Conductor – Gerrit Maas
Gerrit Maas is choir and orchestra conductor. He studied musicology at Utrecht University and orchestral conducting with Lucas Vis at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He also took executive classes with Jos Vermunt and Johan Rooze, and master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Georg Grün and Jorma Panula, among others.
Gerrit Maas made his debut as a conductor at the age of seventeen, when he conducted a school performance by Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In 2009 he completed his conservatory studies with two versions of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. His repertoire contains many of the major oratorios, such as Joshua van Händel and Orffs Carmina Burana. He performed the requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Verdi, Saint-Saëns and Duruflé with musicology students from Utrecht University. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach occupies a special place in his work. In addition to the monthly cantata services in Utrecht, he also led performances of Bach’s Hohe Messe, the Johannespassion, the Matthäuspassion and the Weihnachtsoratorium with various choirs and orchestras. His reconstruction of the Markus Passion premiered in 2013. In addition to the major works, Gerrit Maas likes to work with chamber choirs. Renaissance music and more recent music from the Slavic language area and the Baltic states are of particular interest to him.
In addition to his position as choral conductor of CM, Gerrit Maas is the permanent conductor of the Domstad Youth Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble Kwartz in Haarlem and the Christian Oratory Association Zaanstreek. He is also conductor of the Utrecht Bach cantata services in the Geertekerk. He is also active as a continuo player.