Joris van den Berg



Joris van den Berg, born in the Netherlands in 1986, is a diverse and talented young cellist, characterized as a true artist with a personal sound, an intelligent and warm musicality, a strong conviction and an impressive command of the instrument. He studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Quirine Viersen and Godfried Hoogeveen, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne with Frans Helmerson. He graduated with highest distinction and received the Gold Medal, the highest award in performance, and an International Artist Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Joris van den Berg made his debut in the big hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, performing with Amsterdam Sinfoniëtta conducted by David Geringas, after he won the first prize at the Dutch National Cello Competition 2006. Together with his regular pianist Martijn Willers he was prize-winner at the International Johannes Brahms Competition 2008 in Austria. In 2012 Van den Berg and Willers have been selected as laureates for the Dutch Classical Talent Tour and Award, organised by the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which includes a study grant and a big recital tour in the 2013-2014 season with performances in the most important concert halls in The Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Chamber music is an important part of Joris' life. Besides his collaboration with pianist Martijn Willers he plays with different ensembles in the Netherlands and abroad (for example in the Sequenza String Trio and the Mir piano quartet), working among others with Daniel Hope, Philippe Graffin and Gary Hoffman. Joris van den Berg performed solo-concertos with The Hague Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic), Manchester Camerata, the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, Amsterdam Sinfoniëtta and Camerata Amsterdam.

Joris van den Berg plays a Giovanni Grancino cello (1703) and a Tourte “L’ainé” bow, placed at his disposal by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation.