Jaap Stotijn founded the current Dutch school of oboe playing, which is characterized by an open, round, singing tone. He was also active as a pianist and conductor of student and amateur ensembles. In 2008, the Dutch school of oboe playing, passing “from the Stotijn family, via Werner Herbers, to ...
Biography Jaap Stotijn
Jaap Stotijn founded the current Dutch school of oboe playing, which is characterized by an open, round, singing tone. He was also active as a pianist and conductor of student and amateur ensembles. In 2008, the Dutch school of oboe playing, passing “from the Stotijn family, via Werner Herbers, to Bart Schneeman”, finished in 23rd place in the “Canon of Dutch classical music”.
Jaap Stotijn is born in The Hague on September 22.
As a youth, Stotijn performs as the second oboist with The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra. His teacher, Dirk van Emmerik, is the first oboist.
1910 - 1915
Stotijn is awarded his diploma with honours from De Haagsche Muziekschool (today, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague) and is immediately appointed first oboist of the Rotterdams Harmonie Orkest. He marries the soprano Geertruida (Truitje) Molenaar, and on February 11, 1915, his son Haakon is born – Haakon later follows in his father’s footsteps to become an oboist.
Stotijn succeeds Van Emmerik as first oboist of The Hague Philharmonic and as an oboe teacher at the conservatory in The Hague.
Jaap Stotijn becomes the conductor of the Haagsch Arbeiders Symphonie Orkest. Julius Röntgen dedicates the 'Sonata for Oboe and Piano' to him.
Jaap and Haakon Stotijn give their first performance of Alexander Voormolen’s 'Concerto' (1933), for two oboes and orchestra.
1935 - 1938
Stotijn forms the Feltkamp-Stotijn-Ketting Trio with the flutist Jo Feltkamp and pianist/composer Piet Ketting. He is asked to perform as first oboist in a series of opening concerts and a subsequent tour of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra in Israel. On Stotijn’s recommendation, Arturo Toscanini first conducts The Hague Philharmonic in 1937, and the following year for the last time.
1941 - 1945
Stotijn becomes a member of the Kulturkammer (Chamber of Culture), ensuring that he will have work. He subtly shows his resistance to the German occupation by playing wrong notes under German conductors. At the 40th anniversary of The Hague Philharmonic in 1944, he performs as a soloist, together with the clarinettist Jaap van Opstal.
Stotijn is a member of the Collegium Musicum Antiqua, an ensemble that performs Baroque music tracked down by the music researcher Willem Noske. Hendrik Andriessen dedicates the 'Ballade for Oboe and Piano' to him.
Stotijn retires from The Hague Philharmonic and the conservatory in The Hague. At his send-off from the conservatory, 15 students play a piece by Louis Andriessen. Many oboists make their way to his house for private lessons.
Stotijn’s son, Haakon Stotijn, first oboist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, dies on November 3 after a lengthy illness.
A broader public gets to know Stotijn’s characteristic vibrato-intonation through the 'Canzone' from Alexander Voormolen’s 'Concerto' (1938) for oboe and orchestra, which serves as background music for the television series 'De Kleine Zielen', based on the book by Louis Couperus.
Jaap Stotijn dies in The Hague on April 5.
Discography Jaap Stotijn
Jaap en Haakon Stotijn
|Type and year||CD, 1998|
|Label||Philips, 462 552-2|
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