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ANNY MESRITZ-VAN VELTHUYSEN

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Period

1887 - 1965

Genre

classical

Biography Anny Mesritz-van Velthuysen

Anny van Velthuysen was born on September 2, 1887 in Salatiga (Java), Indonesia. She died on March 29, 1965 in Amsterdam. Musical Education She studied piano with Carel Wirtz and composition with Henri Viotta at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where she received the first prize for piano ...
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Biography Anny Mesritz-van Velthuysen

1887 - 1965

Anny van Velthuysen was born on September 2, 1887 in Salatiga (Java), Indonesia. She died on March 29, 1965 in Amsterdam.

Musical Education
She studied piano with Carel Wirtz and composition with Henri Viotta at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where she received the first prize for piano (1907) and the Nicolai-prize for composition in 1908. Thereafter she studied at the Conservatory of Brussels with Arthur de Greef and at the Music Academy in Berlin with Ernst von Dohnányi. Between 1914-1916 she studied composition with Cornelis Dopper in Amsterdam.

Musical Activities
Anny van Velthuysen began her career as pianist with a tour through the Dutch East Indies. Shortly after this concert tour (in 1911) she married Siegfried Mesritz. She immigrated in 1914 with her husband and daughter (her son was born in 1919) to Europe and settled in Amsterdam. She performed as solo pianist with symphony orchestras in the Netherlands. She was a piano teacher and accompanied musicians and singers including, Ilona Durigo, Berthe Seroen, Harriët van Emden en Noëmie Perugia.


Compositions

Her reputation grew thanks to the numerous works she composed for orchestra. The first performance of Thema met variaties took place on November 30, 1916 with the Concertgebouworkest under the direction of Cornelis Dopper. On March 7, 1918 the première took place of Fantasie for piano and orchestra, with Mesritz-van Velthuysen as the solist and Poème for alto and orchestra (solist Ilona Durigo) and the Concertgebouworkest under the direction of Willem Mengelberg.


Prizes

She received the special medal from the city of Amsterdam on the occasion of its 600th anniversary for her work Mars.

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