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.
Jozien Jansen – Planning, production en rentals
Jozien studied cello at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, she has a string-trio called “Strijktrio Europa” in which she plays alongside Splendor-violinist Marieke de Bruijn. In addation to that, she works for several orchestra’s on a freelance basis. Jozien likes to keep busy with organizational tasks; she manages Splendor’s planning and hall-rental applications. Jozien also serves as location-manager of the “Uilenburgersjoel”, located a mere 100 meters from Splendor.
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)
David Dramm – Chairman
David Dramm (1961) is a composer, born in Illinois and based in Amsterdam since 1989. 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. His music is performed regularly throughout Europe and has been brought out on CD by several labels. In the fall of 2017, David followed in the footsteps of predecessor Marjolijn Vencken, and became chairman of Splendor.
Iris Oltheten – Secretary
Iris Oltheten (1985 Esch) studied French horn and art-education at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. Ze specialized in developing and implementing music-education projects for children and has collaborated with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Groot Omroepkoor, LUDWIG, Oorkaan, TivoliVredenburg, Toeval Gezocht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Nederlands Chamberorchestra. At Splendor, she teaches musiclessons to toddlers and heads up the Toekomstorkest (Orchestra of the future) during school holidays.
Mattijs van de Woerd – Boardmember
Mattijs van de Woerd (1973, Rotterdam) is a singer, classically trained at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Amsterdam with Sylvia Schlüter, Maarten Koningsberger and Margreet Honig. In 2001 Mattijs won the Vriendenkrans (nowadays known as the Dutch Classical Talent award). In 2003, he was granted the first prize in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in Londen. Although often seen as a soloïst on (inter)national opera- and concert stages, Mattijs is also a passionate chamber musician and a lover of chansons. Mattijs was one of the founding members of close harmony group Frommermann, active as both a singer and arranger. He has also been a part of Splendor since the early outset.
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.