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Guest Artist Biography
JanJoost van Elburg
 
JanJoost van Elburg (1962) finished his studies in choral conducting in 1991. He studied with Barend Schuurman - one of the leading conducting teachers in Holland - at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. Besides that he studied singing with Jelle Drayer (of the Dutch Chamber Choir), Margreet Honig, and with Ghislaine Morgan in England.

JanJoost recently concluded highly successful tenures directing The Renaissance Singers (London, UK), and The Reading Bach Choir (Reading, UK), he currently conducts The Bartholomew Consort (Oxford, UK), The Lelikoor and the Westerkerkkoor (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). He has directed Blackdowns Early Music Festival events each year since 2004.

He is much sought after as a vocal coach both in the UK (e.g. Cantiones, Dundee) and the Netherlands (o.a. Zanzaretta quintet, Ensemble Octagon), a teacher of ensemble technique and training, singing, theory and choral conducting. Upcoming projects: Guest conductor of Polyhymnia (NY City, Sept 2016); Choir of the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague as assistant of Ton Koopman in B-minor Mass (NYC, Nov 2016); a teaching project in collaboration with Paul Phoenix (ex-King’s Singers) in Beijing (the China Conservatory of Music) and Shanghai - school choirs, and at University of Wuhan.

As a singer he has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Tallis Scholars, The Dutch Broadcast Choir, Capella Pratensis, Capella Coloniënsis in Cologne, and his own ensembles on several European tours.

He gives workshops and lectures at home and abroad on invitation i.e. Summer school of Lacock (England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Croatia and Cyprus); Tallis Scholars Summer School (TSSS) with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars from 2000-2003; Music Camp at High Wycombe; Bulgaria European Music Festival 2003) on such subjects as Renaissance & Baroque Music, Madrigals, Flemish polyphony, Tudor Music, and Choral conducting.

In 2004 presided at the jury for the Dutch National Choral Contest. Till recently he was the artistic director of the board of “Le Pavillon” Foundation for choral music. He is the initiator and principal tutor of the highly successful biannual International Choral Conductors' Course (Amsterdam, since 2002) For more than 20 years he has taught at the Summer course of Buitenkunst. 
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