The Leiderdorps Chamber Orchestra (LKO)
The LKO-Orchestra is a symphony orchestra which originally was founded to accompany choirs in the region of the city of Leiden, the Netherlands. After many successful years it started with its own symphonic programme, and under the leadership of conductor Stephan Pas it developped into a well-disciplined ensemble with CD productions and an outstanding repertoire, including several world premieres. The orchestra also has its own programme to train young choir-conductors.
Stephan Pas - conductor
Stephan Pas studied clarinet and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He continued his studies in Germany at the Musikhochschule Trossingen with Walter Hügler (1928-2008) and was privately coached by Alois Springer. He attended masterclasses with Hans Graf (Mozarteum Salzburg), Yuiji Yuasa (Musikhochschule Wien) and Jorma Panula. Stephan is the founder of "Ensemble Contours" which performs contemporary repertoire and for which he has also written orchestrations including arrangements for chamber orchestra of the Drei Orchesterstücke, op.5, the Vier Stücke für Klarinette und Klavier, op.5 and the Vier Lieder, op.2 by Alban Berg. He conducted the Dutch premieres of the complete ballet Le Festin de l'Araignée by Albert Roussel and the Concerto for violin, horn and orchestra by Ethel Smyth. His CD productions include Rameau's opera Les Indes Galantes and El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, a songbook from 1399, in a new arrangement for vocal and instrumental ensemble. Stephan is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary Dutch repertoire.
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