Dirk Luijmes followed conservatoire courses in organ, harpsichord, and church music, as well as a university degree in musicology.
He has won prizes at several national and international organ competitions, including the European Organ Improvisation Competition. Over the last decades, Dirk has been building a reputation as a professional harmonium player, and was even named ‘Harmonium Player of the Nation’ by the magazine Luister. More than 25 composers (including Willem Breuker, Daan Manneke, and Guus Janssen) dedicated works to him. As a performing musician he has appeared everywhere from New York to Vilnius (Lithuania) and from Santiago de Chile to Bergen (Norway). He has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the RIAS Kammerchor, the Dutch Chamber Choir, and ensembles such as Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, Oxalys, and Het Collectief. Luijmes has performed at major venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, and Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires). In 2010 he performed the American premiere of the First Harmonium Concerto, composed for him by Martijn Padding, at Carnegie Hall (New York), accompanied by the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble led by Reinbert de Leeuw; his recording of the work was given an Edison Award. At the end of 2019 he successfully premiered Padding’s Clavichord Concerto. His 4-part CD box Harmonium Atlas, released last year, was rated 10/10 in the magazine Luister! Trouw Newspaper had the following to say about the CDs: Colour magician Dirk Luijmes can be credited some matchless, imaginative renditions with which he has permanently gotten rid of the sluggish image of the old psalm repertoire.
Mon 26 Oct20:15Mon 26 Oct 20:15 - Grote Zaal
On July 25 2019 our friend and mentor, the unforgettable cellist Anner Bijlsma, died. The eighth Cello Biennale is the first in which Anner Bijlsma no longer looks over our shoulders, and with his critical eye warns us against overconfidence and at the same time feeds us with small and large, nonsensical and brilliant ideas […]