I am Geert Jan Kroon (1981): a motivator, inspirator and creative optimist. My goal is to inspire musicians to show the best of themselves
I studied Art, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen with a master's degree in Musicology in Utrecht (degree 2012). Since then I developed my own style as a conductor, composer and musical entrepreneur. The ideas of the conductor Benjamin Zander have inspired me. As artistic director of the Lûd fan de Middelsee project, I have experienced that it is possible to motivate 250 musicians to give an enchanting concert in the open air for 40 minutes.
Lûd fan de Middelsee's motto was 'reinventing yourself', a slogan that suits me well, because I am always looking for depth, development and new ideas to try out. I also want to spark that passion in others. As a coach I challenge conductors, composers and musicians to look at their own work from a different perspective. I provide tools and open doors to new approaches.
New opportunities have opened up for me through my study of compositions at the ArtEZ conservatory. In my compositions I like to use techniques from contemporary music that are less common for harmonies, fanfares and brass bands. As a result, my music has its own sound and is still accessible to the general public.
In short, I want to get the best out of myself, the musicians I work with and I want to inspire colleagues with new perspectives. But above all I want to infect people with my passion for music. Or as Zander puts it: success is measured by how many glittering eyes you see around you.