MANOJ KAMPS (Sri Lanka, 1988) was the Junior Fellow in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from 2015-2017. In this time he worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, assisted and conducted several opera productions, taught conducting and music theory and studied with Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, as well as receiving masterclasses from Juanjo Mena and Vasily Petrenko.
He has conducted at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Dutch Touring Opera, Ulster Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Ludwig, Dutch National Opera Academy, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir, Silbersee/VocaalLAB and the Tokyo Telemann Chamber Orchestra.
He conducted first performances and local premieres by composers including Michel van der Aa, Peter Eötvös, Louis Andriessen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rob Zuidam, Boudewijn Tarenskeen, Klaas de Vries and Rodion Shchedrin, at festivals such as the Holland Festival, the AAA Festival of the Royal Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh Festival, November Music, Gaudeamus Festival, and Musica Sacra Maastricht.
He also worked as assistant conductor for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch National Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin and the Netherlands Bach Society, assisting conductors including Iván Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Juanjo Mena and Andrew Manze.
Manoj was selected for several prestigious masterclasses with Bernard Haitink (Lucerne Festival), Carlo Rizzi (European Network of Opera Academies), Marc Albrecht (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra) and Simon Halsey (Rundfunkchor Berlin), as well as with Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko, Jorma Panula and George Hurst.
He began his music lessons with Sureka Amerasinghe, and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, where he studied orchestral conducting (with Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery, supported by the Kersjes Fund for Conductors); composition (with Roderik de Man and Calliope Tsoupaki) and choral conducting (with Jos van Veldhoven and Jos Vermunt), completing the latter with highest honours. He received further professional coaching in choral conducting by Daniel Reuss, supported by the Ars Lunga Foundation.
Manoj eagerly seeks out collaboration with theatre, dance and other art forms. His repertoire reaches from the Renaissance until the present day and includes the entire spectrum of symphony orchestras, instrumental/vocal ensembles, and choirs. Besides working as a conductor, Manoj is active as a composer and arranger. He was a finalist in the composition competition of the Netherlands Radio Choir where he was awarded prizes by the choir and jury. He participated in workshops on opera and opera creation at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (with mentors Martin Crimp and George Benjamin) and at the Bayreuth Festspiele (with the support of the Dutch Wagner Society).
He is also actively involved in music educational projects, having collaborated with the Dutch Radio Music Centre and the Dutch National Opera on large projects and creating his own educational projects that allow schoolchildren to be an integral part of (semi)-professional productions.
For an audiovisual impression of Manoj’s work, please have a look at the Media section of this website.
Last updated in August 2017
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