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 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 Concergebouw 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 (http://www.john-adams.nl/bernstein-east-side-west-side/) and on February 2 during the Entrée Late Night (https://www.facebook.com/events/1608379836136063/).


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 Jonh 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:

Zondag 10 april – Sint Nicolaasga, Sint-Nicolaaskerk (try-out), 15:00

Maandag 11 april – Groningen,  De Oosterpoort, 20:15

Dinsdag 12 april – Middelburg, Zeeuwse Concertzaal, 20:15u

Woensdag 13 april – Leiden, Hartebrugkerk, 20:15u

Donderdag 14 april – Utrecht, Geertekerk, 20:15

Vrijdag 15 april – Nijmegen, HAN (Kapittelweg), 20:15

Zaterdag 16 april – Maastricht. Sint-Janskerk, 20:15

Zondag 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 Publishing. You 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.