Herman Krebbers is a Dutch violinist and violin teacher who is highly regarded internationally as a violin soloist. He was the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra. His former students include Vera Beths, André Rieu, Emmy Verhey, Saskia Viersen, Liza Ferschtman and Frank Peter Zimmerman.
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Biography Herman Krebbers
Herman Krebbers is a Dutch violinist and violin teacher who is highly regarded internationally as a violin soloist. He was the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra. His former students include Vera Beths, André Rieu, Emmy Verhey, Saskia Viersen, Liza Ferschtman and Frank Peter Zimmerman. Krebbers has always sought to serve young (and amateur) musicians as a jury member in major and minor music competitions. In addition, he has organised his own competitions for amateur violinists and cellists.
1923 - 1935
Herman Krebbers is born on June 18, 1923, in Hengelo, Overijssel province. He gives his first solo concert in Ede in 1933. Krebbers takes lessons from Oscar Back. Through Back, he meets Theo Olof, with whom he forms a “lifelong duo”.
At age 13, the child prodigy Krebbers performs as soloist in the 'Violin Concerto' by Johannnes Brahms with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg.
1950 - 1961
Krebbers becomes co-concertmaster – with Theo Olof – of The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Willem van Otterloo. In 1956, he begins teaching the violin at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum.
Herman Krebbers leaves The Hague Philharmonic and becomes concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
1979 - 1985
An unfortunate fall in water almost costs Krebbers his career. He recovers after lengthy therapy, but the injury affects his playing. He turns to teaching and serving on competition juries.
Krebbers receives the Golden Medal of the City of Hengelo for his accomplishments as a violinist and teacher.
His 75th birthday is celebrated with festivities and productions, including a triple CD with Herman Krebbers’ recordings from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
At his farewell from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Herman Krebbers is awarded the Silver Medal of the City of Amsterdam for his service to the city.
With André van Putten, Krebbers founds the Herman Krebbers Violin and Cello Competition for amateurs.
Krebbers sells the Bergonzi violin, which he has played for more than 51 years, to the Netherlands Music Fund, to make it available to Dutch musicians. He subsequently buys a violin made by André van Putten. Elisabeth Perry, concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, is the first to receive the Bergonzi violin on loan. “It sounds fantastic, as healthy as a modern violin. Old Italian violins always have a weak point somewhere that doesn’t quite speak. But this violin sounds lovely everywhere. That’s very unusual for an old violin. And it plays so easily. It feels like driving a Ferrari.”
Herman Krebbers retires and entrusts the violin and cello builder André van Putten, his friend for about 15 years, with his archives.
Discography Herman Krebbers
|Type and year||CD, 1997|
|Label||Philips, 462 087-2|
|Type and year||CD, 1998|
|Label||Philips, 462 553-2|
|Type and year||CD, 1998|
|Label||Philips, 462 521-2|
Herman Krebbers 75 jaar
|Type and year||3CD, 1998|
|Label||Philips, 462 554-2 MM|
Viotti - Beethoven
|Type and year||CD, 1999|
|Label||Philips, 464 357-2|
Amsterdams Philharmonisch Orkest - De meesterwerken Vol.4
|Type and year||CD, 1973|
|Label||EMI, CDZ 2524232|
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