Wim Statius Muller awarded with the Silver Carnation of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund

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June 19, 2012 by Gwendell Mercelina

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on Tuesday June 19th, 2012 awarded the Silver Carnations “Zilveren Anjers” of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund (Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds) at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, awarded  this year three Silver Carnations to people who are entirely dedicated without any obligation and whom voluntarily are working for culture or nature conservation in the Netherlands or the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom.

Among the winners there was the Curaçaolean Wim Statius Muller (Curaçao, 1930).
Statius Muller received the Silver Carnation for his outstanding contribution as a composer and pianist of the Curaçaolean music.

Former Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage, Wim Statius Muller and granddaughter Annette Muller

The Plenipotentiary Minister of Curaçao, Mr. Sheldry Osepa, and the Governor of Curaçao, Mr. Frits Goedgedrag, were also present on this special morning.

Wim Statius Muller is known for his plate Antillean Dances. His Nostalgia Waltz, Waltz Pieter Maal, Bo tei?, Mazurka in A Minor and duets with Izaline Calister.

Antillean dances

Muller was born on January 26, 1930. At seventeen, he gave his first performance and that was a resounding success. Then he left to New York. 

Wim Statius Muller studied at the Juilliard School in New York , taught piano and music history at Ohio State University in Columbus , Ohio , later combined his life-long dedication to music with a career in government.

His last posting before retirement in 1995 was at NATO Headquarters in Brussels , from where he returned to his native Curaçao. He has since been active again as a performer in the islands, in Europe and the United States .

Many of his short piano pieces in Antillean rhythms have been recorded by Wim Statius Muller and – since the publication of a selection of his works by the American Music Company – by other pianists as well.

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Gwendell Mercelina Jr.

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WENSHOW Gwendell Mercelina Jr, also known as “Gwen” or “Wen”, was born in Willemstad, Curaçao. Since birth a very active boy as athlete, model and performing artist, did everything he could full of energy and always prepared; characterized as a very ambitious, professional and charismatic young man.

In 2007 he finished the highest high school education in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean (VWO – Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) as the best graduate at a private school. Afterwards he studied Antillean Law at the University of the Netherlands Antilles; until he finished his associate bachelor he did an abroad Bachelor's programme Media & Communications through Webster's University while he attented the private University of the Dutch Caribbean studying Marketing & International Management.

Gwendell has always been pretty well-known in his community as an actor, writer, poet, model, tv-host, master of ceremonies, trainer, athlete and also in several organizations as “Endemol” (Netherlands), Rainbow Push (Chicago), “Eenheid is Kracht” Foundation (Netherlands), Youth Outreach (Bonaire), Nationale Jeugd Instituut (Suriname), Junior Chamber International, Toastmasters International, Leo Club, and the most remarkable achievement in his career is until now the highest vote-getter of the Youth Parliament Elections in 2005, and the longest running President of the Youth Parliament of Curaçao “Hoben Goberna” from 2005 till 2010.

Next to all his activities, he got chosen as Youngster of the Year 2009, Top 5 Most Outstanding Men of Curaçao and got a Wheel of Perseverance Award from his neighborhood-platform.

Through all his years as President of the Youth Parliament and working on his international career he’s been promoting and working on projects of nation building through the youth.

Furthermore Gwendell is working now on his international career as an entrepreneur, actor, model, artist, producer, student and philanthropist, so to broaden his network, so he can provide international services to his people through his upcoming enterprise. Which he’s also working towards achieving a diversed service-management, multi-media and entertainment enterprise.

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