The initial aim of Switch was to discover the existing repertoire for this combination; now, new works by talented young composers are being added. The name Switch was adopted from a piece of the same name written for the duo by Alejandro Castaños.
The duo's first concert was in the Arnold Schönberg concert hall in The Hague in March 2004, when the work Switch was premièred and Dmaathen by Iannis Xenakis was performed. The duo reached the semifinal of the Vriendenkrans competition of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. They played at the KEN festival in Glasgow (2004), won the Link competition in Tilburg (2005), and reached the semifinal of the prestigious Gaudeamus concours (2007).
Erik-Jan de With
Erik-Jan de With took his finals cum laude with distinction at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2005. He substitutes with a number of orchestras and ensembles, including the Residentie Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, the Gelders Orchestra, De Volharding, the Doelen Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Erik-Jan de With is a member of the Python saxophone quartet, with which he won the prestigious Vandoren Competition, and for which Louis Andriessen wrote the opera Inanna. He was also co-founder of Ensemble Klang. Highlights of Klang were performances in New York in collaboration with the composer Oscar Bettison and the Eliza Miller Dance Company, and collaboration with Heiner Goebbels at the Heiner Goebbels Festival in The Hague. With the Anstatt dass trio Erik-Jan de With is mainly involved in ‘entartete musik' and particularly the wonderful repertoire based on texts by Bertolt Brecht.
Joey Marijs gained his Master's in 2005 at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and studied with Wim Vos, Luuk Nagtegaal and Hans Zonderop. He already played as a student with the Residentie Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, the Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, Slagwerkgroep Anumadutchi and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. In the same period Joey Marijs was actively involved in projects around Gyorgy Kurtag and Steve Reich. He reached the semifinal of the Tromp percussion competition in 2006. He was co-founder of the ensemble Klang and plays with the Anstatt Dass Trio, which presents ‘entartete' music in a unique manner, particularly music based on texts by Bertolt Brecht.
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