Director Quinten Peelen to leave Liszt Competition

As per 1 March 2016, Director Quinten Peelen (43) will be leaving the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition to become the Director of the K.F. Hein Foundation, also in Utrecht.

Peelen managed the organisation for 16 years, firmly establishing the Liszt Competition nationally and internationally, with masterclasses and selection rounds worldwide and an impressive Career Development Programme for the Prize winners.

A year ago, the 10th edition of the triennial music competition was held at TivoliVredenburg. Mariam Batsashvili, Peter Klimo and Mengjie Han, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima, won First, Second and Third Prize, respectively. As part of their Prizes they have been giving concerts in no fewer than thirty countries. As the director, Peelen was a pioneer in the international tour for the Prize winners.

Quinten Peelen: “It has always been a great pleasure to work and cooperate here; it has been a dream job. While the job carries a lot of responsibility it is also a tremendous privilege to be so intensely involved with young top musicians at the start of their careers. Naturally I am leaving with a heavy heart but also with a good feeling: I am proud of what I was able to accomplish and of the fantastic team that works there now. I would like to thank all my colleagues and the board for a wonderful time.”

Chairman of the Board Martijn Sanders: “I was Chairman of the Board for more than half of the 16 years that Quinten Peelen worked at the Liszt Competition. During that period I was impressed with his many qualities of which I would like to mention his creativity, loyalty, resourcefulness, and diplomacy. But this list is far from complete. The board is grateful to Quinten and wishes him a successful future.”

About Quinten Peelen
Quinten Peelen (1972) has been working at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition since 1997, first as chef de bureau and as of 1999 as director. Aside from his work for the Competition he is also an advisor to the Council for Culture (international culture policy) and music advisor of the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta. In 2010 he was the first Dutchman to receive a grant within the framework of the prestigious Cultural Leadership International programme of the British Council. During the past years Peelen was Vice President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, Chairman of the Board of the theatre group Schweigman& and a member of the Utrecht National Committee for the 4 May Commemoration.