"Ardenuir: The Stone in the Sword"
World Premiere, May 20, 2022. Virginia Somerville Sutton Theater, WellSpring, Greensboro, NC.
"The Stone in the Sword is a memorable multi media event. Imagine Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition ....with a plot along the lines of [Tolkien's] Lord of the Rings. Natalie's art is a winning combination of graphic novel art and phantasmagoria. Vincent's music was a marvelous mix of styles. From folk-like, frolicking music that depicts the market, to dramatic outbursts that take place in some battle scenes; from lyrical, romantic music ..to dreamy impressionistic cascades. Vincent's playing brought the artwork alive. He is a powerful performer, and his virtuosic chops were often employed in impressive rapid octaves, shimmering cascades of scales, and occasional glissandos. His lyric playing is admirable as well, with some lovely tunes emanating form the middle of the rich texture.
Timothy H. Lindeman - The Classical Voice of North Carolina.
Carnegie Hall debut
"Dr. Vincent van Gelder is a formidably equipped, no-nonsense virtuoso, his interpretative and temperamental style is remarkably redolent of what I would have expected from a stereotypical “Dutchman”. In fact his playing at this concert made me recall Cor De Groot, a splendid artist whose Philips LP recordings from the 1950s (released in America by Epic) gave me much pleasure."
New York Concert Review
"Vincent van Gelder’s performance of Gaspard de la nuit made light of all the extraordinary difficulties, and got straight to the nub of the work in three musical portraits of deep imagination, with the ability to tell three stories, conjure three scenes to perfection, and even manage, amid its legendary complexities, to find a great deal of wit in ‘Scarbo’."
London Musical Opinion
"Despite the severe demands on the stamina of the performer, Vincent van Gelder remained a proudly sensitive performer to the end, and even found the energy to add his own thrilling and original Fantasy on the Miller’s Dance from Falla’s ‘The Three-Cornered Hat’ as an envoi.
Leslie Howard-British Liszt Society newsletter
[performance of the four Chopin Ballades]: “He brought out the different layers with the precision of a brain surgeon”.
St. Louis Post
"The result was really good at the concert. The music was magnificent and magnified the atmosphere of the artwork, and the artwork always put the piano in the right context. The result was definitely fun"
Concert at Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland
"To describe this evening as good playing is a complete understatement; the illustrations by Natalie were an essential part of the enjoyment".
-Classical Voice of North Carolina
Concert at East Carolina University
Being active as a performer is an essential part of my life as a teacher. I have taught over 200 students, adults and children, since 1999. Students I taught at University level (Duke University), master classes in several countries, Summer Camps (UNCG), a music store, a day school, St. Mary's Music Academy, and privately. Over the years, I have had many successful students. Several have won in state-wide competitions, played several times at the ‘most talented kids of NC’ portion of the Focus on Piano Literature Conference at UNCG, the MTNA State Conference, and even in showcases at Carnegie Hall. They have won first places at consistently at several of the piano competitions in the Triad, including the Kotis piano competition, and the Triad Young Artist Piano Competition. Several of my younger students have moved on to study piano at the College level. My strength as a teacher comes from a vast knowledge of literature, degrees not only in performance, but also in piano pedagogy, the ability to inspire my students to play, and the skill to spot specific problems in a student’s playing immediately.
My approach to teaching is to work with children and adults of all ages towards their goals, using material we can both agree on. This is important as some works will be difficult enough to require longer periods of work. A student only get's the best out of his/her talent if they are sufficiently inspired. I do require students to become skilled in reading, harmony, analysis. This will help them to understand the score better, and thus memorize it easier. I offer two recitals per year for students to perform at. Competitions can be done but I do need to approve first. My study plan is flexible as some students want to be the best in the world but others want to just play for fun.