Saskia Boon (1946-2017)
conductor of AmSO from 1990 to 2013
Saskia Boon was born in Amsterdam and studied 'cello at the Amsterdam Music Conservatory under Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp. She furthered her 'cello studies under Jean Decroos and Zara Nelsova. From 1968 to 2006 she played 'cello in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO.) In addition to playing the 'cello and conducting, Saskia was an author and music arranger. In 2015 she published Receptuur voor de cello (Prescriptions for the 'Cello) which describes 'cello technique, and her arrangement for three 'celli of Bach's 3rd Sonata for Viola-da-gamba was also recently published.
In 1990 Saskia became conductor of the AmSO, bringing much new energy to the orchestra. She brought many musicians from the RCO to perform as soloist with AmSO. Each of Saskia's programmes had a theme, and together with former chairman Karel Vlaanderen, she often prepared a delicious buffet for the whole orchestra to enjoy after rehearsals.
Saskia contributed greatly to the success of AmSO, and in April, 2011 she was honoured in Amstelveen, receiving a Knighthood in the Dutch royal Order of Oranje-Nassau.
The continued existence of the Amstelveen Symphony Orchestra is in large part thanks to Saskia.