Vaughan Schlepp graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in New York, where he studied with Maria Luisa Faini. His interest in early music took him to the Netherlands for study with Gustav Leonhardt. As a performer on the harpsichord as well as on the 18th century fortepiano, the 19th century Hammerklavier and the modern piano, Vaughan Schlepp has given numerous recitals and master-classes throughout the world as well as having made recordings for radio, television and compact disc. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the Netherlands and America, and as a chamber musician with such diverse artists as cellist Anner Bijlsma, violinist Lucy van Dael, soprano Barbara Schlick, baritone Max van Egmond and bassist Hans Roelofsen. As continuo and solo organist he has participated extensively in the successful recordings of the complete Bach Cantatas which were released in 2001. His recordings on fortepiano and Ham- merklavier with violinist Antoinette Lohmann and also with countertenor Sytse Buwalda have met with wide acclaim. He has for many years been musical director and arranger for Opera Nijetrijne in Friesland and for the Amsterdam Marionetten Theater with whom he has made a number of successful tours and recordings.
Vaughan Schlepp is intensively involved with modern music and theatre, and is active in Amsterdam as a teacher and coach for both singers and instrumentalists. He is regularly engaged as an Artistic Research advisor at Codarts in Rotterdam.
Since 1989, he has been in demand as an arranger, music typesetter and publisher. He has been given assignments by the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation, Sony, Schott, Annie Bank Editions, Cantus Köln, Anner Bijlsma, Vera Beths, Gustav Leonhardt,
Klaas Posthuma, Gooi en Sticht, the Loeki Stardust Quartet, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Amsterdam Marionetten Theater and the Bredeweg Festival.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.