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Dutch conductor Joost Smeets,

1st Prize winner of the Cordoba Conducting Competition Spain 2013, 1st Prize winner of the Black Sea International Conducting Competition Romania 2014 , 2nd Prize winner of the Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition Budapest Hungary 2015 and Laureate Blue Danube Opera Conducting Competition 2015 Bulgaria.

Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Chamber Philharmonic der Aa Groningen Holland,

conducted with great acclaim Opera and Symphonic programs in his career with renowned orchestras including:


- Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen Germany

- Boise Philharmonic Orchestra USA

- MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest Hungary

- North-Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Groningen Holland

- St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra Russia

- Symphony Orchestra Cordoba Spain

- Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra Russia

- Limburgs Symphony Orchestra Maastricht Holland

- Chamber Orchestra Fiorentina Florence Italy

- Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Enschede Holland

- Kislovodsk Symphony Orchestra Russia

- State Opera Rousse Bulgaria

- Orchestra Nazionales Artes Florence Italy

- Holland Symfonia Amsterdam Holland

- National Youth Orchestra Spain (JONDE)

- Volga Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Samara Russia

- Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra Romania

- Orchestra Audimus Udine Italy

- State Symphony Orchestra Kiev Ukraine

- National Theatre "Oleg Danovski" Constanta Romania

- New Professionals Orchestra London U.K.

- North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice Czech Republic

- Chelyabinsk Symphony Orchestra Russia

- Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra Romania

- Symphony Orchestra Music Academy Ljubljana Slovenia

- Black Sea Symphony Orchestra Constanta Romania

- St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra Carpe Diem Russia

- National Symphony Orchestra Holland

- Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands

- Bulgarian State Opera Bourgas, Bulgaria

- Arkhangelsk State Chamber Orchestra Russia

- National  Chamber Philharmonic Holland

- Ensemble Berkel Barock Holland


Performed Opera's:

G. Verdi:         La Traviata


G. Puccini:     Madama Butterfly


G. Rossini:     Il Barbieri di Sivigla

W.A. Mozart:  Le Nozze di Figaro

V. Bellini:        Norma


In the immediate future Smeets will conduct programs as Principal Conductor of his Chamber Philharmonic der Aa Groningen and is (re)invited to conduct the following orchestras:


- Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Enschede Holland

- Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra Poland

- Latvian National Symphony Orchestra Riga Latvia

- MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest Hungary

- Varna Philharmonic Orchestra Bulgary

- Orchestra of the Minsk Academic Musical Theater Belarus

- South Netherlands Philharmonic Holland

- Tamaulipas State Symphony Orchestra Mexico



The Reutlinger General Anzeiger wrote the following about a concert with the Württemberigische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Germany.



The Dutch conductor, Joost Smeets, opened the concert with Guiseppe Verdi’s overture from the opera “La forza del destino” creating pure theatrical magic. The calm opening cadenza blended seasmlessly into the ill-fated drama. The conductor, luring the sound from the strings with his baton, was inspiring, penetrating to the depths of the music. He allowed the audience to feel that unrelenting power from which cannot be escaped: FATE



Dana Oland wrote in the Idaho Statesman:



An energetic and affable Joost Smeets from the Netherlands, stepped in and made his American debut in Boise. A wonderful presence on the podium,  Smeets charmed the audience with a thoughtful speech and dynamic performance.

Symphony No. 40, one of Mozart’s most recognizable and influential works, made up the second half.

Smeets kept the pace brisk and lively, not wasting a moment. The musicians were spot on throughout, proving their collective prowess with a layered, deeply colored performance that brought out both the joy and melancholy in the piece.



After his first program as Principal conductor of Chamber Philharmonic der Aa with Totenfeier and Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler and Matheus der Maler by Paul Hindemith, reviewer Heinz Wallisch wrote:



Joost Smeets helped his musicians through the demanding program with vibrant energy, but without falling into extremes. The intentions of this conductor, in regards to the desires and demands made of his musicians, are not left to chance. Smeets' enthusiasm works contagiously.



Rafael Nieto López wrote in La Opinion about the concert

with Orquesta Sinfonica de Córdoba Spain.


Beethoven's Corilanus, The orchestra sounded great and very compact and the Dutch conductor gave a masterful overture for his first appearance of the evening.

In Mendelssohns Violinconcerto, he brought soloist and orchestra with care and cleanliness together.

Mozart, the orchestra gave a very delicate orchestral sound, even sounded like a "Camerata", a symphony median. The conductor had chosen for a good careful direction for this famous and popular work. Which resulted in many thunderous applause.


Antonio Tarralba wrote in El dia de Córdoba:


From my point of view, the highest musical quality achieved in the interpretation of the 40th Mozart symphony. Smeets made a wonderful reading, clarity and expressiveness, with numerous successes in a novel (stepping into the phrasing of the opening motif repeats) who created magic on stage. A delight to hear filled with moments of real emotion throughout the symphony.


Rafael Nieto López wrote in La Opinion de Cabra about the concert of Orquesta Sinfoninca de Córdoba in Jaén:


the Dutch conductor Joost Smeets brought this evening with soloist and Orchestra, the program in a beautiful reading of a category in terms of shape and performance comparable to recordings of renowned orchestras and conductors.

The concert was an anthology.


Rafael Nieto López wrote in La Opinion de Cabra about the concert of Orquesta Sinfonica de Córdoba in Cabra:


Good work and leadership of Joost Smeets gave an impressive reading of the score of Mozart's 'Symphony No. 40 in G minor "K550, in Cabra also achieved great success (in Córdoba interpretation was praised by critics), because he did it with a subtlety that Mozart sounded like heaven.

Tribute to this conductor. Braves and applause rewarded this performance.



Ludmilla Modina wrote after a concert with

the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra Carpe Diem:



The orchestra felt the subtle hand of the Dutch conductor Joost Smeets. Possessing a conducting-style which has a magical effect on the orchestra, Smeets awakened the public’s interest in the deeply philosophical and beautiful composition of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony.  



Ludmilla Federova wrote in Uralpress after a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade the following:



Under his baton the orchestra sounded smooth and soulful, and thus gave a very favorable impression.



Minke Muilwijk wrote in newspaper, Dagblad van het Noorden:



Chamber Philharmonic der Aa brought with fresh courage Dutch pieces. On stage conductor Joost Smeets is a charismatic leader. Looking forward with this potential.



Mediagroep Limburg wrote after a LSO concert included works by P. van Anrooij, A. Dvorak, F. Léhar, J. Strauss, J. Gimenez, M. de Falla, etc.



LSO conductor Joost Smeets created comfortability to the orchestra and led them to a brilliant musical evening.



Heinz Wallisch wrote after the American program with works by S. Barber, L. Bernstein and the world- premiere of Stephen Melillo’s Violin concerto with violinist Carla Leurs:



Carla Leurs and the orchestra under the direction of chief conductor Joost Smeets not only received after the world premiere of Stephen Melillo’s Violin Concerto a standing ovation, but also many Bravo’s from the numerous audience. This violin Concerto, full of tempo and time signature changes and changes in atmosphere which was perfectly forged into one whole, received a thunderous success.

A performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story requires not only a good reactive ensemble but also much enthusiasm.

Joost Smeets, ever the shining conductor, and his Chamber Philharmonic der Aa met these requirements showing great flexibility.  



Joost Smeets has conducted a number of important world premieres, including works by American composer Stephen Melillo "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra",

Russian composer Vassily Shishkin "Suite for Chamber Orchestra", Dutch composer Marijn Simons Mariachi, "Ti Te Toca opus 23d", Anke Brouwer, "Kleurengeluidssignaal for Orchestra" and Couscous & Kaas by Toek Numan.



Collaborative soloists included:

- Ernst Daniel Smid, baritone

- Robert Nagy, tenor

- Alexander Krunev, baritone

- Roxana Bageac, soprano

- Maurizio Scarfeo, baritone

- Smaranda Draghici, soprano

- Răzvan Săraru, tenor

- Constantin Acsinte, bass

- Laurențiu Severin, bass

- Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon

- Georgy Gusev, cello

- Elske te Lindert, soprano

- Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo, violin

- Anastasia Goldberg, piano

- Maartje Rammeloo, soprano

- Alexandre Malaimare, violin

- Uros Petrac, tenor

- Carla Leurs, violin

- Matthew Tutsky, harp

- Martijn and Stephan Blaak, pianoduo

- Jeffrey Barker, flute

- Noelle Weidmann, cello

- Tanja Sonc, violin

- Eline Harbers, alto

- Viorela Ciucur, piano

- Anjolet Rotteveel, alto

- Charles Wiffen, piano

- Hayo Boerema, organ

- Thorwald Jørgensen, theremin


Joost Smeets has followed several masterclasses with renowned conductors including Edo de Waart and Michaïl Jurowsky.


Joost Smeets started his musical career as Tuba-player, having studied at the Cologne Conservatory of Music, Department Aachen, Germany. He has been principal tuba in the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Enschede since 1996 combining this post since 1999 with his position as principal tuba in the South Netherlands Philharmonic Eindhoven/Maastricht.

He was appointed a teaching post in 2000 at the Artez Conservatory in Enschede.

Through the years he has played with many orchestras including

- the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

- the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Enschede

- Limburgs Symphony Orchestra Maastricht

- Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hilversum

- Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

- the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam

- Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum

- The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra

- Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra


and had the privilege of working with many great conductors, such as:

Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, Evgeni Svetlanov, Gennadi Rostdestwensky, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Hans Vonk, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Gerd Albrecht, Jean Fournet, Carlo Rizzi, Dmitri Kitajenko and Leonard Slatkin to name a few.

Concert performances have brought him all over the world performing extensively in Europe but also further afield including Japan, Russia, U.S.A. and Indonesia.