Splendor is run by a group of 50 professional musicians. They handle most of the tasks involved in organizing concerts themselves. In addition, they have a small staff that is responsible for the daily operation and finances.
Manon Schreurs – Manager
Manon studied musicology and gained extensive experience in the hospitality sector in various cafés around Amsterdam. She has been with Splendor since its opening, initially behind the bar but quickly becoming a key member of the team. Manon coordinates all rehearsal and concert planning as well as covering membership administration, rental quotes and looking after the supplies. In addition, you can still find her behind the bar at concerts and other events.
Lisa Feij – Manager
Lisa is our other multi-talent, joining Splendor in September, 2014. In addition to working an average of two concerts a week, Lisa handles the financial administration of all events and a large share of the accounting. Lisa studied modern dance and theater at the Theaterschool around the corner from Splendor and is still active as a professional dancer.
Norman van Dartel – Business Manager
Norman studied classical percussion at the Rotterdam Conservatory, working as a freelancer with various orchestras and ensembles. His focus gradually shifted to music management, resulting in a key position at the Rotterdam Philharmonic as producer and project manager for the internationally acclaimed Gergiev Festival from 2000-2006.
Taking a break from the music world, Norman spent two years as a sailing instructor on the North Sea. In 2011, Norman moved to Amsterdam, working as a location manager for the Waag Society, a cutting-edge institute for art, science and technology.
In April 2013, Norman became Splendor’s business manager, taking responsibility for all daily operations and insuring that Splendor’s unique business model is implemented throughout the organization.
Board of Directors (Splendor Foundation)
Wilmar de Visser(1972) studied double bass at the Utrechts Conservatorium with Peter Stotijn, where he graduated in 1997 with maxima cum laude. He completed his studies with Prof. Peter Puhn at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover. During his study, Wilmar performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam. After graduating, Wilmar quickly became known as one of most versatile bassists in the Netherlands. Together with Sonja van Beek, he is founder and artistic director of EnsembleCaméléon, an ensemble of top young musicians focusing on larger ensemble masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. In 2009, EnsembleCaméléon received an award from the Kersjes Fonds for €50,000 for being, in their view, “an ensemble of impassioned string players.” Alongside his work as principle bassist of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilmar also performs with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
Wilmar de Visser is the initiator of Splendor Amsterdam.
Tienko Rasker (1973) studied Physics and Philosophy at Worchester College (University of Oxford) and holds a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a trained strategy consultant and financial professional, Tienko is specialized in organic growth, fusion and acquisitions. His broad experience encompasses both large-scale acquisitions as well as small-scale start-ups. He workedfor several years at Philips in corporate venturing, investing in start-ups worldwide.
He is currently the CEO of Leapfunder, a start-up investment platform.
Johan van Iersel – Secretary
Cellist Johan van Iersel (1972) studied with Elias Arizcuren at the Utrechts Conservatorium, where he graduated with distinction in 1995. He went on to study with Philippe Müller at the Paris Conservatoire and participated in master classes with Siegfried Palm, Mstislav Rostropovich and Heinrich Schiff. Van Iersel was appointed Co-Principle Cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in September 1997.
He was a prizewinner at the 1990 Princess Christina Competition, the 1992 Postbank Sweelinck Competition and the competition of the Foundation for Young Musical Talent in the Netherlands in 1991. Together with pianist Jeroen Bal, he was awarded the 1992 Silver Vriendenkrans Competition by the Society of Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Before joining the Vermeer Trio, he was a member of the Escher Trio. He is also a member of the internationally active Blaeu String Quartet and EnsembleCaméléon. He gives regular solo performances with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the former Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Residentie Orchestra.
Jörgen van Rijen – Boardmember
Jörgen van Rijen (1975) is Principal Trombone (jointly with Bart Claessens) at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He is also a key member of the Dutch trombone ensemble, New Trombone Collective and Professor of Trombone at the Rotterdam Conservatorium where he studied as a teenager.
Van Rijen studied with George Wiegel at the Rotterdam Conservatoire, where he obtained a performance degree with the highest honors. He went on to study with Michel Becquet in Lyons, where he also studied Baroque trombone with Daniel Lassalle.
He has performed as a soloist in most European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia and performed concertos with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
In 2004, Van Rijen was awarded the Dutch Music Prize, the highest distinction conferred by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. He won the prestigious Borletti Buitoni Trust Award in 2006.
Jörgen teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has been appointed International Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
David Dramm – Boardmember
David Dramm (1961) is a composer, born in Illinois and based since 1989 in Amsterdam. His composition studies began with Robert Erickson and, later, at Yale University with Louis Andriessen and Earle Brown.
His music has been performed regularly throughout Europe and elsewhere including Warsaw Autumn, Holland Festival, Bang on a Can, EXPO in Biel, and the Finnish ‘Time of Music’ Festival. Major commissions have included works for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, ASKO/Schoenberg, Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Monica Germino, Claron McFadden, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Scapino Ballet and the Götenborg Opera and Ballet.
Recordings of his music are available on labels such as Wergo, Vanguard Classics, New World, Challenge, BVHaast and ATTACCA.