Founder and artistic director; harpsichord, organ
“Monteverdi XL is literally a childhood dream come true. I was first exposed to Monteverdi’s remarkable music when I was only 17; it was truly love at first sight – or sound? Together with the extremely talented and motivated musicians of Le Nuove Musiche, we have embraced this grand adventure, exploring the bewitching combination of fluid lines and sensual poetry.”
Krijn, a true multi-talent, studied organ, piano, choir conducting and church music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His greatest inspiration and influences came, however, from the masterclasses by the baroque specialists Nicolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt.
Krijn has conducted ensembles all over the world in repertoire ranging from Bach to Mozart, Brahms and Poulenc. He has been an honored guest conductor with the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Dutch Radio Choir, the Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Conservatories of Turino, Wroclaw, Lugano and Malmö. He is the principal conductor of the New Bach Ensemble (NL), which not only performs the St. John Passion annually, but also investigates a broad range of repertoire, often in crossover formations. He was professor at the Utrecht Conservatory and later became artistic director of the Conservatory in Enschede, where he championed the cause of academic reform. He is co-founder and artistic director of the renowned Van Wassenaer Competition for Early Music.
Krijn has been healthily obsessed with the works of Claudio Monteverdi for many years, leading to the monumental project of recording all nine books of madrigals. As a source of inspiration, he embarks on mammoth cycling tours through, of course, Italy. Monteverdi and artistic innovation are the leitmotifs running through Krijn’s career.