Andre van Vliet
Official Concert Organist
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
John L. Hill Chapel
400 East College Street
Andre van Vliet
Andre van Vliet was born in 1969 in Benschop, the Netherlands. At the age of 9 he had the opportunity to accompany congregational singing in his hometown. His love for French Romantic music was inspired by his first teacher, Herman von Vliet. In 1991 he graduated from the Convervatorium of Utrecht, Holland, having studied with Nico v.d. Hooven, Jan Welmers and Jan Raas. During these years he was active as a choral accompanist, as well as a concert organist, performing many concerts in Europe, participating in TV and Radio broadcasts, and publishing six solo albums. These CDs were recorded at the famous Evangelic Lutheran Klerk in The Hague, the Martinikerk in Bolsward, Loolaankerk in Apeldoorn and Lebuiniskerk in Deventer. His CDs and concert programs not only show the names of composers like Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Guilmant, Widor and Dupre but also masters such as Planyavski,Hidas, Verschaegen and Toeborsch.
In addition, Mr. van Vliet performs with other musicians who perform music from Mozart to Musicals, Jan Lenselink, piano; Arjan and Edith Post, trumpets; and Marjo van Someren, soprano.
Andre van Vliet also has a keen interest in choral conducting, having been the conductor of several choirs. The Project Choir has performed “From Olivet to Calvary” by J. Maunder, “Love Transcending” by J.W. Peterson, and “The Promise of Christmas” by Dan Burgess. In 2003, Andre composed for the Chr. Jongerenkoor “Deum-Fidentes” which depicts the life of King David. Other choirs include Chr. Reg. Koor, performing “New Voices,” and Herv. Gem. Zangver, performing “Vox Jubillans.”
In 2009, in celebration of his “25-year organist Jubilee,” Andre performed several special concerts, some with his musical friends. Dedicated to this anniversary, he published a new CD for which he arranged several Psalm and Hymn Chorales.
With his altogether broad musical life, one of the most important musical activities is the weekly worship service as organist in his hometown Polsbroek. Andre says “Playing the majestic organ to accompany the congregation is a beautiful calling.”