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’    


Playing at:


Concert Hall



Saturday 10 februari

De Ruchte



Sunday 11 februari




Monday 12 februari

De Doelen



Tuesday 13 februari

De Oosterpoortst



Wednesday 14 februari




Thursday 15 februari




Friday 16 februari

Theater aan het Vrijthof



Saturday 17 februari

De Vereeniging



Sunday 18 februari




Monday 19 februari

Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw



Friday 23 February


Klagenfurt (Austria)


Saturday 24 February

Slovenska Filharmonija

Ljubljana (Slovenia)


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/).

Page from Bernstein’s FBI file
Page from Bernstein’s FBI file

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.

The Pillars of Creation
The Pillars of Creation

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 proud 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.


Preview score Foreign Body
Preview score Foreign Body

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

Summer tour 2014 with VU-Orchestra Amsterdam

Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin and Bram Kortekaas during a rehearsal of the Järvi International Academy for Conductors

VU-Orchestra Amsterdam performed Foreign Body six times last summer. After two concerts in Utrecht and Amsterdam, the orchestra took the score with them on tour.

During this tour Foreign Body was part of the Järvi International Academy for Conductors in Estonia. Various talented conductors rehearsed the piece with the orchestra and four performed it during concerts in Viljandi and Narva. It was a great experience to word with these talents and the distinguished conductors Leonid Grin and Neeme Järvi.

The orchestra continued the remaining part of the tour under the guidance of conductor Daan Admiraal. In Saint-Petersburg the orchestra played during the International Music Festival of the Greater Hermitage in the State Academic Capella of the Hermitage. The orchestra concluded the tour in Estonia with a concert in Tartu.

To listen to a recording of Foreign Body, made during the concert in Saint-Petersburg, please follow this link.

Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin and Bram Kortekaas during a rehearsal of the Järvi International Academy for Conductors
Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin and Bram Kortekaas during a rehearsal of the Järvi International Academy for Conductors
VU-Orchestra Amsterdam in the State Academic Capella, Saint-Petersburg
VU-Orchestra Amsterdam in the State Academic Capella, Saint-Petersburg

Foreign Body premiered by VU-Orchestra Amsterdam

Commissioned by the VU-Orchestra Amsterdam, Foreign Body will be played six times in June and July in The Netherlands, Estonia and Russia.

The piece, featuring the waterphone in the orchestra, will be premiered in The Netherlands:

June 29, 8:30 PM

Geertekerk, Utrecht, (location)

Price: €12,50 / €10,00

July 1, 8:15 PM

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, (location)

Price: €15,00 / €12,50. Buy tickets here

From July 8 untill July 13 the VU-Orchestra Amsterdam and Foreign Body will be part of the Järvi Summer Academy. There will be two concerts with the talented conductors of the academy in Viljandi (July 12) and Narva (July 13).

On July 15, the orchestra will play Foreign Body in the Academic Capella of the State Hermitage Museum at the 14th international festival Music of the Great Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. 

Concluding the tour, the VU-Orchestra will play the last concert in Tartu (Estonia) on July 16.