Dutch pianist Annemieke McLane and accordionist Jeremiah McLane, a Vermont-based couple, perform their own arrangements of existing folk-inspired classical music, a repertoire they found fit their diverse musical backgrounds and interest in a wide variety of music. In making these arrangements, Annemieke and Jeremiah have managed to bring out multiple layers of voicing, coloring, timing, and emotion, creating a sound that is simultaneously classical, improvisational, exuberant, introspective, and passionate. Their repertoire includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, Anton Dvorak, Alan Hovhaness, as well as their own compositions.
Originally from the Netherlands, Annemieke Spoelstra McLane was described as having “great intelligence in pedagogy and is a sensitive performer in well-balanced programs” by Zwolle Conservatory where she earned her Master’s in Piano Performance. Annemieke won the National Young Music Talent (Netherlands) for piano-accompaniment, and was praised for her touch and coloring. She has performed in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In 2004, Annemieke made her way to Vermont and was staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory from 2004-2006. She was pianist for the Vermont Youth Orchestra choruses (2010-2012) and has been pianist for the Thetford Chamber Singers and the Concertanto Singers. Annemieke teaches piano at Saint Michael’s College and at her studio, and she has accompanied the Saint Michael’s College Chorale (2004-2015. Presently she is pianist for the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. Annemieke’s first album, Toccare, was released in the fall 2009: “One word for the Schubert: mesmerizing”, Seven Days; “One of Vermont’s finest pianists”, Times Argus.
Playing together since 2010, the Vermont-based husband-and-wife duo performs classical works by European and South American composers who drew inspiration from folk melodies. Annemieke won the First Prize for the best piano-accompaniment at the Netherlands National Young Music Talent, and was a finalist at the international competition in Paris at the ‘Lily and Nadia Boulanger’ competition. Jeremiah was awarded National Public Radio’s “favorite pick” for his recording Smile When You’re Ready, and also French publication Trad Mag ‘s “BRAVO” award for his recording Hummingbird, with Ruthie Dornfeld. Together Annemieke and Jeremiah blend the earthy spirit of folk traditions and the technical skill of classical arrangements to create something that is unique and solely their own. Their program includes compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, and Alan Hovhaness. Maurice Ravel, Anton Dvorak and Astor Piazzolla.
Classical, Singer Songwriter