Jan Bronda (1977)had his first organ lessons when he was seven years
old. After a few years' study with Piet Wiersma he entered the
Groningen Conservatory, where his professors were Johan Beeftink en
Theo Jellema. In 2009, after further studies with Reitze Smits, he
graduated as Master of Music at the Arts Academy in Utrecht.
In 2011 Bronda celebrated his tenth anniversary as director of music
in the Lutheran Church in Groningen. He initiated an interesting new
series of concerts in the Lutheran Church that has run for ten years
now. In his hometown, his monthly performances of (Bach) cantatas,
on the second Sunday of the month, was widely acclaimed. Bronda also
teaches church music courses in the north of the country, under the
aegis of the United Protestant Church.
In 2006 he founded the Luthers Bach Ensemble, which focuses on
baroque music performances. With the ensemble he performed several
Bach cantatas, and also the so-called Lutheran masses. Bronda does
one-off projects with a number of choirs, and is chief conductor of
the chamber choir Tirana.
At present he is involved in a major project: the reconstruction of
the organ Arp Schnitger built for the Lutheran Church (1699-1717).
It is hoped that the organ will be finished in 2017, 400 years after
the start of Luther's Reformation. Its presence may also add to the
reputation of the city of Groningen as a leading baroque music
centre. It will then be possible to have the organ figure as the
continuo instrument in cantata performances, a practice modern
research seems to recommend.
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