Housed in a 16th century urban farmhouse (where a horse, two cow and three pigs were stalled in what is
now the living room) 'downtown' in the medieval moated city of Elburg, the Netherlands,
wwclassics is the umbrella for the activities of its two founders:
Wilson & Wennekes.
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Born and raised in Boston, Cynthia Wilson was educated at Concord Academy
and Sarah Lawrence College before following her passion for the harpsichord
to Amsterdam where she continued her studies to become a performer
while voicing keyboards to pay the rent. Twelve years of concerts and
conservatory teaching were later followed by a series of exciting
music management positions after moonlighting as Secretary General
of the International Federation of Interior Architects/
Interior Designers, IFI, there learning the international management trade:
Editor in Chief of Classical Music, NCRV - a Dutch public broadcasting company
Artistic Manager Music Center Frits Philips Eindhoven
Artistic Director Tromp International Music Competition
Artistic Manager Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Artistic Manager Gergiev Festival Rotterdam
wwclassicsonline, launched in September, 2007, will be the focus of her
activities in the coming years, a digital manifestation of a variety of employments:
policy - production - publication -
common denominator in these being great classics performances. cyntillating sounds
Born and raised in Holland, Emile Wennekes was educated at Utrecht University majoring in musicology,
broadened by a specialisation in cultural history. This second interest is directly reflected in his master's
dissertation on the Dutch journalist/novelist Frans Coenen and certainly in his Phd thesis concerning the
Amsterdam Crystal Palace. This book documents the monument's history, architecture, programming,
and socio-economic impact before it was destroyed by fire in 1929, as well as presenting the significant
history and influence of Amsterdam's own Jewish community.
Wennekes was named Professor at his alma mater only months after receiving his doctorate degree.
He remained active as a music critic for the Dutch daily newspapers NRC Handelsblad
and De Volkskrant for a few years after this, alongside moonlighting as programmer and producer of
concerts and cd's for Music Group Netherlands and the NCRV, a Dutch public broadcasting company.
Nowadays he is a Full Chaired Professor of musicology in Utrecht where he is also Head of Schools of the
Media and Culture Studies Department of the Humanities Faculty.
Wennekes continues to publish articles and books regularly, most recently on contemporary composers in the Netherlands
and on Maestro Bernard Haitink. Other publications to date have been relevant to Bach, Mozart and Mahler reception, string
quartets, opera culture, among other topics. He is a regular contributor to the Grove and MGG reference series.
Some of his publications are available in six languages, one has been translated into Chinese.
He is active in the musical infrastructure of the Netherlands and Belgium both as a chairman, board member and
as an independent adviser to public and private ensembles, institutions, committees and competitions.
His most recent field of interest is Music and Media, what he coins 'Mediatizing Music', with a z.
This has already resulted in a young and exciting Study Group, MaM, which was launched
in Amsterdam in July, 2009 under the auspices of the International Musicological Society.
There is a great deal of goings on in Wennekes' Workshop,
witness the lengthy list of links on his page wennekes' workshop
Man Tells All Columnist Hans Mantel
Born in Rotterdam, double bass player Hans Mantel has performed with, lectured on, interviewed and
presented some great names in jazz:
George Benson, John Scofield, Art Blakey, George Duke and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few.
Marsalis on Mantel:
" Hans Mantel possesses a big sound and a big desire to make music feel good.
He walks very intelligent lines with the physical intensity required to make the bull fiddle swing."
Mantel produces radio shows for NPS (Dutch public broadcasting) and RNW (Radio Netherlands Worldwide),
lectures extensively and teaches at varied conservatories.
He is of the rare breed that combines musical performance with musicological endeavour and has recently
graduated with a Masters Degree from the University of Utrecht. man tells all
Photography and design Credits:
wwclassics logo: Richard Linington, FCSD
used cms: cfcms
Mahler score, as notated by Willem Mengelberg: from the collection of the Netherlands Music Institute, see http://www.nederlandsmuziekinstituut.nl
Beaux Arts Trio: Marco Borggreve
Liza Ferschtmann: Kasskara
wwclassics office: Paul Boekenoogen
Emile Wennekes: Nout Steenkamp/ FMAX
Cynthia WIlson: studio 3punt2 Eindhoven