Jos Schroevers (1976) is an ambitious young conductor, who knows how to communicate to both musicians and audience, in a passionate manner that clearly shows his love for music. His highly developed communication and teaching skills, combined with his emotional expression, make him a sought-after conductor, both for symphony orchestras and wind bands. Jos believes it is important to be innovative and daring when it comes to classical music and keeps a close eye on new developments. He is interested in various art forms and disciplines, which he tries to melt together.
Jos' interest in conducting began at the age of ten, when - while attending a concert - he received his first baton from the Dutch conductor Heinz Friesen. From that moment on, Heinz Friesen has been a big musical inspiration for Jos. It soon became evident that a new conductor was born.
Jos' musical career began in 1996 at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory, where he studied for his Bachelor of Orchestral Percussion with Jan Pustjens, Peter Prommel and Marinus Komst. As from 1998, he studied for his Bachelor in Conducting at the Brabants Conservatory and Master's in Conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
From august 2008, Jos started focusing more on conducting opera and classical symphony orchestras. Opera in particular has taken a special place and he started to specialize in this. Since 2008, he has directed several operas. His second Master studies, Master of Orchestral and Opera Conducting, at the Southern Academy of Arts in Tilburg, further accelerated his personal musical development. This is mainly due to the very inspiring lessons of Louis Buskens and Antony Hermus. He graduated cum laude by conducting the Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen.
In recent years, Jos also attended several master classes at home and abroad, including St. Petersburg, London and New York. In New York he was selected from more than 100 candidates and conducted Le Sacre du Printemps during the final concert. In London he attended master classes for more than a week by Benjamin Zander. Jos was greatly inspired by this remarkable man; he uses Zander's leadership philosophy and draws energy from its approach to inspire people to make music, which he has described in the book The art of possibility. In 2013, Jos conducted Sinfonia Rotterdam Ensemble and the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. Also, he worked on the opera Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner with the Dutch Touring Opera. He was invited back there in 2014 and worked on the production Sweeney Todd. In May 2014, Jos made his debut as guest conductor of the Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest) and in September 2014, he made his debut with Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (HET Symfonieorkest). In December 2014 he made his debute at the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Het Gelders Orkest) and in 2015 he will conduct The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest). In 2016 he will make his debute with The South Netherlands Philharmonic (philharmonie zuidnederland).
In 2011, Jos was the winner of the prestigious Dutch Conductor Price of Kersjes Fund, which was awarded in The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
There are many things which are very fascinating about Jos. Of course his incredible musicality and his great conducting skills, which give every orchestra a feeling of safety and trust. - Antony Hermus
Jos is a brilliant young conductor. He has a great natural gift for expressing and conveying music. His enthusiasm and love for music are infectious and he communicates with ease and conviction. - Benjamin Zander