Photo by Mascha Jansen


Krashna is the student orchestra and choir from Delft. The association showcases a unique combination of technical students and classical music and provides a meeting place for all like-minded with an interest in music. This project is a collaboration with the New Media Centre of the TU Delft and was filmed at the Dream Hall of the TU Delft.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has an extensive chamber music series called Close Up. Stijn Berkouwer was invited to perform the Septet (1952) by Kees van Baaren. Due to covid there was no audience, but the performance was recorded for streaming.

Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Pepijn Gunneweg, Eric Robillard and Stijn Berkouwer developed a series of school concerts called “Welkom bij het Orkest” with concerts in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

“Welkom bij het Orkest” was featured on Dutch national television January 5 2020 with Stijn Berkouwer conducting the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest.

On the occasion of Bach’s 333rd birthday a 333 player orchestra played the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. This special birthday present for the beloved composer was organised by 24 Classics, Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest|Nederlands Kamerorkest and Podium Witteman (Dutch TV).

In 2016 Stijn Berkouwer won the prestigious Dutch Anton Kersjes Scholarship for young conductors. This documentary was made for that occasion.

This interview with Ivan Fischer was recorded in the Spring of 2015 for the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

In the summer of 2013 Stijn Berkouwer participated in a Masterclass with David Robertson during the Lucerne Summer Festival. On the programme was the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen.

In 2010 the Conservatory of Amsterdam celebrated its 125th birthday. For this occasion filmmaker Jaap van Eyck created a documentary that aired on 25 April 2010 on Dutch national television. For this film Van Eyck followed four students in their daily lives at the conservatory.



Newspaper Article

“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

In May 2014 Stijn Berkouwer graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with a staging of Mozarts opera La Finta Giardiniera. The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel published an extensive article by Benedikt von Bernstorff about this performance.

The full article (in German) can be read here or downloaded here

CD recording

In 2014 Stijn Berkouwer conducted a CD recording of selected works from a GEMA composition competition with the Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie. This is (a fragment of) the work Traversée by Alexander Liebermann.