rolf verbeek conductor

Even as a conductor, you must never forget: we are all human beings

Look at Rolf Verbeek's agenda in these months after corona and you immediately see: here we are dealing with a busy man. Cities like Munich, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Maastricht, Paris and Amsterdam pass by. Nizhny Novgorod, formerly Gorky in Russia, is crossed out for the well-known reasons.
Profession: conductor. Residence: Groningen. "It is and remains the city where I feel at home." We agreed to meet on a sunny March day on the terrace of Merleyn, his café around the corner in De Oosterpoort. "Groningen is not centrally located, of course, and because of my frequent travel I might think about another place of employment, but I'm not contemplating that for the time being. I was born in the northern Netherlands and the mentality here suits me, my friends live here and the city basically has everything. You could call it my oasis of calm."



Final excerpt from the first movement of Bruckner's 6th symphony, live at Podium Klassiek.


...Verbeek knows "his" Bruckner, unmistakably: an excellent performance - obviously within the given chamber musical context - and a recording that rings like a bell.


In front of the orchestra is the conductor. The conductor decides how the orchestra should play. Louder, softer, faster, slower, more brass, fewer violins, etcetera. But invisible...

Rolf Verbeek

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