Ongestreken is an innovative ensemble with a unique combination of instruments. The partnership between mixed wind quartet and harp allows for a wider range of colors and sounds than many typical wind ensembles. Music for the group is primarily arranged by ensemble members Matthijs van der Moolen and Vincent Martig.
In 2014, Ongestreken organized its first concert tour, performing all across The Netherlands (among others, in the concert program of De Meerse, Hoofddorp). Since then, the amount of repertoire and level of playing in the group have increased, partly with the help of lessons and masterclasses from some of The Netherlands' foremost musicians: Ernestine Stoop (harp), Pete Saunders (trombone), Harrie Starreveld (flute), Eduard van Regteren Altena (cello) and Patrick van Deurzen (composer). Currently, Ongestreken is presenting their program French Kiss: a mix of French music and American jazz influences.
Below, you will find short biographies of the ensemble members.
Michelle studies classical harp at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Ernestine Stoop and Marieke Schoemakers. When she won an award during a summer course in Wales, she started having lessons with Catrin Finch. In the same year, she won the second prize at the international competition of Assia Cunego. Michelle has played in orchestras like the Euregio Youth Orchestra, Dutch Students Orchestra, Netherlands Youth Orchestra and Young Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
Also see www.michelleverheggen.nl.
Matthijs van der Moolen
Matthijs is trombone player and arranger for Ongestreken. He is studying classical and historical trombone at the Royal Conservatoire (NL) with the teachers Pete Saunders, Tim Dowling and Charles Toet. On the modern trombone, he plays mostly 20th- and 21th-century repertoire.
Matthijs regularly plays for a.o. Ars Musica, his ensemble Castello Consort and recordings of EO Nederland Zingt. Before, he has played in the Young Trombone Collective.
Visit www.matthijsvandermoolen.com for more information.
Ben Zelinsky grew up in Washington, D.C.. His first teachers were Linda Harwell and Ying-Ting Chiu. During high school, Ben served as principal bassoon in the American Youth Philharmonic and the Maryland All-State Orchestra. He completed his Bachelor of Music in 2014 at McGill University, where he studied with Stéphane Lévesque. Currently, Ben is pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where he studies with Bram van Sambeek.
Vincent Martig started playing the clarinet when he was eight years old. Since August 2012, Vincent has been studying at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, now in 2nd year Master, with Pierre Woudenberg. In conservatory and student orchestras, Vincent played under Jac van Steen, Susanna Mälkki, and Valery Gergiev. He received masterclasses from Chen Halevi, Ralph Manno, and Olivier Patey. Recently, Vincent has also taken up composing, arranging, and conducting.
Visit www.vincentmartig.nl for more information.
As an 8-year-old Tirza Leenman started playing the flute. At the age of 17 she won the Benelux Flute Competition. At the moment Tirza studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Jeroen Bron, and she received masterclasses from flutists like Emily Beynon and Peter-Lukas Graf. She loves playing in various orchestras and chambermusic ensembles, one of them being the Ricciotti Ensemble.