Watch here my version of 'Summertime' by George Gershwin.
Want to hear and see more, have a look on my concertagenda or youtube channel.
Femke IJlstra is one of the most success-full saxophonists of her generation.
Public, jury and press are impressed by her versatility and expressiveness.
The saxophone brought Femke around the globe.
She gave concerts in the USA, Canada, South America, Asia and all of Europe.
Ever since Femke finished her masters degree 'cum laude' with Arno Bornkamp in Amsterdam, she plays on a regular basis in world's leading orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. She plays on historical saxophones in the Belgian Orchestra Anima Eterna.
Femke IJlstra is one of the youngest female professors in Europe, holding this position from when she was 29 years old. She teaches at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen.
Femke profiles herself more and more as a soloïst. She plays recitals all over the world with her pianist and made appearances as a soloïst with L'opera Tuolon under the baton of Jurjen Hempel, The North Netherlands Orchestra under the baton of Dirk Brosse and Frans-Aert Burghgraef. She is a regular guest in Dutch radio- and tv-shows. Serveral Dutch composers have written for Femke like Jacob TV, Bernard van Beurden, Richard Rijnvos and Douwe Eisinga.
Femke loves chamber music: she is founder of the young Syrène Saxophone Quartet, and played soprano-sax in the renowned Aurelia Saxophone Quartet. In 2018 Femke started Trio Triangle with a (bass-)clarinetist and accordeonist. They explore new music for this unusual setting.
She recorded her first CD together with poems and artwork in a book called Stofsugersjongers. The CD -where Femke plays music by M.Turnage and other 'living composers'- got great reviews by the press and audience.
Two other CD's have been made with her quartet Syrene.
Femke IJlstra is curious about theater and other disciplines in art, which resulted in many music- theater performances and tours across the Netherlands. She worked together with actors, poets and dancers.
From 2020 she is appointed as the artistic director of the Emmy Verhey Festival in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands.
Coming activities you find in my concertagenda.
It had felt like a journey through time and space, across mythical lands and unearth paintings. Not a bad thing Femke would say.
That the two of them got on so well, neither had expected.
Celia, a pianist with Spanish roots and appropriate passion, and Femke, very blond saxophonist from the phlegmatic north of the Netherlands.
They had met as colleagues in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
"music can be very nasty. There is beauty in that too. I think you are more of a pleaser, Celia". Femke says.
-"well, I quite like that you want to provoke the audience, but I do indeed want people to go home feeling happy.
Both agree: "A concert is a night of storytelling. And yes, a good story does sting a little bit".
It had been a little big bang. The origin of their own musical universe. New planets, solar storms, dark matter...and endless colors. They formed a duo to convert their somewhat odd friendship into sound.
In the moment of silence between music and applause their eyes met and and sparkled.
The Syrène's strive to make the sounds of the classical saxophone known to a diverse audience.
Syrène’s motto is ‘Fresh and sweet, but with a bite’: Talented, spicy but with a delicate female touch. The individual talents are at their finest when combined as the Syrenes Quartet.
The Syrène Saxophone Quartet is a common guest on all the major Dutch stages and has toured through Canada, Taiwan and Indonesia.
For upcoming performances, go to my concertagenda or check out the website of Syrène Saxophone Quartet
Femke: "Together with poet Tsead Bruinja and artist Mirka Farabegoli I looked for our mutual roots, and remembering our childhood".
This resulted in a book with Frisian/Dutch poetry, a CD and artwork in a full-color press. The CD is also available as a single piece.
other artists on the CD are: Arno Bornkamp, Nora Fischer and Jelmer Tichelaar.
Book incl. CD: 20,00 euro
Order them through my website. Go to contact to sign up.
My mission is to create not only good saxophone players but also personalities and artists of the future. Flexibility and determination are key to survive in the music scène.
Playing together in different formations, in weekly group lessons, as well as providing workshops, lecture’s and masterclasses will enhance skills of being a musician. I encourage all students to already invest in their activities outside of school, like as teaching, playing concerts and organizing projects.
It is very important to be curious about other discipline’s in art and music style's, so every student create's his own personal taste and therefor style.
My main philosophy as a teacher is to work hard in a positive environment.
I expect the highest level of playing and full engagement.
Work hard and overcome weaknesses but also build on your strengths. Working on basics and repertoire is just as important as finding your personal style and wishes.
I personally aspire to continue the line of Macel Mule, Daniel Defayet and Arno Bornkamp but also look at other great musicians of today and in the past,
like singers and violinists. I expect my students to go to performances as much as possible to develop their own taste on what they like or don’t.
Studying Saxophone with me at the Prince Claus Conservatoire (Bachelor, Master or Erasmus exchange) means:
- joining one of the best conservatoires in the Netherlands (chosen by/according to Dutch students) in one of the most fun student cities!
- having access to also the new part of our building, with new and more practicing-rooms, concert halls, classrooms and other facilities.
- you will not be a number, but we'll know you as a person and your progress.
- weekly saxophone lessons, group lessons, student concerts and playing in the saxophonequartet.
- Master students are free to build their own study-route to be able to discover and develop their own expertise (also outside traditions)
- having lessons from other woodwind teachers too (individual and group lessons). Great orchestra and chamber music projects.
- a lot more. Contact me for more information!
Do you have the ambition to study music, and in particular classical saxophone? Contact me for a free introductory lesson! You are invited to have a look on the website of the Prince Claus Conservatoire, for more info about the school and audition dates. Click on the 'more info' button.
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DUO IJlstra-Gracia presenteren:
"Is Jazz music too?"
Ode aan personality en luis in de pels Eva Ghauthier. De zangeres die Gershwin en Ravel ...
Atelier Maroeska Metz, Wormerveer
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Trio Triangle nodigt u uit voor een kleurrijke reis door het zowat hele muziek-landsc...
De Syrène's wagen zich aan een kraker uit het strijkkwartet repertoire; het kwartet van Claude Debussy.
Verder andere arrangementen van eigen...
Een speciale avond waarin beeldende kunst, live performance, muziek en theater samenkomen in een spannende mix.
Syrène brengt het beroemde An...
Ik speel mee in een wereld premiere van Celia Swart. Zij maakte eerder al werk voor onze CD Waterworks van Syrène 4tet.
Verder werk van Loui...
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Do you have a question about music, an offer, or you want to purchase one of the CD's?
Please send Femke IJlstra a message.
Heb je een vraag over muziek, een aanbod, of wil je een van de CD's kopen?
Stuur Femke IJlstra een bericht.
2011 LW, Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands