Fleur Bouwer (1985) studied the clarinet with Herman Braune and Antony Pay at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam. Her lessons with Antony Pay were made possible by the Prince Bernhard Culture foundation. In January 2009 she obtained her Master of Music with distinction. Currently, she continues her clarinet education with regular masterclasses and private lessons, among others with professor Yehuda Gilad.
Furthermore, in 2011 Fleur graduated cum laude as Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, in addition to her work as a freelance clarinettist, she works as a PhD student in music cognition with professor Henkjan Honing.
As a clarinettist, Fleur has won several prizes, most notably in the Princess Christina Competition 2001 and the Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland (SJMN). She was elected Dutch Young Musician of the year 2001 by the SJMN.
Fleur was a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (JON) between 2001 and 2003 and of the National Youth Orchestra (NJO) between 2005 and 2007. She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2006 till 2009, working with renowned conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt and Colin Davis. Fleur currently works as a freelance clarinettist in several Dutch orchestras.
Fleur played as a soloist with a.o. the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Groninger Mozart Ensemble and the Symfonie Orkest Haerlem. After a succesfull audition, Fleur appeared in the prestigious series "Het Debuut" in 2008 as a member of Trio Contrasten, together with Maria Milstein (violin) and Martijn Willers (piano). Fleur appeared in multiple radio and television broadcasts and is very active as a chamber musician, at festivals like the International Chambermusic Festival Schiermonnikoog 2009 and the Hortus Festival 2010.
Fleur aims to bring music and the field of music cognition to audiences, both by playing and by educating people about the amazing bond between humans and music.
For more information, see Fleur Bouwer's personal page.