Concertmaster Emeritus

Jan van den Berg

Jan van den Berg has been Concertmaster with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra since 1992 where he has been instrumental in the growth and the artistic development of the Symphony in recent years.

Educated in the Netherlands, Jan gained his Soloist Diploma at the Amsterdam Conservatoire where he studied with Jo Juda, Flesch student and Concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He also participated in further studies and master classes with Dick de Reus, Steven Staryk, Christian Ferras and Shlomo Mintz.

Jan’s experience includes leading positions with many international orchestras: Rotterdam Philharmonic; Cape Town Opera; SABC Radio; Adelaide, Perth and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and the New Zealand Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

Recognised as a fine and gifted soloist, chamber musician and lecturer, Jan has concertised all over Europe, South Africa, East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and has been a participant in many important festivals and a panel member of the preliminary Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Highlights in New Zealand include Philip Norman’s Concerto for Piano and Violin, and the premiere of Ted Carr’s Violin Concerto with the CSO.

Jan has worked extensively with many distinguished conductors and soloists over the years, including Antal Dorati, Sir Charles McKerras, James Judd, Barry Tuckwell, David Tidboald, Richard Bonynge, David Atherton, David Zinman, Franz Paul Decker, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Poliansky, Vladimir Verbitsky, Vlado Kamirsky, Pierre Boulez, Pinchas Zukermann, Arvo Volmer and Sir Malcolm Sargeant.

He has also worked with many great soloists such as Alfred Brendel, Jorge Bolet, Campoli, Henryk Szerynk, Grumiaux, Christian Ferras, Igor Oistrach, Rucciero Ricci, Michael Houstoun, Joan Sutherland, Pavarotti, and pop icon Elton John.