Pim Cuijpers studied orchestral conducting at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) under the guidance of Ed Spanjaard and Lucas Vis. Pim’s fascination for conducting stems from his youth, when he was a violinist in multiple (youth) orchestras.
He was an assistant of the conductors Ed Spanjaard, Ivan Meylemas, Bas Wiegers, Ryan Bancroft and Antony Hermus amongst others, with orchestras like the Orkest van het Oosten, the Nieuw Ensemble, the CvA symphony orchestra, Dutch National Opera Academy (DNOA) and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra (NJO). He was also assistant conductor of the Dutch National Student Orchestra (NSO) on multiple occasions and conducted one of their concerts in 2018.
Pim followed masterclasses in the Netherlands and abroad led by conductors such as Kenneth Montgomery, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Robert Houlihan and Howard Williams.
In 2019 Pim was assistant at productions from the Nationale Reisopera in Enschede and Opera Zuid in Maastricht. It was also the year of his debut with the Orkest van het Oosten in a series of children’s concerts.
At the moment Pim is the chief conductor of student orchestra CMC in Nijmegen. In addition he conducts various projects, ranging from chamber music to the big symphonic repertoire. In collaboration with the classical voice department of the CvA he led a fully staged production of Suor Angelica, Puccini.
In 2013, he founded his own orchestra: the Netherlands Symphony Project. This project orchestra, which mainly consists of conservatoire students, has its annual tour around the Netherlands in August. Pim worked with many soloists, including Gregor Horsch, Lidy Blijdorp, Anastasia Feruleva, Thomas Beijer and Floris Mijnders.