the International Charles Hennen Competition for chamber music and she gave many chamber music concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and South-Africa. Since 2004 she forms Trio Burlesco together with clarinettist Arno Stoffelsma and pianist Cathelijne Noorland. This trio performed in several concert series, including ‘het Debuut’ and ‘Young Professionals in Music’. The trio also made several radio recordings and performed on Dutch TV in the program ‘Vrije Geluiden’. In 2008 the trio won the audience-, the press- and the AVRO-prize at the Vriendenkrans competition of the Concertgebouw, which gave them the opportunity to record a CD. Also she regularly performs in recitals with pianist Noriko Yabe.

In 2004 Saskia graduated from the orchestral academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She actively works as a freelance musician with several orchestras in the Netherlands (including the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra). Since September 2008 Saskia is permanet member at the Brabants Orchestra.

Saskia plays on a cello built in 1872 by the violin maker Vuillaume in Paris.

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 Cathelijne Noorland (1983) started taking piano lessons with Frank Fahner at the age of eight. At age ten she took lessons with Benno Pierweijer at the Conservatory of Enschede. In 1999 she was invited to study with Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam as his youngest pupil. Since 2004 she continued her study in Amsterdam with Mila Baslawskaja. In 2007 she received her Bachelor’s Degree and in 2009 she finished the Master of Music program, specializing in chamber music. Cathelijne not only plays solo piano but is also very involved in chamber music.

Cathelijne received national and international prizes and is a laureate of the “Prinses Christina Competition” (’98, ’99, ’01 and ’03), the “International Steinweg Wettbewerb Germany”, the “SJMN Competition”, the “International Charles Hennen Competition” and the “Zonnewende Competition”. During the Prinses Christina Competition of 1999 and 2003 she received the “PRC Bouwcentrumprize” awarded to the best accompanist during the competition. In 2004, together with clarinettist Arno Stoffelsma, she was a finalist in the “Silver Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw”. Together with Arno Stoffelsma and Saskia Plagge she forms “Trio Burlesco”. This trio won the “Debuut” concert series for 2006 which took them to all the main concert venues in the Netherlands. In 2008 the trio won the audience-, the press- and the AVRO-prize at the Vriendenkrans competition, which gave them the opportunity to record a CD.

Cathelijne has participated in several master classes, both in- and outside The Netherlands. Amongst others, here teachers were Menahem Pressler, Rudolf Jansen, Jan Wijn, Tan Crone, Rian de Waal, Joanna MacGregor and Stephen Kovacevich. She also had ensemble-lessons from Theo Olof, Stefan Metz, George Pieterson, Nobuko Imai, and Han de Vries. Cathelijne performs on a regular basis both in the Netherlands and abroad. She played in most of the important concert venues of the Netherlands including the Concertgebouw. She made several concert tours abroad, organized by the “Prinses Christina Competition”, taking her to the United Arab Emirates, Japan, France, Greece, Switzerland, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. She also performed in England, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Albania. In October 2003 she travelled for the second time to Japan, accompanying the finalists of the “Prinses Christina Competition”. From Japan she went on to New York to perform with the winners of the “Prinses Christina Competition” in the Carnegie Recital Hall. Cathelijne performs regularly on radio and TV, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

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