Martijn Willers

Martijn Willers had his first piano lessons at the age of six with Nel Köhler. Later he studied with Noor Relijk. In 1998, he won second prize at the Competition of the Foundation for Young Musical Talent in The Netherlands. He entered the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied with Marcel Baudet (1998-1999) and Mila Baslawskaja 1999-2003). In 2005, he finished his Master studies, after two years of study with David Kuyken. Martijn is now continuing his studies with Mrs. Norma Fischer. As a soloist, he had masterclasses with Jan Wijn (1997), Willem Brons, Vladimir Tropp (1998, 2005) and Mikhail Voskresensky (Holland Music Sessions 2006).

In 2006, he won the SNS Reaal Foundation Masterclass Prize in the final of the “Vriendenkrans Competition” in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Martijn has been a passionate chamber music player ever since the first years of his studies.

Since 2006, he has a duo with cellist Joris van den Berg, with whom he performs regularly in the main halls of The Netherlands, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Vredenburg in Utrecht. The duo won third prize in the International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Pörtschach, Austria in August 2008. In the 2009-2010 season they will perform a.o. Rachmaninoff’s cello sonata in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He also is a member of Trio Contrasten Amsterdam with Fleur Bouwer (clarinet) and Maria Milstein (violin). Recently, the trio did a series of 11 concerts in the main halls of The Netherlands under the name The Debut, recorded by the Concert Radio Broadcast in The Netherlands.

In several combinations, he had masterclasses and lessons with a.o. Ralph Kirshbaum, Colin Carr, Quirine Viersen, Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Riebl, Pascal Devoyon, Philippe Grafin.

Martijn is playing on a Steinway grand piano build in 1909, made available by the Dutch Music Instrument Foundation.