Laurens de Man (1993) is a multi-faceted musician, active both as a pianist and an organist, playing chamber music as well as appearing as a soloist. He earned masters degrees in both piano and organ (with honors and cum laude, respectively) and studied harpschichord at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with David Kuyken, Jacques van Oortmerssen and Johan Hofmann.
From October of 2017 on he continued his studies at the Berlin Universität der Künste with Leo van Doeselaar (Konzertexamen Orgel). Laurens won various competition and in 2018 he was awarded the Sweelinck-Muller prize, a stipend for promising young organists. Since 2012 Laurens has been pianist with the Chimaera Trio and since january of 2012 Laurens is the head organist of the Janskerk in Utrecht, where he plays a Bätz-Witte organ from 1861.
“When I was about nine years old I found a beautiful old, german Bachbook in a pile of tossed sheet music. I immediately saw that this was the real deal. Ever since that discovery, this music- that has proven itself over hundreds of years, survives the most far-ranging interpretations and audiences- has remained close to me. I have played and studied his music continuously, recorded a Bach CD, have performed his music with dancers, on radio and television, and have even played it on melodica and a harmonium. Doing this, the historical interpretation, style, rethoric, context and symbology really peek my interest. Bach’s music is of an unsurpassed beauty and power. Just about all of humanity could find comfort and solace in it, and I love contributing to its reach!”
Jacqueline Hamelink has developed a method to play the music of Bach with her cello in the most intimate way for her audience. Her personal interpretation of the music is closely related to the original intention with which the music is composed, entirely in accordance with the musical rhetoric and the theory of affect. During the Food experience she brings A taste of Bach with four outstanding musicians which she trained in her method. When they play, the music becomes a recipe for pure happiness.