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). Twice he was guest conductor for the Nonsuch Singers in London and has directed Blackdowns Early Music Festival events each year since 2004, including the biannual GRAND BAROQUE series in Exeter Cathedral.
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. In 2016 he was invited to work with Polyhymnia in NYC. He worked with the Choir of the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague as an assistant of Ton Koopman in B-minor Mass in collaboration with The Juilliard School in New York (Boston and NYC, Nov 2016), and in 2018 he tutored the second project at the Royal Conservatoire. Upcoming projects: Guest conductor at the CORO DE MADRIGALISTAS DE BELLAS ARTES in Mexico.
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, Cyprus and Tobago); Tallis Scholars Summer School (TSSS) with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars from 2000-2003; Music Camp at High Wycombe; Bulgaria European Music Festival) on such subjects as Renaissance & Baroque Music, Madrigals, Flemish polyphony, Tudor Music, and Choral Conducting. In the past, he has 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. Since 2002 he was the principal tutor of the highly successful International Choral Conductors' Course.
For more than 25 years he has taught at the Summer course of Buitenkunst.