Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to stream premiere Notenkrakers' notulen

Celia Swart and Bram Kortekaas
Celia Swart and Bram Kortekaas

On Sunday 6 December the Concertgebouworkest will be streaming solely post-war music from the Netherlands. The concert stream themed Play Dutch with Me will appear on


My composition Notenkrakers’ notulen (Nutcrackers’ minutes) was commissioned by the Concertgebouworkest. It is a composition for soprano solo and orchestra, based on text fragments from the public discussion that took place in April 1970 between the so-called ‘Nutcrackers’ and the board of the Concertgebouworkest. The discussion was a result of the infamous 1969 ‘Nutcrackers Action’, when a group of angry young composers disrupted a Concertgebouworkest performance in order to demand more involvement and innovation. 


Soprano Katrien Baerts unfortunately fell ill in the days prior to the recording. Luckily Katharine Dain was available to step in at short notice.


More information about this composition and the other works on the programme is to be found on the website of (in Dutch).



Sunday 6 December 2020 | 8:30 PM


Main Hall Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor: Antony Hermus

Soprano: Katharine Dain

Harp: Remy van Kesteren

Percussion: Dominique Vleeshouwers


Kortekaas Notenkrakers' Notulen (world premiere) 

Andriessen - Tapdance
Swart - Reflections (world premiere) 
Keuris – Symfonie in D


Netherlands Radio Choir, Residentie Orkest The Hague and Nicholas Collon perform Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie

Two years after the cancellation due to a remembrance service for Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, the composition Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie: Mijmeringen van Arnon Grunberg (Footnotes to the Human Commedy: Musings by Arnong Grunberg) will be premiered in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterda.

The work is based on Grunberg’s daily column in the newspaper de Volkskrant. It will be broadcast live by NPO Radio 4. See below for the concert information.


19 October 2019 | 2:15 PM- 4:35 PM | Main Hall Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Tickets can be bought through the website of the Concertgebouw, starting June 1.


Residentie Orkest The Hague

Netherlands Radio Choir

conductor: Nicholas Collon

choir conductor: Paul Krämer

trumpet: Håkan Hardenberger

soprano: Louise Alder

mezzosoprano: Marianne Beate Kielland

tenor: Julian Prégardien

bas: Andreas Wolf

Kortekaas - Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie: Mijmeringen van Arnon Grunberg 

Holloway - Trumpet concerto (Dutch première)

Beethoven - Mis in C, op. 86

Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs new arrangement El Amor Brujo Suite

Amsterdam Sinfonietta asked me to write a new arrangement of Manuel De Falla's El Amor Brujo, based on his 1915 and 1925 versions of the work.


The orchestra plays this work in a program in that they bring on tour to Germany and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. They are joined by star guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.


04 July 2019, 8 PM - Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein. Click here for tickets.

05 July 2019, 7:30 PM - Pfarrkirche, Fürstenzell-Passau. Click here for tickets. 

08 July 2019, 8 PM - Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Click here for tickets.



Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Candida Thompson: violin/leader

Pablo Sáinz Villegas: guitar


Falla - Suite from 'El amor brujo' (orch. B. Kortekaas)

Rodrigo - Fantasía para un gentilhombre

Falla - Suite Popular Española (orch. T.A. Beijer)

Tárrega - Gran Jota de Concerto

Ravel - Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Traditional - Spanish romance

Boccherini - Grave assai (from 'Guitar Quintet in D', G. 448)

Boccherini - Fandango (from 'Guitar Quintet in D', G. 448)


Dutch National Student Orchestra premieres ‘The Dreamcatcher’

The Dutch National Student Orchestra has commissioned a new work for their February 2018 concert tour through the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia.


The composition’s title is inspired by the dreamcatcher as used by the Native American Ojibwa tribe. They believed that the dreamcatchers would protect children from bad dreams. The composition describes this process through the music, but is at the same time also a metaphor for the human development until the end of the adolescence: the transformation into an individual that is able to pursue its own dreams.


Harpist Remy van Kesteren joins the orchestra in Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. The concert continues with Debussy’s ‘Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune’ and Stravinsky’s ‘Petroushka’.

Commission by the NTR ZaterdagMatinee for the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir


The concert has been cancelled due to a remembrance service for Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan. The concert will be broadcast on the radio from the studio in Hilversum  The information below is outdated.

The new work Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie: Mijmeringen van Arnon Grunberg is based on Grunberg’s daily column in the newspaper de Volkskrant. The work will be premiered under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon on 14 October 2017 in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. It will be broadcasted live by NPO Radio 4. See below for the concert information.

14 October 2017 | 2:15 PM- 4:35 PM | Main Hall Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Kortekaas – Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie: Mijmeringen van Arnon Grunberg

Beethoven – Chorfantasie in f, op. 80

Prokofiev – Suite from ‘Romeo en Julia’, op. 64

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Netherlands Radio Choir

Karel Mark Chichon – conductor

Klaas Stok – choir conductor

Dezsö Ránki – piano

Première Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C

Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C, for wind quintet and voice, is commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to accompany the orchestra’s East Side/West Side concert in the Horizon series.


The composition is inspired by Bernstein’s FBI files. The agency investigated Bernstein from the 40’s to the 70’s because of alleged communist sympathies.


Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C, is to be performed by musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and alto Carina Vinke on February 1 during a lecture from the John Adams Institute ( and on February 2 during the Entrée Late Night 



Recording ‘The Pillars of Creation’ on Dutch radio

On 29 May 2016, the Dutch public broadcaster NPO Radio 4 aired the recording of The Pillars of Creation, performed by conductor Hans Casteleyn with the Euregio Youth Orchestra. The item opens with interviews with the conductor, composer and a member of the orchestra, to be followed by the recording at 4’35”Please follow this link for the recording

‘The Pillars of Creation’ wins first prize in Euregio Youth Orchestra Composition Competition 2015

The Pillars of Creation was written for this competition, that is open for young composers that are born or live in The Netherlands and Belgium. The winning composition is performed four times in The Netherlands and Belgium in 2016:


Zaterdag 9 april – Aartselaar, Cultureel Centrum ’t Aambeeld. 20:30

Zondag 10 april – Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. 15:00

Zaterdag 21 mei – Tilburg, Concertzaal Tilburg. 20:00 (Official Award Ceremony)

Zondag 22 mei 2016 – Breda, Chassé Theater Breda. 15:00


The composers were asked to write a composition that can be played alongside Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The Pillars of Creation is inspired by the iconic photograph taken by the Hubble Telescope of gas and dust clouds that are in the process of creating new stars and planets. The composition is performed in the concert series titled Reaching for the Stars that features, next to the composition by Holst, music from Star Wars by John Williams.

The second prize is awarded to both Hans Vercauteren and Marco Muilwijk.

Premiere ‘Balance of Power’ for percussion solo and orchestra

In april 2016 the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra (NESKO) will tour through the Netherlands, performing the ‘Balance of Power’ with soloist Niek KleinJan and conductor Ivan Meylemans on the following dates:


Sunday 10 April – Sint Nicolaasga, Sint-Nicolaaskerk (try-out), 15:00

Monday 11 April – Groningen,  De Oosterpoort, 20:15

Tuesday 12 April – Middelburg, Zeeuwse Concertzaal, 20:15u

Wednesday 13 April – Leiden, Hartebrugkerk, 20:15u

Thursday 14 April – Utrecht, Geertekerk, 20:15

Friday 15 April – Nijmegen, HAN (Kapittelweg), 20:15

Saturday 16 April – Maastricht. Sint-Janskerk, 20:15

Sunday 17 April – Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, 20:15


More information and tickets: Website Nesko

Foreign Body published by Donemus Publishing

I am poud to announce that Foreign Body, written for the VU-Orchestra Amsterdam, is now published by the Dutch publisher Donemus PublishingYou can find the score here.

New orchestral work for Ricciotti Ensemble

During the tour of the Ricciotti Ensemble in October 2014 a new orchestral piece was premiered. The piece was used as an introduction to the orchestra for children in primary schools and high schools.