Vincent van Laar performs frequently in the Netherlands and abroad as an organist, harpsichordist and continuo player. Besides his greatest passion, the music of J.S. Bach, he has a predilection for the music of J.P. Sweelinck and the North German repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. As a continuo player and soloist he is a member of Concerto d’Amsterdam and The Northern Consort; as a guest he plays frequently with Musica Amphion. Vincent van Laar‘s teachers included Nico van den Hooven, Harald Vogel, Glen Wilson and Bob van Asperen. He graduated in organ at the Utrecht Conservatory in 1984, and in harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 1988. He won organ competitions in Zeerijp (1981), Toulouse (1983) and Alkmaar (1991). Besides many radio broadcasts, Vincent van Laar‘s CD recordings include: – the complete organ works of Melchior Schildt on the Schnitger organ in Norden; – the 24 Capricetten by Jacob Wilhelm Lustig on the harpsichord and the Hinsz organ in Appingedam; – cantatas by J.S. Bach with obbligato organ, with the countertenor Maarten Engeltjes and Concerto d’Amsterdam; – the complete organ works of Johann Adam Reincken and Nicolaus Bruhns on the organ of the Martinikerk in Groningen. Vincent van Laar also recorded organ works by Sweelinck, which was awarded an Edison.
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