Geert Jan van Berg

Juri member of 55° International Choral Singing Competition 2016

Geert-Jan van Beijeren Bergen en Henegouwen received his first piano lessons from Erwin Wiersinga and after completing high school, he studied piano at the conservatory in Groningen with Paul Komen. In January 2002 he successfully graduated. He also studied choral conducting with Louis Buskens at the conservatory in Groningen. Geert-Jan finished his studies in choral conducting in May 2002 by successfully conducting the Requiem of M. Duruflé in a version for soloists, choir, orchestra and organ. Geert-Jan is chiefconductor of the Dualis chamber choir, chamber choir Cantatrix and Toonkunstkoor Bekker in Groningen. He is regularly invited by various choirs as a guest conductor. He is also a regular jury member at several national and international choral festivals. With its chamber choir Cantatrix in 2005 he won first prize at the international competition for choirs in Arezzo in the category of mandatory work. In 2007 won Geert-Jan with his choir Cantatrix the first prize in the competition of the Renaissance international competition for choirs in Tours. Cantatrix increased in the spring of 2008 her first CD, “Contrasts”. At the Concorso Polifonico Seghizzi in Gorizia 2009 Geert-Jan was named best conductor of the festival. Geert-Jan works regularly as guest conductor with professional ensembles such as the Netherlands Radio Choir, Dutch Chamber Choir, Bachkoor Holland and worked in this capacity with famous conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Hartmut Haenchen, Thierry Fischer, Reinbert and many others.