Janneke van der Wijk
director Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2011
Janneke van der Wijk (1971) has been director of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) since 2011. As one of the leading conservatories of the international music scene, the CvA cooperates closely with top institutes worldwide, including the United States, Brazil, China, Russia and Europe. The CvA is the largest and most versatile conservatory in the Netherlands, with 1,200 students and over 350 staff members. The CvA offers all music genres: classical, jazz, pop, music in education, the Dutch National Opera Academy, early music, contemporary music, orchestral conducting, the Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy, and two national training programmes for top young talent: the Sweelinck Academy and the Junior Jazz College.
Van der Wijk is also vice-chairperson of Méér Muziek in de Klas. Additionally, she is a member of the executive boards of the Broadcasting Music Foundation (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Groot Omroepkoor, Zaterdagmatinee, Vrijdag van Vredenburg and MCO), of ITA (Stadsschouwburg and Toneelgroep Amsterdam), the Cello Biennale and the Prinsengrachtconcert. She is a member of the Ledenraad Rabobank Amsterdam and the Network for Dutch Conservatories. In 2007 she became the first director of Music Centre the Netherlands (MCN), the national institute for music, formed by the merger of Donemus, Gaudeamus, the National Pop Institute, the jazz institutions and the Kamervraag. From 2005 to 2007 Van der Wijk was director of Kamervraag, the national institute for classical chamber music. Before that she worked for the government in various managerial positions.
Janneke van der Wijk studied musicology and pedagogy and didactics at the University of Amsterdam. Her master’s thesis was on the history of the Amsterdam Conservatory and the professionalization of Dutch musical life before 1940.