Death of a Baroque pioneer, 94

We have received reports from hs students and friends of the death yesterday of Jaap Schröder.

The Dutch violinist and conductor was part of as a member of Concerto Amsterdam alongside Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bylsma and Frans Brüggen. He was later director and concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music, and of the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

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  • Jaap Schröder was a true gentleman and scholar as well as a formidable violinist. He played for nearly 20 years in the Netherlands String Quartet, before organizing the first period instrument group to play the Classical string quartet repertoire, the Quartetto Esterhazy. In the US he led with the Smithson Quartet and in Iceland with the Skálholt Quartet, both using period instruments. The chamber group with Brüggen, Bijlsma, and Leonhardt was the Quadro Amsterdam. Concerto Amsterdam was an orchestra Jaap organized and led as concertmaster, a role he later took with the Academy of Ancient Music for their pioneering recording of all the Mozart symphonies. He taught throughout the world. In the US Jaap was invited yearly by Albert Fuller to the the Aston Magna Festival beginning in 1973. He lectured frequently at Yale. His students and those who played with him remember him with admiration and love.

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