• Frances-Marie Uitti

        • Arthur van der Drift

        • Marja Bloem


Frances-Marie Uitti, founder and chair of the BMF is a composer/cellist. She tours as solist extensively throughout the world having played for audiences from New York City to Mongolia and appears regularly in such festivals as the Biennale Di Venezia, Strasbourg Festival, Gulbenkian Festival Ars Musica, Holland Festival and for radios and televisions in Europe, Japan, and the United States. She premiered cello concerti dedicated to her by Per Norgaard, Dick Raaijmakers, Jonathan Harvey, James Tenney, Peter Nelson and William Jeths.

She sat on the board of Muziek van Nu at the Stedelijk, and has been invited to countless juries including Gaudeamus Competition, ISCM Festival etc.

She has given lectures and master classes at practically all the major European conservatories (Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen, Royal Conservatorium Den Haag, Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam, Royal Conservatory Brussels, Santa Cecilia Roma, Hochschule fur Musik in Koln. She was named a Regents Professor at the University of California San Diego and again at UC Berkeley. Ms Uitti has also given masterclasses at the Juilliard School of Music, Yale University, Northwestern University. She was also a Fromm Foundation resident at Harvard University.

Arthur van der Drift Arthur van der Drift studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam with Rokus de Groot where he specialized in systematic musicology. For some time, he was a music critic for a Dutch newspaper. In 1991 he started working with the Gaudeamus Foundation, Contemporary Music Centre in Amsterdam where he organized and produced several festivals and concerts, such as the International Gaudeamus Music Week and the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. From 2008 to 2011 he was senior project manager for contemporary music at Music Center the Netherlands (MCN). For both Gaudeamus and MCN he did music research projects in the USA, South Africa, Vietnam, Russia, and Japan. From 2008 to 2016 he was the Secretary General of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), the premier global society for the promotion of modern music, with an annual presentation festival. Currently he is working for Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as the general manager of the International TROMP Percussion Competition and Festival. He is responsible for organizing the biennial project and all activities with regard to TROMP.

Marja Bloem  after a Doctorate in the History of Art at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden in 1972, began her professional life as Assistant Curator at the Municipal Exhibition Service of the Academy for Visual Arts in 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 1969-1971) where she organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary artists such as the Belgian painter Roger Raveel, and Dutch artists Ferdi, Marius Boezem, Jan Dibbets and Ger Van Elk.

Later, from 1971 to 2005, she worked at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, first as Assistant Curator and then as Curator for Exhibitions in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, specializing in contemporary art since 1960. She was responsable for organizing innumerable important group and solo exhibitions including by Agnes Martin, Kazimir Malevich, Lawrence Weiner, JCJ Vanderheyden, Berend Strik, Rini Hurkmans, Richard Tuttle, Marina Abramovic, Gerhard Richter, Imi Knoebel, Georg Herold, Lucio Fontana and Colin McCahon, for which she often wrote major studies.

During this 30-year period she was also head of the music program at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam where she organized weekly concerts by avant-garde musicians, music workshops and exhibitions of musical installations.

In addition, as a specialist in contemporary music, she was a board member of several Dutch music foundations, and has also served on a number of art foundations, committees and juries, including the Royal Painting Subsidy, a yearly award given to young painters by the Dutch Queen Beatrix, and, from 1993 until 1998, she was on the Editorial Board of the Dutch art magazine "Kunst and Museumjournaal".

During the past few years she was active in Australia and New Zealand in organizing the first international retrospective exhibition of the major Australasian painter Colin McCahon, which was shown at the City Art Gallery (Wellington), the Auckland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

Currently she is an independent curator, frequently writing on contemporary art.