Currently I am working as a conductor, soloist (contralto) and vocal trainer for choirs. I studied voice at the Utrecht Conservatory (Master) with Jón Thorsteinsson, graduated 2 June 2010, and followed additional courses in choir conducting with Rob Vermeulen. I graduated for concert band conducting (Bachelor) in June 2008. I am continuing my vocal studies with Charlotte Margiono.
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Nicky Bouwers (Contralto)
Nicky Bouwers studied piano with Rudy de Heus in the preparatory class at Zwolle Conservatory, but earned her Master’s in Public Administration at Twente University in 2001. She holds a Master of Music in Classical Singing from Utrecht Conservatory, where she has studied with Jón Thorsteinsson. She is continuing her vocal lessons with Charlotte Margiono.
Besides performing alto solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, in several Bach cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the alto solos of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Nicky has also been active performing music of modern composers, such as David Dramm’s “The white whale of Beverwijck” and a chamber opera of Anne Ku. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Webern, with a special interest for Russian composers. She followed a singing masterclass with Jos van Veldhoven at Bachfestival Dordrecht and a conducting masterclass with Daniel Reuss.
In June 2012 she released the CD To Live, To Love with pianist Thijn Vermeulen. As soloist (alto) she co-opates by the CD-recording of De XIV Stonden by the Flemish composer Paul Schollaert, conducted by Kurt Bikkembergs.
Nicky also qualified for her Bachelor’s degree in HaFa-conducting (concert band) and followed lessons in choir conducting with Rob Vermeulen. She regularly conducts projects, like Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for harp and orchestra. In 2012 she conducted a project Rondom Brahms with Vocaal ensemble Tien. Further she is the conductor of the Rotterdamse choir Mag geen naam hebben and Cantiamo a famous choir in Krimpen aan den IJssel and she will be Intermezzo’s conductor (Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel).
She is specialized in vocal training of choirs and vocal coach of numerous choirs in the Netherlands. A fixed defined period she was the vocal coach of the Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor during two projects. In the 2017/2018 she is the vocal coach for the Netherlands Students Chamber Choir for one more project.