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Expression of Art Award

2016 sees the launch of the Expression of Art Award by The Set hotels. This year's edition will be issued by the Conservatorium hotel for the Art of Musical Expression.

The Conservatorium hotel has established a strong collaboration with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Amsterdam's University of the Arts since the day of it’s opening in 2011. This year the Conservatorium will emphasize the heritage and history of the building, which has been the house of the former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music from 1983 to 2008. As well as giving the students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam a podium to perform every weekend in the Lounge of the hotel, this year the Conservatorium hotel will give three bands the opportunity to perform on selected dates in the Symphony Room of the hotel.

The first concert on the 21st of February will be by Mateusz Pulawski, guitarist and composer of the jazz band the Lunar Quartet. The second concert on the 10th of April will be by the Gideon Tazelaar trio, who are inspired by music of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. The final concert and day of the award ceremony will be held on the 12th of June with the final performer being Tom Ridderbeekx, trumpeter who made his debut at the North Sea Jazz festival in 2011. The award will consist of a €5000 scholarship, to be used by the winner to further their musical career. 

The professional jury which is appointed to make the final judgment include: 

  • Jasper Blom, a leading tenor and soprano saxophonist of the young Dutch jazzgeneration and one of the most versatile players in the Benelux. Jasper has performed with the likes of Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Nat Adderley, Bob Brookmeyer, George Duke, Randy Crawford, David Liebman, Conrad Herwig and many other international reknowned artists.
  • Edoardo Righini, teacher at Conservatorium van Amsterdam and head of Online Learning and Continuing Education. He is also the author of the highly-praised book Guitar Lessons. 
  • ​Juan Martinez, General Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra at the Royal Concerthall.

Hotel guests and local’s are invited to watch the performances while enjoying coffee, tea and pastries. If you’d like to continue your day at the Conservatorium hotel, enjoy a lunch in our Brasserie which is located in a beautiful internal courtyard with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass ceiling. To view the menu click here. To book a table please click the button below.

May you be interested in attending the third and final concert on the 12th of June, or if you would like more information please email: