Sonja Beets, pianist/organist/harpist/composer
My approach to classical music:
Music - like all arts - is like breathing for me. I do not search music, it finds me. There is no greater way of uniting mankind than music...
If you are interested to hear/see my work please visit http://www.sonjabeets.eu
There is a beautiful piano trio and several other pieces still awaiting their premiere...
I am a professional pianist/composer and seek to work together with other professional musicians to create new music.
Sonja Beets finished her studies as pianist and organ at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. After her study she specialized in chamber music
Furthermore she studied non-western philosophy, culture and music. She has learned to play an Indian bow-instrument -the Sarangi.
Besides performing music she is active as a composer, painter and poet.
She took the initiative to start the "Muzenstede" Foundation in 1997. This foundation aims to further the integration and symbiosis between men and art and between the different disciplines of art.
In 2000 she developed a musical tour called the “Muzikale Stadswandeling”. For this project she chose nine poems by the Dutch poet Willem de Mérode. The poems have been set to music for various combinations of instruments and voices, and recordings can be hired at the local tourist office, together with a brochure. This project acquired recognition both by the Dutch classical radio and regional television. The project was fully financed by the Muzenstede Foundation.
Sonja Beets made her official debut as a composer with the presentation of this cycle of songs.
In 2003 she finished composing a chamber opera on a libretto by Tom Sol after a story by Voltaire: “De Argeloze” (l’Ingénu).
In 2005 she presented a special project about Flemish cultural heritage in Belgium,
in which she integrated several different forms of art.
Her work for carillon 'Had we the wings...' has been elected as obligatory work at the public exams 2009 for the highest grade students of the KONINKLIJKE BEIAARDSCHOOL “JEF DENYN” in Mechelen (B).
She works and gives concerts with others artists, for whom she also writes new compositions.
Specialties: chamber music (both vocal and instrumental)