Since her 9th birthday Mirjam has followed flute lessons, which became a central part in her life. After the first lessons in the music school of the local town, she studied with Erik Verbeek, who prepared her for a study at the conservatory.
In the last few years she has studied at the Conservatory of Maastricht, where she gained both her Bachelor and Master degree. She studied with Philippe Benoît and later also with Valerie Debaele. In June 2017 she finished her Master Classical Music with a Final Master Recital, which was commented by the jury as ‘full of passion and temperament’ and rewarded with a 9!
Because she is eager to learn and develop further she has been following masterclasses with renowned teachers from all over the world, including Peter-Lukas Graf, Dejan Gavric, Emily Beynon, Wissam Boustany, Jürgen Franz, Abbie de Quant, Carlo Jans, Nicole Esposito and Paul-Edmund Davies.
Mirjam got selected in 2013 for the orchestral project “Liverpool Oratorio” of Paul McCartney, which was performed at the World Music Concours in Kerkrade. She also gained orchestra experience as flutist in the project orchestra ‘Ars Musica’, conducted by Patrick van der Linden and in orchestral projects from the conservatory.
However, my focus in performing is in chamber music, where we can bring classical music close to the people. In diverse combinations we play in beautiful churches and on small festivals, but also at congresses or company-parties and weddings.
Next to performing, she has gained already some years of experience in teaching the flute and music theory. After holding a post in diverse music schools, she now teaches in her private music school in Lunteren and Gouda, the Netherlands.