Children’s Concert: Saturday, March 28, 2020 Location: Pianola Museum located at Westerstraat 106 1015MN Amsterdam
2 Concerts: Concert 1 ~ 16:30 to 17:15 | Concert 2 ~ 17:45 to 18:30
On Heleen Verleur’s George Sand & Chopin:
If you want to know more about George Sand, read the autobiography “The history of my life” or “A disturbed relationship” by George Sand and Solange Clésinger-Sand. “A winter on Marjorca” George Sand also gives you an impression of what it may have been like .. through the eyes of Sand!
If you want to know more about Frédéric Chopin, read the “Chopin” biography by Adam Zamoyski.
If you want to know more about Heleen Verleur’s compositions, read “Female composers” by Renée Berthe de Graaf, which can be ordered from Libris and others.
Heleen Verleur is a pianist and composer. She studied classical piano at the Hilversums Conservatory and did light music piano as a minor. After her studies she received private composition lessons from composer Jeff Hamburg.
Heleen has always been interested in the combination of story and music: she wrote musical accompaniments to a number of children’s books, such as “The Angel and the Devil” by children’s book writer Sanne de Bakker. Heleen composed for various ensembles and orchestra. In 2009 Heleen won the first prize in the composition competition of reed quintet Calefax. In 2013 she received the first prize at the Spanish composition competition of HispaSong International. In 2014 she was the finalist of the Keuris Composers Competition. Heleen wrote a series of “Piano Trios for Early Learners”. In the meantime she has written more than thirty trios for beginning instrumentalists. Her passion is to have children play together at a high level as early as possible. Three parts of her piano trios have already appeared with Alfred UK. Her “Tango Piano Trio” for advanced users has been published by Broekmans & van Poppel. Other works are housed at Matching Arts www.ma-collective.com and Donemus, including her “Piano Animals” for four-handed and six-handed piano. Heleen gives piano lessons in Amsterdam and Almere according to the Suzuki method, where children learn to play an instrument at a very early stage, because music is actually a kind of language that everyone can learn!
For a year now, Heleen has been acting as an actress and pianist in her own performance “Chopin and George Sand”, now performed several times at home and abroad. If you have become curious about further compositions by Heleen, you can find these via her website: www.heleenverleur.org