JanJoost van Elburg (1962) finished his studies in choral conducting in 1991. He studied with Barend Schuurman, one of the leading conducting teachers in Holland, at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. Besides that he studied singing with Jelle Draijer (of the Dutch Chamber Choir), Margreet Honig, and with Ghislaine Morgan in England.
JanJoost is principle director of the Blackdowns Early Music Project having directed weekends each year since 2004. In addition he has enjoyed highly successful tenures directing The Renaissance Singers (London, UK), and The Reading Bach Choir (Reading, UK). Currently he also directs the Bartholomew Consort (Oxford UK, since 2001) and is vocal coach for Cantiones Sacrae (Dundee). He was recently appointed director of the prestigious Westerkerkkoor in Amsterdam, where he also directs the Lelikoor. JanJoost also works with the Nonsuch Singers in London as a guest conductor at St John’s Smith Square, London.
He is much sought after as a vocal coach both in the UK and the Netherlands, as a teacher of ensemble technique and training, singing, theory and choral conducting. As a singer he has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Tallis Scholars, The Dutch Broadcast Choir, Capella Pratensis, Capella Coloniënsis in Cologne, and his own ensembles on several European tours. JanJoost gives workshops and lectures at home and abroad on invitation, on Renaissance & Baroque Music, Madrigals, Flemish polyphony, Tudor Music, and Choral conducting, for organisations such as the Summer school of Lacock (England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Croatia and Cyprus); Tallis Scholars Summer School (TSSS) with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars from 2000-2003; Music Camp at High Wycombe; Bulgaria European Music Festival 2003;
He is the initiator and principal tutor of the highly successful annual International Choral Conductors’ Course (Amsterdam, since 2002). For many years he has taught at the Summer course of Buitenkunst.
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