Thomas Beke

Thomas Beke is the chair of the foundation. He works as a consultant in social security.

Tsong Ho Chen

As of August 1, 2018, Tsong Ho Chen holds the position of treasurer of the ISLDC Foundation. Tsong is an amateur pianist. He loves vocal music, in particular opera. He holds degrees in mathematics and law. He was a math teacher and ICT consultant for many years, and since 2003 he has been a legal counsel specialized in public procurement. He works in The Hague and Leyden.

Govert Valkenburg

Being the secretary, Govert Valkenburg is primarily responsible for the internal provision of information. He holds degrees in philosophy and social sciences, engineering, and classical vocals. He works at Maastricht Univerisity, and regularly performs as a solo vocalist in early music.

Photo: Ruth Mampuys

Executive Committee

Hans Eijsackers

Dutch pianist Hans Eijsackers was born in The Hague, Holland. He won the first edition of the Rotterdam 3-Day Piano Competition and the Princess Christina Competition when he was only 13 years old. He was winner of the European Piano Competition in 1991 in Luxembourg, also winning its Special Prize for the best song accompaniment.

Hans studied with Koos Bons, Gerard van Blerk, Jan Wijn and György Sebök. In 1992 he graduated at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam. In 1994 he was invited to enter a special programme at the Mozart Academy in Krakow. This resulted in recitals in Poland, Budapest, Cornwall, Asia and New York.

He teaches at the Fontys Academy of Tilburg and the Royal Academy of The Hague, and since 2013 he has been a Professor of “Liedgestaltung” at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Next to this, Hans Eijsackers performs as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist. He toured Italy, Russia and the Far East ( Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan). In 1993, as well as 1994 he received the medal of the Friends of the Concertgebouw. As part of the Concertgebouw “Rising Stars” programme, Hans played in Wigmore Hall, London, the Musikverein, Vienna and Carnegie Hall, New York. His recordings of the clarinet sonatas by Reger and by Brahms with Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer received international acclaim and the cd ‘Auf einer Burg’ with Henk Neven was nominated for a Grammy Award. Recently, their new cd, 'The Sea', with songs by Schubert, Debussy, and Fauré was released.

Hans regularly appears in European Festivals such as Dubrovnik, Proms and the Holland Festival. He was artistic director of the Uitgast Festival in Lelystad (The Netherlands). He was also invited to give concerts, masterclasses and lectures in Surabaya, Indonesia. Recently Hans performed piano concertos by Brahms en Martinu with the Schumann Philharmonie in Chemnitz and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra next to numerous appearances with baritone Henk Neven in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and France. Recently he started a succesfull project together with noted mezzosoprano Christianne Stotijn with theatrical concerts in Belgium and Holland.