Matthijs Koene (Purmerend/NL, 1977) concluded his studies Cum Laude in 2001 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Already during his studies, Matthijs developed a new technique that allows him to meet the very different tones, articulations and dynamics that are specific in use by classical and modern music. His vision and playing style has a high technical level as well as musical expression which brings Panflute to a complete new level. Up to now, more than 70 works has been written for him.
With his panflute-guitar duo, Verso, he won several awards including the Vriendenkrans and Concertgebouw prize in 2003, the prize for contemporary music of the Comradio Competition in Barcelona and the IBLA Grand Prize in Italy. Together with Duo Verso he performs regularly at international venues. In 2007 the duo played in Carnegie Hall in New York. Matthijs also works closely with the organist Jos van der Kooy and he plays in various contemporary music ensembles.
Since September 2005, Matthijs Koene is a Panflute professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.