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Ernst Stolz is engaged in various aspects of music education. One of his major activities is the teaching of piano lessons at his music studio. Ernst is an experienced and much sought-after piano teacher, and has worked as a teacher of music in secondary education. He enjoys giving music lessons to both children and adults, and he considers these activities an important mission.Ernst is a performer of early music (Renaissance and Baroque). He thinks it is of great importance that he is engaged himself, in making music at a high level. He primarily focuses on the viola da gamba, but also plays harpsichord. It is his conviction that there are always new things to learn in music and from the music itself. Ernst has received his training at several Dutch institutes of music, including The Royal Conservatory. He studied recorder with Micheal Barker, harpsichord with Bob van Asperen, forte-piano with Stanley Hoogland and voice with Meinard Kraak. Ernst received his piano lessons from Sumiko Nagaoka at The Utrecht Conservatoire, where he graduated as a teacher/musician. In addition, he studied choir conducting in Tilburg with Louis Buskens, as well as music education in Rotterdam. Apart from the many hours of teaching, he practices his various instruments on a daily basis. It is his conviction that there are always new things to learn in music. Other teachers include Bernard Kruijsen, Marjanne Blok, Jaques Ogg, Max van Egmond, Erik van Nevel and Rebecca Stewart. For some time, he also worked with viola da gamba players such as Wieland Kuijken, Freek Borstlap and José Vasquez.Frequently, Ernst participates in early music consorts and Cantata performances. His fine instruments have been built by Marco Ternovec and Floris van der Voort among others. The playing of the viola da gamba, occupies a central place in his musical future. It is his intention to promote this wonderful instrument by public performance and the giving of private lessons.Ernst Stolz is available for basso continuo parts and playing Bach cantatas and the like. He performs frequently together with harpsichordist Karel Smagge. The music recordings that he publishes on YouTube, amongst other things, have turned gradually into a substantial part of his music practice. In these video clips, Ernst performs various works from his vast repertoire in accordance with period performance practice. For many years, Ernst worked as a music teacher for Stichting Buitenkunst. Apart from the teaching activities at his own music studio, Ernst is also frequently occupied as a choral conductor.

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