Joost Willemze wins Dutch Classical Talent Award

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Alumnus Joost Willemze, harp, has won the Dutch Classical Talent Award. Dianto Reed Quintet, formed by CvA alumni, won the Audience Prize.

The other finalists were Sasha Witteveen, fourth-year bachelor student of double bass - the twenty-year-old being the youngest finalist ever - and the duo Dulfer and Witteveen, formed by CvA-alumna Deborah Witteveen, saxofoon, and bassoonist Thomas Dulfer, giving an ‘all CvA touch’ to this edition of the Dutch Classical Talent Award.

Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award 
Dutch Classical Talent – Tour & Award is an 18-month talent development programme for young classical musicians who are studying al of have graduated from one of the Dutch conservatories. A professional jury selects four soloists, duo’s or ensembles from two audition rounds. These four finalists then go through a coaching programme in which there is plenty of room for personal and musical development, followed by a tour of twelve concert halls in the Netherlands and a final in which the they compete for the DCT Award and the Audience Award.