For years, musicians of the Concertgebouworkest have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series. This Close-up concert is part of the Horizon week focusing on Dutch music, Play Dutch with me. Stijn Berkouwer has been invited to conduct an ensemble of players from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during performances of Septet by Kees van Baaren.
In April of 2019 Stijn Berkouwer signed with Blom Music Management. Blom Music Management is a Netherlands based Music management with a number of excellent artists including Willem Jeths, Calliope Tsoupaki, Pieter van Loenen en Matthijs Koene. Blom Music Management will represent Stijn Berkouwer worldwide.
Starting in February 2019, Stijn Berkouwer has been invited as Music Director for the Amsterdam based Symfonieorkest De Philharmonie. Upcoming concerts include Prokofiev’s 6th Symphony in April, and in November they will perform Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in the Royal Concertgebouw. website
On December 3rd of 2016 Stijn Berkouwer was awarded the Anton Kersjes Conducting Scholarship in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This prestigious scholarship for young conductors is awarded by The Kersjes Fund and is aimed at helping the development of a young conductor.