| Eleonore Pameijer


Trained mostly in Baroque, Classical and Romantic music, Eleonore has inspired many contemporary composers to write compositions especially for her. As a soloist she travels the world bringing to audiences the music which matters to her.

Eleonore’s dedication to a composition, whether old or new, results in exciting and authentic performances.

| In brief

● Graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Bennington College in USA (Vermont) and the “Academia Chigiana” in Italy
● 1985: Principal flute of the ASKO/Schönberg-ensemble, one of the most famous for 20th century music in Europe
● 1996: Took the initiative to create the Leo Smit Foundation, dedicated to promoting the music of forgotten composers and organising more than 200 festivals in Holland, Germany, France and USA as artistic director
● Director of the Future classics label

| Her references

● First prize in flute at the Frank Martin Competition
● Won the Straesser-Verster prize
● Collaboration with conductors such as Ton Koopman, Peter Eötvös, Philippe Entremont and Alexander Vedernikov
● In 2012 she received the royal medal of honour ‘Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau’, presented to her by the Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan

| Her biography

Eleonore Pameijer studied flute with Koos Verheul at the Amsterdam Conservatory where she received her solo diploma ‘cum laude’. She continued her studies with Sue Ann Kahn at Bennington College (Vermont, U.S.A.), also attending master classes with Julius Baker, Samuel Baron and the legendary French flautist Marcel Moyse. After returning to Europe, she studied with Severino Gazzeloni at the Academia Chigiana (Italy). She attended a special Baroque Music course with Jos van Immerseel, Bart Kuyken and Ton Koopman.

She gave her debut recital in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and won the first prize for flute at the Frank Martin competition. She appeared on Dutch national television in a program featuring the young soloists of the year. In 1985, she became principal flautist of the ASKO/Schönberg-ensemble, one of the leading music ensembles of the 20th century in Europe.

Eleonore Pameijer has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and ensembles lead by conductors such as David Porcelijn, Arthuro Tamayo, Richard Dufallo, Ton Koopman, Oliver Knussen, Hans Zender, Ingo Metzmacher, Peter Eötvös, Philippe Entremont, Kenneth Montgomery and Alexander Vedernikov. She has also contributed as a soloist in many Holland Festival productions, also performing in almost every European country, Canada and the USA. Eleonore Pameijer received the Straesser-Verster prize in 1995.

She has made many radio and television recordings as well as an increasing number of CDs for FutureClassics, NM Classics, Philips, Olympia, Attacca and Channel Classics.

In 1996 she took the initiative in establishing the Leo Smit Foundation, dedicated to promoting music by “forgotten composers; victims of the Nazis”.

As artistic leader of this foundation, Eleonore has organised over 200 concerts and festivals in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United States.

She is also the founder and director of the Future Classics recording label.

In 2012 she received a royal medal of honour ‘Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau’, presented to her by the Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan.

…Eleonore Pameyer is a sensitive artist… with exceptional technique, exquisite tone and flair…with a wonderfully varied mix of tones…effortless, virtuosic and poetic…extraordinary music, varied in form and content, always interesting…

Nijmeegs Dagblad

Eleonore Pameyer has a lot to say musically. With her beautiful tone, she deeply moved the audience.

Brabants Dagblad

A garden of passion in Theatrical Hooglied…
The sound of Eleonore Pameijer’s wonderful flute embraces the voice of tenor Marcel Beekman like the arms of a lover… a splendid love affair between the exuberance of the flute and the deep emotion of the voice…

Trouw and Haarlems Dagblad

…charming, flowing, expressive playing…this project has greatly enriched the flute repertoire…the performance cannot be praised highly enough…

AD Haagsche Courant

…Exceptional recital, intense performance, maximum effort, virtuosity, dazzling technique, impressive sound.

NRC Handelsblad

Eleonore Pameyer is gifted with a very pure sound and great musicality, great suppleness, sensitivity and impeccable virtuosity.

Pierre Guillaumont