Photo: Hester Doove
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
felicia van den end
In 1997 and 1998 Felicia van den End gained the first prize in the National Flute Competition. In 2003 she won the national competition Netherlands Young Musical Talent and was selected as Young Musical Talent of 2002. A first prize in the Princess Christina Competition resulted in an appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Further distinctions followed, including the first prize in the Jeunesses Musicales flute competition in Bucharest and the Essent Music Award for young talent 2003.
In 2005/2006 she studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud at the Conservatoire National Supérieur. In 2007 she graduated with the highest distinction for her bachelor’s grade at the Utrecht Conservatory, where she has studied with Abbie de Quant. In 2011 she finished her post graduate degree in Geneva, where she studied with Jacques Zoon.
As a soloist she has appeared with several orchestras, including the Antonio Lucio Chamber Orchestra, the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Amsterdam, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Kiev Solists, the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, Sinfonietta Amsterdam and the Magogo Orchestra.
Felicia was an academist from 2007 until 2008 at the Opera Orchestra in Zürich. Since 2009 she is part of the New European Ensemble.
Felicia played at the Concertgebouw’s Young Dutch Performers series and the Gergiev Festival. In the context of the Debut Series, she gave eleven concerts in the Netherlands’ most important concert halls. For this series she won the audience price, together with the pianist Daria van den Bercken and the singer Karin Strobose. In October 2008 Felicia was awarded the Elisabeth Everts price for young talent.
Since May 2015, with the release of her cd Sonoro, Felicia is a Sony artist.
Felicia is co-founder of foundation Sonoro, that offers children with a difficult socio-economic background in Mexico a different perspective through music and other arts. For more information check the website of Sonoro: www.stichtingsonoro.com.
questions & amswers
Which pieces got you interested in new music?
My first experience with ‘contemporary’ music was when I was sixteen and got to play Chant de Linos by Andre Jolivet. I loved the roughness and the almost tribal rhythms. At the time it was a great technical challenge that made me want to play the piece perfectly. The combination of translating the sometimes ‘ugly’ emotions with the technical challenges of contemporary repertoire made me want to explore the world of new music.
What makes playing new music in the New European Ensemble satisfying and worthwhile?
Playing in the New European Ensemble is like performing chamber music. You have a large individual space, while you never stop listening and interacting with each other. Because of the very high level we all think and work like equals. In my experience, playing in such an ensemble is very different from playing in a symphony orchestra, where you are aiming to be one instrument all together.
which non-classical music do you like?
Currently I love listening to Latin Jazz. I have come across a lot of great salsa music during my work in Latin America. The flute is also very prominent in this type of music and I admire the great technique and improvisational skills these musicians often have.
One of the biggest Latin Jazz musicians is pianist Michel Camilo. I especially like his piece Piece of Cake.
A great contemporary music group is Slagwerk Den Haag. I particularly like their recording of Timber by Michael Gordon.
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Bloch: suite modale
chant de linos
Felicia’s non classical top 4
piece of cake
Folkmusic from Veracruz Mexico
Slagwerk den haag
michael gordon: Timber
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague