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Mieneke van der Velden

Mieneke van der Velden

Mieneke van der Velden is a viola da gamba player who performs widely across Europe as a soloist and also has an extensive recording career.

Mieneke van der Velden studied with Wieland Kuijken in The Hague and completed her studies in 1988 with a diploma in musical performance. She is one of Northern Europe's most sought-after gambists, and, in conjunction with a wide-ranging career in chamber music, appears regularly as a soloist with various well-known orchestras including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), Concerto Vocale (René Jacobs), Collegium Vocale (Philippe Herreweghe), Netherlands Bach Society, and Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel).

In her solo recitals she collaborates with Glen Wilson (harpsichord) and Fred Jacobs (theorbo). She was engaged by the Dutch Early Music Network, Het Grachtenfestival, Bach Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival of Flanders as well as by many other concert organisations throughout Europe.

Her repertoire extends from French solo repertoire (Marais, Forqueray, Couperin), solo arias from the St. Matthew and St. John's Passions, and other cantatas by J. S. Bach, viola da gamba sonatas and violoncello solo suites by J. S. Bach, 17th-century English repertoire including lyra-viol music, to contemporary pieces by Heppener and others.
She has recorded three albums for the Dutch label ‘Channel Classics', to outstandingly positive critical reception.
For RAMÉE she recorded De Profundis Clamavi with her ensemble ‘L'Armonia Sonora' and Peter Kooij, bass, which received awards from Diapason and the BBC. In 2008 L'Armonia Sonora released a album of Bach Sonatas for viola da gamba in different settings, also for RAMEE. This album was also awarded a Diapason D'or.

A recording of German dialogue cantatas Harmoniae Sacrae with Peter Kooij and Hana Blazíkovà, soprano, has been released in january 2010. Also in preparation is a Rosenmüller program with Hana Blazìkovà, Robin Blaze, Peter Kooij, and Concerto Palatino and a solo CD Hommages with Glen Wilson, harpsichord.

Mieneke van der Velden is a full professor of viola da gamba on the faculty of the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory and since 2009 also on the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She plays two original French instruments, a bass viol made in 1617 by Antoine Despont, Paris, and a pardessus de viole made by Ludovic Guersan, Paris, 1768.