Jumpstart Jr. Foundation was founded in The Netherlands in 2006 with private fundings.

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to support young talented musicians by loaning them a fine stringed instrument.

Throughout the past 10 years, we have built an excellent collection of instruments. Our focus is on preserving and restoring violins and/or cellos from the period of 1600-1800 AD and returning them to a baroque or classical set-up.  

We aim to support highly-gifted violinists and cellists who have completed or are about to complete their musical education and are recognized to become leading performers in Historically Informed Performance. These musicians are invited to take part in our programme which consists not only of loaning them a high-quality instrument but also of personal coaching, professional courses, access to an extensive, high calibre international network and guidance with special projects.
Our support-program is as individually tailored as possible.


Anyone who plays a stringed instrument ánd has the makings of a professional soon needs a top-class instrument.  Such an instrument frequently opens doors to new opportunities, new challenges, new worlds.
By providing a top-quality instrument along with the additional support we offer, we can help these exceptional and passionate young Musicians ‘jumpstart’ their careers giving them a head start in their journey towards developing into international top performers.

The additional benefit is that hereby these pieces of cultural and historical heritage will be kept in pristine condition, for the enjoyment of generations to come.


The Jumpstart Jr. Foundation Board: 

Chair: Rijn Buve, director of Technology TomTom
Treasurer: Mirjam de Boer-Postmus, director asset management Royal Schiphol Group
Secretary: Derk Lemstra, attorney at law, managing partner Stibbe
Member: Merel Kindt, professor clinical psychology University of Amsterdam

The Advisory Board

Jan Van den Bossche (Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival de Música Antigua Barcelona, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, writer and dramaturg)

Xavier Vandamme (VRT, Bozar Brussel, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, REMA)
Jonathan Sparey ( British violinist, long time member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet)

The Directors :

Managing Director Anne Plaizier has been connected to the Jumpstart Jr Foundation ever since its foundation and in the capacity of general manager since  2015. Having studied Law, she now looks after the business interests of Jumpstart Jr Foundation.

Artistic Director Alida Schat has been an advisor to Jumpstart Jr. Foundation since 2008. She received a Masters degree of music at the Conservatory of Utrecht. After graduating with honours she has had a very diverse and successful career performing and recording with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the world. 
In December 2016, she received her diploma and license as a professional coach.