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Tjeerd Barkmeijer

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Tjeerd Barkmeijer


Tjeerd Barkmeijer is a Dutch conductor and conductor.

Mr. Barkmeijer is a recent graduate of the conducting course of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester (UK), where he obtained his Master of Music in Performance with distinction.

The highlight of his career so far was conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Other professional orchestras he conducted include the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia and musicians of Manchester Camerata. Both inside and outside the RNCM, Tjeerd conducted staged opera and operetta performances, including works by Gluck, Mozart, Dvorak, and Britten.

As assistant conductor, Tjeerd gained valuable experience while assisting Vasily Petrenko, Sir Mark Elder, Andrew Manze and Antony Hermus, amongst others, with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and North Netherlands Orchestra.

A fervent advocate of lesser-known 20th-century works and new music, Tjeerd premiered new compositions for symphony orchestra with RNCM's Brand New Orchestra in 2018 and 2019, and newly written film scores for 1920s surrealist silent movies in 2018. 2021 sees him conducting the Dutch new music ensemble orkest de ereprijs, amongst others.

Since the beginning of his studies, Tjeerd has paid special attention to orchestration and arranging, and he has now written many arrangements for various orchestrations and occasions. At the RNCM he followed the courses in arranging and composition with professor Adam Gorb, which allowed also his creativity in composing to find its way.

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