The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes Max van Egmond, Dutch baritone, in residence Nov. 2 – 8 as part of the Five Friends Master Class Series, honoring Georgina Joshi.
On Sunday, Nov. 8, he will be featured as soloist alongside Professor Mary Ann Hart and Professor Emeritus Paul Elliott in the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project performance under Professor Dana Marsh’s musical direction. Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158 and Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200 are the two cantatas to be performed that day at 2:30pm at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. All events are free and open to the public.
Van Egmond was born in 1936 in Semarang on the island of Java, Indonesia, then the Netherlands’ East Indies. After World War II, back in his homeland, he went to the Willem de Zwijger Lyceum (Bussum) and the University of Utrecht. He took private music lessons with Tine van Willigen and Anthon van der Horst.
Before embarking on his singing career, he employed his vocal skills in a different way, as a newsreader with the National Broadcasting Company of the Netherlands in Hilversum, from 1955 to 1959.
Van Egmond’s international singing career of nearly half a century lasted from about 1958 to 2005. He toured all over the world, appearing most frequently in Japan, the United States., and Canada. As a lyric bass-baritone with impeccable coloratura, and emphasis on language and diction, he appeared in oratorios, operas, concerts, and recitals. He recorded dozens of LPs and CDs, including most of Bach’s vocal works; operas by Monteverdi, Rameau, Purcell, and Handel; oratorios by Schütz and Reger; and songs by Purcell, Beethoven, Schubert, and Fauré, among others.
His teaching also took him all over the world, and he was on the faculty of the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he headed the Early Music Department for several years. Presently, he teaches at summer academies, notably in San Francisco, at the American Bach Soloists Academy.
The series honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School students–Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak, and Robert Samels–was established in 2013 with a gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation Inc.
The Georgina Joshi Foundation was established in 2007 as the vision of Georgina Joshi’s mother, Louise Addicott-Joshi, to provide educational and career development opportunities for young musicians and to encourage and support public performance of music.
The gift to the school establishes a permanent way for the world to learn about each of the five friends as well as their musical talents and passions, and to encourage the development of similar talents and passions in current and future music students.
The establishment of this endowment by the families is administered by the IU Foundation.