Honoring Margriet Tindemans

The Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship was established by Early Music America in 2018 to honor the life and work of the late Margriet Tindemans (1951-2014), a master of early stringed instruments and a shining figure in the field of early music. The biennial Scholarship provides support for specialized, advanced study outside North America that focuses on some aspect of Medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque bowed stringed instruments. The award will cover up to $25,000 in qualifying expenses for 2021-22, as outlined in the application form.

The 2021 Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant whose proposal best demonstrates a balance of originality, versatility, depth and breadth of study, and personal dedication. These elements must also be evident in the applicant’s previous endeavors. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of musical accomplishment in order to be considered.

Margriet Tindemans Scholarship Recital,
recorded by Alex Baker on October 10, 2020

2019-2020 Recipient: Alexander Baker

The inaugural Margriet Tindemans Scholarship was awarded in 2019 to Alexander Baker. Alex is now attending the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where he studies viola da gamba with Professor Mieneke van der Velden and is conducting his research on the topic of ornamentation, with study of the existing primary sources to examine how ornamentation practices varied by region.

Of his experience, Alex says, “The Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship is giving me the incredible opportunity to broaden my education outside the U.S. and, thanks to the Scholarship and Early Music America, I am currently studying early music in the Netherlands. I’m grateful and honored to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization, and I look forward to returning to the U.S. to share my experiences and bridge early music practices here and abroad.”

Alex graduated in May 2019 from the University of Michigan with an M.M. in viola da gamba, and modern and baroque cello. He also has a B.M. in Cello Performance and a B.A. in German Language & Literature from Oberlin College & Conservatory, where he was introduced to the viola da gamba by Professor Catharina Meints, with whom he has continued to study.

To support the mission of EMA’s Named Biennial Scholarships, please visit our Endowed Scholarship Funds and Affiliates donation page.

Application deadline for 2021-2022: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
The award announcement will be made by May 14, 2021

The 2021 application period is now closed.

The intention of the Scholarship is to provide funding for study abroad, beginning in the fall of 2021. However, given the uncertainty introduced by the current COVID-19 pandemic, study abroad beginning in the fall of 2021 may not be possible. In this case, the funds awarded to the recipient of the Scholarship will be held until it is possible for the applicant to use them in the manner originally described in their proposal.

Applicants do not need to have already been accepted into a program. A clear plan as to how applicants envisage their scholarship year is all that is required.

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