"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Marieke Hopman

Marieke Hopman is one of the foremost accordionists in The Netherlands. In 2004, she received her Bachelor’s Degree for accordion at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and in the same year received a Bachelor’s Degree for piano at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In May 2009, she graduated summa cum laude for a Master’s Degree in accordion with Geir Draugsvoll at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
As an accordionist, Marieke Hopman acquired ample experience with solo and chamber repertoire in The Netherlands and abroad. During the outdoor concert on the Museumplein, she played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. At the yearly concert in the Royal Palace of The Netherlands, she also performed Mauricio Kagel’s famous Tango Alemán with the composer himself, for Her Majesty the Queen.
At the Gergiev Festival, Marieke Hopman has played in Amsterdam, Antwerp, London and Vienna with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. As a soloist, she also performed with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Asko- Schönberg Ensemble, and with Orkest De Ereprijs. Furthermore, she has also played in various musical theater productions. For the last five years, she has been artistic director of the music theater company !YNX.
Many original compositions were written for Marieke Hopman. She works frequently with prominent contemporary composers such as Martijn Padding, David Dramm, Chiel Meijering, Anke Brouwer, Janco Verduin, and Seung- Ah Oh. In 2010, she started her own foundation Tasty Fingers to promote the instrument in its broadest way possible, and to support the accordion as a professional instrument. In 2012 she presented her first solo cd including pieces from J.S. Bach, G. Frescobaldi and W. Rihm.
Marieke Hopman is also part of accordion quartet Big House, where a strong collaboration with contemporary composers and their music forms the ultimate starting point. Furthermore, since 2013, she works together in a recitalduo with violinist Cécile Huijnen, concert master of The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2010 to 2015, Marieke Hopman was principle tutor accordion at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2015, she is principle tutor accordion at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and artistic leader of the Bach Festival Dordrecht. Marieke plays on an accordion by Pigini Nòva.

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