Improvisations Accompanying the Photographic Exhibition ‘MSM, Maastricht and Metamorphic Books’

11 August 2017

A special event will take place during this year’s Annual Graduation at Maastricht School of Management. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary, the School has commissioned renowned Maastricht Harpsichordist Mr. Remy Syrier to perform a set of improvisations to accompany the photographic exhibition entitled ‘MSM, Maastricht and Metamorphic Books’.  This Exhibition, with 20 portrait photos taken by Maastricht based photographer Mr. Brian Megens runs until 13 August at the Centre Céramique, Maastricht. During the Graduation, the photo portraits will be projected onto a large screen, while Mr. Syrier improvises on the harpsichord.

Remy Syrier studied organ with Jean Wolfs and harpsichord with Anneke Uittenbosch and Ton Koopman at the Maastricht Conservatory from 1969 to 1974. He continued his harpsichord and organ studies in Amsterdam with successively Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman. He graduated in 1997 in musicology from Utrecht University and received his doctorate at the same faculty in 2014. His dissertation focuses on the organ builders Joseph (1755-1837) and Adam Binvignat (1789-1850).

As an organ and harpsichord soloist, he has performed all over the European continent and has made CD recordings of historical organs in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. His performances have been recorded by various television and radio broadcasting companies. Moreover he founded the Ensemble Agimont. This group performs baroque chamber music and especially unknown, mostly unedited compositions. Finally Remy Syrier has taught harpsichord as a principal subject at the Conservatories of Maastricht and Tilburg.

Remy Syrier plays a copy of a Pascal Taskin single-manual harpsichord by the Dutch harpsichord maker Onno Peper. Specification: 2 x 8′, Compass: GG- f3. Pascal Taskin is a member of family of harpsichord makers and musicians in the eighteenth century. Originally from the region of Liège, they worked in Paris. Pascal Taskin was born in 1723 at Theux near Verviers, worked from the sixties in Paris under the celebrated harpsichord maker Blanchet and became after Blanchet’s death his follower as a harpsichord maker to the king.

Attending the Graduation Ceremony is on invitation only. Students and invited guests need to register through the registration link provided on the invitation card before 15 September.

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