Thomas Dulfer has been appointed new young artist in residence (yair) of the National Youth Orchestra this past Friday evening, as he was presented to friends and volunteers. Together with the Helikon Quartet and Talítha Cumi Witner on the theorbo, Thomas gave three wonderful mini concerts in The Garage in Radio Kootwijk. That same evening, Thomas was awarded the BNG Bank Music prize.
The BNG Culture Foundation has been supporting young talent for years in the fields of theatre, literature, performing arts and dance, and now music has been added to this impressive list. The award includes a 20,000 euro check which Thomas gets to assign to the various projects he is realising in cooperation with the National Youth Orchestra.
Since 2008 the National Youth Orchestra selects a young artist in residence before each NYO Music Summer. Without exception, candidates are extraordinarily talented young Dutch musicians, who are given a prominent position within the NYO Music Summer festival and the opportunity to develop several special projects during that time. Being selected as a yair is considered to be a great honour and it has been known to give an impuls to the musician's professional career. As know Remy van Kesteren (harp, 2011), Emmy Storms (violin, 2012), Andrea Vasi (piano, 2014), Shin Sihan (violin, 2016) and Pieter van Loenen (violin, 2018) in recent years.
25-year old Thomas has worked with the National Youth Orchestra on various projects in the past, during which time he portrayed to be not only a gifted musician but also a wonderful inspirator to others. He has a clear vision and some very interesting ideas for future projects. He's won other awards such as the first prize in the regional finals of the Prinses Christina Concours, a first prize at the BassoonNetwork and the Classic Young Master Award.
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