Composer, arranger, conductor, music theorist, artistic director at Mozartiana; Lecturer at the Maastricht Academy of Music: Board member VvM. (Dutch/Flemish Society for Music Theory)
Jan Ezendam started studying piano, orchestral conducting, theory, and composition in 1972 at the academies of music in Maastricht and Liege with teachers including Jean Antonietti and Henri Delnooz. He has taught theory subjects, arranging and ensemble conducting at the Maastricht Academy of Music since 1980. Since 2008, he has been a member of the research centre “Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts”. His musical versatility is expressed in his various roles as composer, music theorist, conductor, and pianist.
As a composer, he has been awarded various commissions by the Province of Limburg, the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst, the LSO (Limburg Symphony Orch.) Arka and other ensembles.
He has been on the board of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory since 2006. He is frequently invited to lecture and to be a juror at festivals, conferences, and composing competitions in the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Poland;
He has conducted countless choirs and orchestras, including the De Kluis choir based in Geleen, the Orpheus theatre chorus from Roermond and chamber orchestra Musica Ducis based in Den Bosch, the Euregio Kammerorchester, and the Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
After a double-choir production of the ‘Stabat Mater’ (Religious Festival Maastricht) in the 90s, he started directing multidisciplinary theatre projects such as '1001 Nights' (Arabian Nights), combining choirs with symphonic ensembles, theatre, film and dance. Since 2010, he has been the artistic leader of Mozartiana. In this Art Event, he arranged and conducted ‘Mozartiana I’ in collaboration with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and ‘I-Multicelli’. The final section incorporated the complete Requiem by Mozart (June 2010 Theater aan het Vrijthof, LSO and the 'De Kluis’ choir). Two Mozartiana concerts were held in December 2012.