Stijn Berkouwer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He has conducted concerts with Het Gelders Orkest, het Noord Nederlands Orkest, Opera Lab Berlin and the Sachsische Bläserphilharmonie. As a participant in master classes he has worked with Bernard Haitink and David Robertson in Lucerne, with Stefan Asbury in Tanglewood, and with Peter Eötvös and Johannes Schlaefli.
As assistant conductor he has worked with Ivan Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Antony Hermus and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Simon Rattle and the Dutch National Opera, assisted multiple productions at de Nederlandse Reisopera (Dutch Touring Opera) and has assisted at a modern opera production at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Dutch Anton Kersjes Scholarship for Young Conductors.
“At the dress rehearsal Stijn Berkouwer’s gestures make an exceptionally commanding impression. He clearly possesses a sound intuition for the balance between the string and the wind sections and knows exactly at which point to rein in the volume in favour of the singers. His right hand steadily marks the beat, while the left makes the accents burst forth.”
Der Tagesspiegel 25 April 2014
For the occasion of Bach's 333rd birthday a 333-person orchestra is formed and recorded for Dutch national television (Podium Witteman)