Wiecher Mandemaker

Main subject teacher Choral Conducting

Wiecher Mandemaker is the conductor of the Laurenscantorij, the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Symphony Chorus. He is also principal lecturer in choral conducting at Codarts and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague

Mandemaker studied choral conducting, organ and church music at the Rotterdam Conservatory under Barend Schuurman, Ben van Oosten and Arie J. Keyzer. He participated in master classes with musicians including Uwe Gronostay and Eric Ericson. In 2005, Mandemaker succeeded Barend Schuurman as artistic director of Stichting Laurenscantorij, in which capacity he is the chief conductor of the three aforementioned choirs. He has conducted these choirs in countless performances. He has worked as a choral conductor with conductors including Frans Brüggen, Jaap van Zweden, James Gaffigan, Arie van Beek, Ton Koopman, Jan Willem de Vriend, Pablo Heras-Casado, Harry Christophers and Cristian Măcelaru.

The choral music of J.S. Bach occupies a prominent position in Mandemaker’s repertoire, which extends from the Renaissance to contemporary music. Every month he conducts a Bach cantata and every year he leads a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the historic Laurenskerk in Rotterdam.

Recent highlights have been performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Brahms' A German Requiem with the Residentie Orkest and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. In February 2015, Mandemaker conducted the première of four choruses from John Adams' Death of Klinghoffer in an arrangement by Bob Zimmerman in the Main Hall of De Doelen theatre in Rotterdam. In 2014, he conducted Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov and led a performance of the Mass for Double Choirs by Frank Martin in Istanbul.

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