Jaap Nico Hamburger writes music that is lyrical, evocative, and strikingly original. The recording of his piano concerto with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, with pianist Assaff Weisman and conductor Vincent de Kort, was released in August 2020 on Leaf Music, followed by two symphonies in November 2020. His opera Goldwasser is in development, and will premiere in New York in 2021-22.
Jaap Nico Hamburger is a CMC Associate Composer; President and CEO, Orange Music Inc., a Vancouver music production company; and a Director of City Opera Vancouver. He was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and started his musical education at the age of 3. He studied piano with Ruben Lifschitz, Alexandre Hrisanide and Youri Egorov. He is a graduate from the Royal Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a soloist degree in piano.
“[Hamburger’s writing] is very atmospheric and infiltrates your mind in a rather surreptitious fashion … the music leaves an impression that lingers long after audition.”
— Jean-Yves Duperron
“[His piano concerto] is a powerful, intense work, largely tonal and thoroughly approachable yet unusual in a number of respects.”
His debut opera Goldwasser, currently in development, which will bring Canadian culture to the world stage with a highly anticipated premiere in New York in 2021-22.
The recording of his Symphony no. 2 will be released on November 2020 with Leaf music and was performed in October 2019 by the Orchestre Métropolitain on the Violins of Hope, instruments which once belonged to Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.
for the International Court of Justice
The United Nations and Dutch State Department commissioned a concerto for harp and orchestra on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands. The premiere is scheduled for April 2021 and will be performed by renowned harpist Lavinia Meijer.