Jaap Nico Hamburger writes music that is lyrical, evocative, and strikingly original. An upcoming recording includes his works for piano, including the piano concerto, piano sonata, and chamber music, and will be released in 2020. His opera, Goldwasser, is in development for a premiere in New York in 2020.
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 Reuben Lifschitz, Alexandre Hrisanide and Youri Egorov. Early performances included the Brahms D-minor Concerto at the age of 13, and Mozart KV 488 at age 18. He is a graduate from the Royal Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a soloist degree in piano. He has lived in Vancouver, BC since August, 2000.
“He is poised to become recognized as one of the great composers of our time. His wide palette of orchestral colours, clever use of folk song elements and driving energy are sure to delight music listeners in concert halls and streaming platforms alike in the years to come. We are consistently impressed by Jaap Nico Hamburger’s bold and visionary approach to addressing difficult and challenging themes with hope and optimism through his music.”
— Jeremy Van Slyke
“Hamburger is not only a composer, but also a cardiologist at Vancouver General and St. Paul's hospitals, the owner of a Vancouver music production company and a director of City Opera Vancouver..”
— Cynthia Ramsay