Extended Curriculum Vitae
Violoncellist Detmar Leertouwer was born in the Netherlands. As interpreter he is equally at home with the modern 'cello and its repertoire as with earlier musical styles using period instruments. He started piano lessons with his mother and later began to play violoncello. He also studied ballet at the Arnhems Conservatory and Dance Academy. He attended the preparatory class of Dmitri Ferschtman during his grammar school years and after his final examination he became fulltime student at the Utrechts Conservatorium, majoring in violoncello and piano. Detmar Leertouwer continued his studies at the International 'Cello Centre in Scotland with Jane Cowan and in Rochester (USA) with Suzie Wijsman. He returned to the Netherlands to study baroque 'cello with Hidemi Suzuki and finished his studies with Phoebe Carrai and Pieter Wispelweij. This was followed by three years of study in Switzerland with Christophe Coin (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and Peter Hörr and - with the aid of a Fulbright Grant - one year in Cambridge/Boston at the Longy School of Music.
Detmar Leertouwer was prize winner in the 'van Wassenaer Competition Amsterdam' and he was awarded the first ensemble prize with 'I Musici Gelosi' in the 'Schmelzer Wettbewerb' in Melk (Austria).
He toured Holland and Japan several times with his ensemble 'La Scatola deli Aghi'.
Detmar Leertouwer played in several ensembles and with musicians including Musica Antiqua Köln (Reinhard Goebel), Salzburger Hofmusik (Wolfgang Brunner), Collegium 1704, René Jacobs, Concerto Köln, Wiener Akademie (Martin Haselböck), le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Barokensemble de Swaen, Holland Baroque Society. He was first 'cellist of l’Orfeo Barockorchester with Michi Gaigg.
Detmar Leertouwer has collaborated a lot with dancers. He participated in 'Por Vos Muero' by Nacho Duato playing in the Jordi Savall ensemble. He worked together with Philippe Olsa in his Basel edition of 'Madame y Monsieur'. He travelled on a nationwide tour with the Dutch ballet company Introdans, performing Bach solo ‘cello suites in the programme 'Bach & Beat'. With the same dance company he toured Holland and Germany with Schubert’s 'Death and the Maiden' string quartet with choreography by Ed Wubbe. He launched his own dance/music programme 'Dialogue between a Dancer and a 'Cellist' in 2006.
Detmar Leertouwer taught a class for baroque 'cello at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen (Germany).
He also was professor for violoncello and chamber music as well as performance practice at the Juan N. Corpas University in Bogotá (Colombia). He participated many times in the early music courses in Colombia (Música Antigua para Nuestro Tiempo, Colombia - Schola Cantorum Basiliensis).
He served as professor for violoncello and chamber music in the Master’s Programme at the Central University in Bogotá.
During a tour in Colombia with pianist Pilar Leyva he introduced the music by the Sovjet avant-garde composer Galina Ustvolskaja in South-America.
Since 2014 Detmar Leertouwer is the ‘cellist of the ‘reART Ensemble’.
Detmar Leertouwer plays on a baroque 'cello (Tononi-copy by Willibrord Crijnen) which has been lent to him by the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation (NMF). His modern 'cello is made by Tanja Brandon.
At present he is recording a DVD registration of the 6 solo suites for ‘cello by J.S. Bach in 6 different castles in Europe, to be released very soon.
For bookings and other details, please contact:
Dominus Maris Music Productions
Don del Mar: [email protected]