meet our members
Hanna Shybayeva piano
Rada Ovcharova violin
Mihkel Kerem violin
Emlyn Stam viola
Willem Stam cello
Jacob Kellermann guitar
Ryan Linham trumpet
Felicia van den End flute
Christopher Bouwman oboe
James Meldrum clarinet
Ryanne Hofman bass clarinet
Jose ‘Pepe’ Garcia Rodriguez percussion
Amber Mallee Bassoon
Astrid Haring harp
Amber Mallee (Amsterdam, 1985) is a versatile musician who performs across Europe presenting a wide range of repertoires in various ensemble and orchestras.
She began her bassoon studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Johan Steinmann where she studied together with some of the New European Ensemble's founding members. As part of her studies she participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin. This exchange opened the door for her to continue her studies at the International Chamber Music Institute and the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Professor Klaus Thunemann.
She finished her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim with Professor Ole Kristian Dahl, where she graduated with a Masters of music.
To pursue her studies she was granted scholarships by the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund and the National Fund for Performing Arts (Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten). She also recieved a generous gift from Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument which made it possible for her to purchase her Heckel-bassoon.
She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) as well as of both Dutch National Youth Orchestras and performed as a soloist with Kurpfälsisches Kammerorchester and the Rotterdams Kamerorkest. She has appeared at numerous festivals such as the Zermatt Chamber Music Festival, Santander Festival, and the Ruhrtriennale.
Over the past few years Amber has worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hallé Manchester, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Le Concert Impromptu Paris, AskoSchönberg Ensemble Amsterdam and many other orchestra's and ensembles.
Amber has been a member of the New European Ensemble since July 2017.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague