Merel has presented her research on emotional responses to music in advertising (an electrodermal activity study) at the Ninth Triennal Conference of the Europeon Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music in Manchester: Escom2015. It was received very well, and the abstract is available upon request.
Live TV broadcast from the Amsterdam Tropentheater: Mirovia Quartet + Michael Gieler (KCO) and Anton Spronk (winner Cellobienale). Strauss, Webern and Brahms on the programme. 20 august at 21:30, NPO Cultura.
Ravel’s exhilarating Duo for Violin and Cello is now out on the Just Listen label! Merel recorded the Allegro and Tres Vif of this Sonata with Georgian cellist Ketevan Roinishvili in the highest possible audio format, DSD. You can find the recording on the album “8 ensembles in 1 bit”. Enjoy!
This Autumn Merel will perform the beautiful violin concerto by Johannes Brahms with both the Symfonieorkest BBS and the Nijmeegs Studentenorkest. Performances will be on the 28th of November and the 15th and 18th of December and venues will include De Vereeniging concert hall in Nijmegen.
Today Merel recorded a new composition by Willem Jeths, based on a short, very dark story by Kaatje Kaaij. Brilliant music that fits extremely well with the character of the story. It will be on air tomorrow (March 11) at 18:30 + Thursday (March 12) 10:30 at the Klassieken + after 18:00 in Passagio, all on Dutch Radio4
Merel and Willem Jeths working on the recording. Willem is currently the Dutch National Composer (Componist des Vaderlands).
This Monday Merel will appear on Dutch TV channel NPO Cultura in Opium op 4 (19:35 onwards), performing “Sprookjes” by Mathilde Wantenaar with pianist Tobias Borsboom. This beautiful composition won the Jury & Audience Prize at the Alba Rosa Vietor Composition Contest last September, and Merel’s performance back then can be found on Vimeo:
On the 24th and 25th of September, Merel will receive masterclasses from prof. Zakhar Bron at the Russian Culture Centre and the Richard Wagner Konservatorium in Vienna. Prof. Bron is considered one of the best violin pedagogues and his students have included Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov.
Merel has collaborated with harpist Remy van Kesteren, trompet player Eric Vloeimans and with her brand-new string quartet, the Mirovia Quartet on the CD “Memento”, which contains Spanish and Brazilian music. The CD reached #1 in the international iTunes album charts, and got good reviews in Dutch newspapers such as Trouw.