Catharina Clement

COMPOSER & MUSICOLOGIST

BIOGRAPHY

Catharina Clement (1998) is an Amsterdam-based Dutch composer with an affinity for inter-disciplinary art forms (such as opera and musical theatre) as well as acoustic and vocal music. Her music has a lyrical, eclectic, and colourful nature, and is inspired by personal stories, psychology, nature, and mysticism.In June 2023, her first orchestral song, 'La Pioggia nel Pineto', commissioned by Amsterdams Sympho-nie Orkest Con Brio, had its premiere in De Duif, Amsterdam. Around the same time, NARKISSOS, a music theatrical work for violin, piano and female voices, premiered at Orgelpark, Amsterdam. In November and December 2023, her piano solo piece 'SPINACH' prem-iered as a result from an international collaboration in Denver (Colorado, US) and Brisbane (Queensland, Australia).Currently, Clement is composing a song for tenor voice and acoustic ensemble, formed by members of the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest and the Nederlands Kamerorkest. Simultaneously, she is working on commissions from Duo Rozemond & Bekkers and HIIIT (previously Slagwerk Den Haag).Clement is supervised by Willem Jeths and Meriç Artaç (compo-sition) and Pierre Mak (classical singing) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.As a musicologist (master’s de-gree, UvA), she aims to rediscover Dutch/Jewish composers who fell into oblivion in the course of the Second World War. In the Fall of 2021, her essay ‘The Impact of Alphons Diepenbrock on Matthijs Vermeulen’ appeared in the Journal of the Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands.

Catharina Clement (1998) is a Dutch composer with an affinity for interdisciplinary art forms (such as opera and musical theatre) as well as acoustic and vocal music. She graduated from Utrecht University’s Honours College in Middelburg, University College Roosevelt (BA, magna cum laude) and the University of Amsterdam (MA) as a musicologist. Currently, she studies composition with Willem Jeths and Meriç Artaç and classing singing with Sasja Hunnego at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.Being a young musician, Clement has already written for a wide range of instruments. Her experience ranges from composing for solo instruments (e.g. violin, recorder, and saxophone) and small ensembles (such as piano trio and clarinet quintet) to writing for larger groups (inter alia symphonic orchestra, opera, choir, brass band, and accordion orchestra).In the Netherlands, her music has been performed in e.g. Rotterdam, Wageningen, Eindhoven, Middelburg, Amsterdam and Domburg. National highlights include the composition competition of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble of which she became finalist in 2016; the broadcast of her monodrama Avondrood for soprano, violin and piano on the Dutch radio station Concertzender in 2022; and the various performances of her opera Een Ragnarok during the Opera Forward Festival 2022 at the Nationale Opera Ballet in Amsterdam.The recording of her work Variation on a theme by Arno ter Burg for saxophone in Portugal resulted from an international cooperation. She entered into collaborations outside Europe, leading to the screening of the film Bad Liars with her soundtrack at the Rough Cut Film Festival in Philadelphia (USA), and an interview for the Canadian television station TV5, during which piece Miniatures: No. I for piano solo was played.Clement’s music is characterised by its strong lyrical, eclectic and colourful nature. She is inspired by personal stories, psychology, nature and mysticism. In her music, she concentrates on emotional transmission, attempting to connect people through her music and
to affect a wide audience.
As mentioned previously, Clement is also active in singing, and performs during concerts and church services. She has taken singing lessons with Margriet van Reisen, and master classes with Johannette Zomer, Jasper Schweppe, and Paul Komen. Moreover, she has sung in various choirs, led by Klaas Stok, Elisabeth Blom, and Ramon van den Boom, and is active as a member of the vocal ensemble entitled Eleanor Ensemble.In her capacity as a musicologist, she aims to rediscover Dutch/Jewish composers who fell into oblivion in the course of the Second World War. In the Fall of 2021, her essay ‘The Impact of Alphons Diepenbrock on Matthijs Vermeulen’ appeared in the Journal of the Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands.Aside from music, Clement successfully completed the preparatory course in acting at Theaterschool de Trap in 2019. She greatly enjoys writing short texts and poetry, and works as a lifeguard in Zeeland during the summers.

EVENTS

Upcoming Events

2024

  • EVENT Halve Finale Oskar Back Prijs

  • 'NARKISSOS' for Enzo Kok (violinist), piano and vocal ensemble.

  • DATE 20 January, 14:00 CEST

  • LOCATION Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT Koepelconcert: Klinkend Samenspel

  • World Premiere 'Maanlicht' for tenor and acoustic ensemble.

  • DATE 9 March, 15:00 CEST

  • LOCATION NedPho-Koepel, Amsterdam

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT Opera Forward Festival

  • 'Maanlicht' for tenor and acoustic ensemble.

  • DATE 10 March

  • LOCATION Nationale Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

  • Tickets TBA

  • INFORMATION

Past Events

2024

  • EVENT Young Masters in Concert: Catharina Clement | Aurora Festival

  • Recording of live concert.

  • DATE 8 January, 21:00 CEST

  • LOCATION ConcertZender Live

  • LINK

2023

  • EVENT 50 for 50 - Global Composers' Project

  • US premiere of 'SPINACH' for piano.

  • DATE December 8, 7:30 MST

  • LOCATION Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver (Colorado)

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT 50 for 50 - Global Composers' Project

  • 'SPINACH' for piano.

  • DATE 3 December, 4:30 CEST

  • LOCATION Kunstkerk, Dordrecht

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT 50 for 50 - Global Composers' Project

  • Dutch premiere of 'SPINACH' for piano.

  • DATE 2 December, 8:15 CEST

  • LOCATION Kunstkerk, Dordrecht

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT 50 for 50 - Global Composers' Project

  • World premiere of 'SPINACH' for piano.

  • DATE 19 November, 4:00 AEST

  • LOCATION 4MBS Performance Studio, Coorparoo, Brisbane (Queensland)

  • EVENT Young Masters in Concert: Catharina Clement | Aurora Festival

  • Full concert with Clement's music.

  • DATE 24 July, 17:00 CEST

  • LOCATION Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT Enzo Kok | Final Exam

  • 'NARKISSOS' for violin, piano and female voices.

  • DATE 15 June, 19:00 CEST

  • LOCATION Bernard Haitinkzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam

  • FREE ENTRANCE

  • EVENT Amsterdams Symphonie Orkest Con Brio: Spring Concert

  • 'La Pioggia nel Pineto' for baritone singer and symphonic orchestra.

  • DATE 4 June, 15:00 CEST

  • LOCATION Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT TEVOORSCHIJN | Theme Concert

  • World premiere of 'CONFRONTO' for Bb clarinet and music box.

  • DATE 3 June, 16:00 CEST

  • LOCATION Smith Art, Middelburg

  • ENTRANCE DONATION BASED

  • EVENT Amsterdams Symphonie Orkest Con Brio: Spring Concert

  • World premiere of 'La Pioggia nel Pineto' for baritone singer and symphonic orchestra.

  • DATE 2 June, 20:00 CEST

  • LOCATION De Duif, Amsterdam

  • TICKETS

  • EVENT Composers' Festival

  • World premiere of 'NARKISSOS' for violin, piano and female voices

  • DATE 12 May, 20:15 CEST

  • LOCATION Orgelpark, Amsterdam

  • TICKETS

MUSIC

This is a humble selection of Clement's compositions. For more recordings, please visit her YouTube Channel.

ARTICLE

Clement's article 'Alphons Diepenbrock and Matthijs Vermeulen at the Dawn of a New Age', published by the Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, can be found below.

CV & BIBLIOGRAPHY

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PHOTOS

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CONTACT

For commissions or questions about Catharina's work, you can contact her directly through this form.

Catharina Clement © 2024Photography: Gerjanne Heek & Milagro Elstak