Alexander Warenberg won the Grachtenfestival Prize 2021 and is therefore the Artist in Residence for the Grachtenfestival in 2022. Alexander studied with Monique Bartels at the Conservatory in Amsterdam and at the Barenboim-Said Academy with professor Frans Helmerson. Since January 2019, Alexander continues his studies with Professor Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. Alexander has won prizes at the National Cello Competition in Amsterdam, the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition and the Prinses Christina Concours. He performed several times in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, but also for Dutch television and radio. As a chamber musician he has performed with Menahem Pressler, Denis Kozhukhin, Gil Sharon, Paolo Giacometti and Lucas Jussen. Alexander also played at festivals such as the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, the Grachtenfestival, the Festival Bad Ragaz in Switzerland and Wonderfeel. Alexander plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello from 1845, which he has on loan from the National Musical instruments Fund (NMF).
“Alexander is a true musician, he fuses with his instrument and completely surrenders to his own interpretations of the music. This, together with his wealth of ideas, makes him the ideal candidate for the upcoming residency.” said the jury.
“Alexander enchanted me this summer with his sublime cello playing, beautiful sound and captivating personality. As Artist in Residence 2022, he will make an inspiring contribution to the festival with exciting concerts where he will be surrounded by other top musicians and a diverse repertoire.” says Lestari Scholtes – programmer of the Grachtenfestival.
Artist in Residence
The winner of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs will receive the coveted title of Artist in Residence. Within this residency, the winner will be given the freedom to realize his or her musical dreams during the subsequent edition of the Grachtenfestival. The nomination for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs is an important appreciation for the musicians and with the self-composed concert that they are allowed to give during the festival, this nomination is a prize in itself.
The GrachtenfestivalPrijs is part of the Grachtenfestival's mission to present young, talented musicians to a wide audience. The talents are often invited to play for several years, where they are given a stage appropriate to the stage of their career. The Grachtenfestival challenges the musicians to go off the beaten track and supports them in this. A nomination for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs is an important boost for young musicians in their careers.
Previous Artists in Residence
Previous winners are: Shin Sihan (violin, 2020), Emmy Storms (violin, 2019), Raoul Steffani (baritone, 2018), Ella van Poucke (cello, 2017), Sophiko Simsive (piano, 2016), Mathieu van Bellen (violin, 2015), Rosanne van Sandwijk ( mezzo-soprano, 2014), Remy van Kesteren (harp, 2013), duo Sax & Stix (saxophone and percussion, 2012), Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano, 2011), Judith van Wanroij (soprano, 2010), duo Bosgraaf and Elias (recorder and guitar, 2009), Lisa Jacobs (violin, 2008) and Ties Mellema (saxophone, 2007).