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A most interesting international master class and a chamber music competition with good prizes

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Delta Trio Finale Orlando Concours 2015 fotograaf Ton van der Mark 8The Orlando Competition - an international chamber music competition - for ensembles from 3 to 6 musicians (piano trios and string quartets excluded) will take place from August 11 to 13, 2016 in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Orlando Festival

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Founder and Director Stefan Metz was honored during the 30th anniversary festival this summer, including a gala final concert which featured Metz playing Schubert’s great string quintet with the Casals Quartet. Metz had previously announced that he would be retiring as artistic director of the festival, and would be succeeded by Maarten Mostert. Mostert organized a moving tribute to Metz and his wife Isabelle Bensa at the final concert by providing the entire audience and festival musicians with a Dutch version of the famous “Adieu, Monsieur le Professeur”, which was then sung and played by the standing, capacity crowd as a collective encore to the Schubert Quintet. ECMTA Chairman Evan Rothstein attended the final weekend of the festival and presented Metz with a certificate expressing appreciation "for his inspired leadership, distinguished artistic career, and exemplary devotion to the teaching and the promotion of chamber music."

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Press release Orlando Festival 2013

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The Orlando Festival is the oldest chamber music festival in the Netherlands. Its special formula, the high level of proficiency of musicians and ensembles, its beautiful location and its exciting concert program make this festival unique and appealing to many musicians. Since 1982 chamber music lovers from all over the world gather in the 16th century abbey of Rolduc (Kerkrade, South of the Netherlands). Here they enjoy the public lessons given to talented young professionals, amateurs and youth ensembles. One of the key elements of this festival is that everyone; professionals, amateurs, adult and young musicians stay together in Rolduc. Every evening there are concerts in the theatres of Heerlen and Kerkrade, but there are also numerous concerts in the surrounding area by the 'Masters' as well as their students.

New co-operation: Netherlands StringQuartet Academy & Conservatorium van Amsterdam

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The Netherlands StringQuartet Academy (NSQA) and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) have started a structural co-operation in the field of string quartet education. Both organizations now jointly offer a string quartet specialization at Master level, with a preceding Bachelor year. With this joining of forces NSQA and CvA hope to stimulate the string quartet playing in The Netherlands even further.

It is the first time that a Dutch conservatorium offers a string quartet specialization on such a structural basis. In European context too the new string quartet-Master takes in a special position; the Conservatorium of Amsterdam thus follows in the footsteps of many American universities.

The NSQA and CvA see the new co-operation as a perfect match and hope to give a structural impulse to string quartet playing in and outside The Netherlands. The co-operation with the NSQA fits in the CvA-strategy to offer practice-oriented education at the highest level. Marc Danel, first violinist of the Brussels based Danel Quartet and artistic leader/principal tutor at the Netherlands StringQuartet Academy, will be artistically responsible for the new string quartet program. Meanwhile two new quartets, the Fenrych and the Acanthus Quartet, have started in the Bachelor program.

Besides the co-operation with the CvA the NSQA will, as its ministerial subsidies will be stopped from the start of 2013 through alternative financial means, independently keep offering the two year post academic program, including monthly international masterclasses. With the post academic program the NSQA aims to built a bridge between conservatorium education and the concert practice. Previously the Dutch Matangi Quartet, the Rubens Quartet and the Ragazze Quartet studied in the post academic program. Currently the Dudok Quartet (2nd Prize winners at the recent 6th Internationaler Joseph Joachim Kammermusikwettbewerb in Weimar) participates in the two year post academic program.

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Kamermuziek Atelier Delft

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Around 70 participants (from amateurs of all ages, conservatorystudents and professional musicians) joined the last Kamermuziek Atelier Delft in the Netherlands. This intensive chambermusic workshop takes place every year in the unique ambiance of the International Delft Chamber Music Festival. Next year the fifth edition will take place from 31th July to 4th August.

For more information visit the website: or contact artistic director Sidonie Riha: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rubens Quartet

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nl12_Mozart-CD-cover-previewOver the past seasons, the Rubens Quartet has enjoyed many performances full of inspiration with flutist Marieke Schneemann and therefore they have recorded the four Mozart flute quartets together in Schiedam in May 2012, in two special live recording sessions/concerts. Go to to order your very own copy today and read more about the collaboration (click on 'News').  The CD is also available for download via itunes and

The Orlando Festival, academies for young professionals, students, and amateur musicians

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We are especially looking for students to participate in the Orlando Academy. More information about the Academy you will find by clicking on the following link:

Orlando Festival announces its 31st season. Applications are now open for ensembles of all proficiency levels, amateur and professional, young and old.

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Orlando Festival 2012 – enlist now!

People can now enlist for the Orlando Festival. Musicians form all ages and proficiency levels come together in the beautiful abbey of Rolduc from the 10th until the 19th of August. Amateur ensembles, professional ensembles, adults and youngsters; nine days everybody enjoys chamber music in all its splendour. The ensembles receive lessons during the day from professionals who in their turn perform in concerts at night in the theatres of Kerkrade and Heerlen (South of the Netherlands). At Rolduc there are, besides the lessons and master classes, workshops, inspirational lectures, several meet&greet opportunities, concerts and more.

The Rubens Quartet announces a new CD

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The Rubens Quartet announces a new CD with music composed and arranged by Joey Roukens

This disc serves as a document of Roukens' two-year-long composer-in-residence status with the Quartet, made possible by the Performing Arts Fund (NFPK), and features works of Josquin Desprez (transcribed Roukens), Mozart and Roukens himself.

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Chamber music teaching at the Royal Conservatoire the Hague

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Chamber music practise is the basis of every skill a classical musician needs: listening, reacting, colouring, toning, styling, communicating – and of course it is not just a way to learn all this, but a goal in itself.

At the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands, chamber music is placed in the Bachelor II and III curriculum. Of course students play chamber music during all their studies (a chamber music piece is obligatory for the Bachelor final exam), but this part of the curriculum is organised by the school.

Netherlands String Quartet Academy

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The monthly masterclasses by internationally acclaimed string quartet specialists as organized by the Netherlands StringQuartet Academy (NSQA) are also accessible for quartets not studying at the NSQA.   Existing quartets consisting of music students or starting professionals can subscribe for masterclass participation through this form; a brief audition is required. There is no tuition fee for active participation in the masterclasses (travel/accommodation costs to be covered by quartets).

Masterclasses period Sept. – Dec. 2011 (all masterclasses take place in Amsterdam):

Masterclass I 27 – 29 October 2011: Eberhard Feltz (Hanns Eisler Hochschule, Berlin)
Masterclass II 24 – 26 November 2011: Pieter Cropper (primarius former Lindsay Quartet)
Masterclass III 15 – 17 December 2011: Ivo Bauer (violist Leipziger String Quartet - tbc)

Submission deadlines:

Masterclass I 15 September 2011
Masterclass II 15 October 2011
Masterclass III 15 November 2011

For more information contact NSQA, Liesbeth Kok (call: 020 463 7494 or mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Post submission form to NSQA, Atlantisplein 1, 1093 NE Amsterdam or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orlando Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary and founder Stefan Metz announces he will be stepping down as Artistic Director

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OnWings Festival Competition for Innovative Concert Presentation for Young Wind Ensembles

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The International Festival of Wind Playing OnWings! is taking place from the 19th until the 21st of May 2011 in the Dutch city of Groningen. Part of this festival is a unique presentation competition. Ensembles can sign up for two or three of these categories:

  • 19.05.2011 children's concert in De Oosterpoort, Groningen;

  • 19./20.05.2011 concert for a regular audience in De Oosterpoort, Groningen;

  • 21.05.2011 concert on a special venue for a new audience in the inner city of Groningen.

In June 2009 OnWings! presented itself for the first time with a grand opening! 55 concerts were given with in total 860 musicians during four fabulous festival days. In this coming edition OnWings! will be even bigger!

Orlando Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary

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 The Orlando Festival, held in and around the beautiful abbey of Rolduc in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, will celebrate its 30th birthday this summer, from 24 July to 7 August 2011.

It will also be the last festival edition of founder and artistic director Stefan Metz. For this special 30th festival edition, seven first prize winners of international string quartet competitions have been invited to perform and teach at Rolduc, among which the Pavel Haas Quartet, Casals Quartet and Quator Danel.