JanJoost van Elburg

janjoost van elburg

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 Drayer (of the Dutch Chamber Choir), Margreet Honig, and with Ghislaine Morgan in England.

JanJoost recently concluded highly successful tenures directing The Renaissance Singers (London, UK), and The Reading Bach Choir (Reading, UK), he currently conducts The Bartholomew Consort (Oxford, UK), The Lelikoor and the Westerkerkkoor (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Twice he was guest conductor for the Nonsuch Singers in London, and has directed Blackdowns Early Music Festival events each year since 2004, including the biannual GRAND BAROQUE series in Exeter Cathedral.

He is much sought after as a vocal coach both in the UK (e.g. Cantiones, Dundee) and the Netherlands (o.a. Zanzaretta quintet, Ensemble Octagon), a teacher of ensemble technique and training, singing, theory and choral conducting.

He was a guest conductor of Polyhymnia (NY City, Sept 2016); and recently worked with the Choir of the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague as assistant of Ton Koopman for their Bach B-minor Mass collaboration with The Juilliard School in New York (Boston and NYC, Nov 2016).

Upcoming projects: a teaching project in collaboration with Paul Phoenix (ex-King’s Singers) in Beijing (the China Conservatory of Music) and Shanghai (school choirs), and at University of Wuhan. In 2018 he will work with the Choir of the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague again on a concert series in The Hague and Amsterdam.

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. He gives workshops and lectures at home and abroad on invitation eg. 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 on such subjects as Renaissance & Baroque Music, Madrigals, Flemish polyphony, Tudor Music, and Choral conducting. He has also presided at the jury for the Dutch National Choral Contest.

Until recently he was the artistic director of the board of “Le Pavillon” Foundation for choral music. Since 2002 he has been the principal tutor of the highly successful International Choral Conductors’ Course. For more than 25 years he has taught at the Summer course of Buitenkunst.

He can be reached by e-mail: jjvanelburg@gmail.com