Wiecher Mandemaker

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Wiecher Mandemaker is the conductor
and artistic leader of the Laurenscantorij,
the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam and the
Rotterdam Symphony Chorus. He works
as the section representative of Choral
Conducting at the Conservatoires in
Rotterdam and The Hague.

Mandemaker’s repertoire reaches from
Renaissance to contemporary music. In
his daily music practice, the choral music
of J.S. Bach plays an important role. In May
2015, Mandemaker directed the Orchestra
of the Eighteenth Century in a concert
with Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, in which the
Laurens Collegium Rotterdam sang. The
live recording of this concert was published
on CD and DVD. Samuel Barber’s Agnus
Dei, sung by the Rotterdam Symphony
Chorus under his guidance, became an
international hit on YouTube. Recordings
of his interpretation of Bach’s B minor Mass
can also be found on YouTube.

In 2015, Mandemaker led the premiere
of the four Choruses from John Adams’
Death of Klinghoff er, arranged by Bob
Zimmerman. In 2014, he directed
Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godoenov and
he performed the Mass for double choir
by Frank Martin in Istanbul. He prepared
his choirs for performances of Howells’
Hymnus Paradisi, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea
Symphony, Britten’s Spring Symphony and
Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher. This last
mentioned piece was published on the
record label of the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra.

Mandemaker studied Choral Conducting,
Organ and Church Music at the Rotterdam
Conservatoire with Barend Schuurman,
Ben van Oosten and Arie J. Keyer. He
attended masterclasses from Uwe
Gronostay and Eric Ericson. In 2005, he
succeeded Barend Schuurman as artistic
leader of the Laurenscantorij Foundation.