Photographer: Nico Koster
Location: Spiegelzaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ineke Hellingman is one of the most promising Dutch young pianists. She started playing at age six and made her orchestral debut at age twelve. After completing the Preliminary Education and bachelor studies under the tutelage of Marjès Benoist at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Ineke continued her studies with the French renowned pianist and conductor Jean-Bernard Pommier. Her final master recital was awarded with the highest possible distinction, an achievement for which she was honored with the Hartman Award for Excellency.
Ineke took part in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed pianists such as Håkon Austbø, Tatiana Zelikman, Kathryn Stott, Valentina Lisitsa, Igor Roma and Yundi Li. She was also taught frequently by Ralph van Raat on contemporary music.
Besides her piano studies, Ineke has a keen interest in history, literature and philosophy.
Ineke performed extensively in all major venues throughout The Netherlands like the Concertgebouw, het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam and De Doelen Rotterdam. She also performs regularly abroad in Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. In november 2010 Ineke won a gold medal during the 1. Klavierwettbewerb 'Freestyle' in Bern, Switzerland.
Apart from being a soloist, Ineke is an active chamber musician in several ensembles. She took part in chamber music courses involving eminent musicians like Mikhail Voskresensky, Peter Brunt and Maarten Mostert and performed in festivals like the Orlando Festival and the Beethoven Festival Zutphen.