Jacques Beers initially studied in Zwolle, where his father was conductor of the Stedelijk Orkest and a cello and wind instrument teacher at the music school. At age 12, he became the organist at the Roman Catholic church in Zwolle. Upon completing his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he tries ...
Biography Jacques Beers
Jacques Beers initially studied in Zwolle, where his father was conductor of the Stedelijk Orkest and a cello and wind instrument teacher at the music school. At age 12, he became the organist at the Roman Catholic church in Zwolle. Upon completing his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he tries to build a life for himself in Paris, but the outbreak of World War II forces him to return to Amsterdam.
Jacques Beers is born in Amersfoort on June 2.
He is awarded the piano diploma of the Netherlands Toonkunstenaars Vereniging, and the conductor Evert Cornelis helps him get a grant to study at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Beers does his final exam as a piano major at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
He is the first student at the Amsterdam Conservatory to graduate as a music history major with Sem Dresden.
He leaves for Paris without having clear plans, but certain he can “learn much there”. He studies composition with Jean Huré and Nadia Boulanger. The 'Trois chansons pour danser' is his first composition in Paris, and he dedicates it to the Brazilian singer of contemporary music Vera Janacopoulos, a Parisian resident.
For the Algemeen Handelsblad, he writes a column called “Musical Life in Paris”. He works not just as a correspondent in Paris, but also a repetiteur and accompanist of soloists.
Beers becomes the cantor and organist at the German Evangelical church in Paris. He studies composition with Jean Huré and Nadia Boulanger. His most important pieces date from this period.
He wins third prize for a triple concerto – Concerto pour une voix soprano, saxophone alto et piano avec orchestre – in a competition for small orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Ravel recommends him to his publisher, Salabert, as a “musician of the future”.
He dedicates the Missa sine tenore to his second teacher in France, Nadia Boulanger, in gratitude for the private lessons he receives from her.
The outbreak of war forces him to move back to the Netherlands. He works for a time as a music teacher in Amsterdam and then as a music director with the Netherlands radio broadcast company.
Jacques Beers dies on june 15.
Jurjen Vis, since 2004 the chairman of the Jacques Beers Foundation, works to promote the composer's music. The Attacca label issues a double CD with chamber music and Beers' biography.
In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.