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.
We can already shed some light on the festival and announce the names of some of the musicians who will attend the 32nd Orlando Festival this summer. Last year the Spanish Cuarteto Quiroga was for the first time a guest at the festival. This year they return as Quartet in Residence with works that include the quartets of Haydn, Beethoven and Berg, but they will also perform the beautiful sextet of Antonin Dvořák with Saeko Oguma (viola) and artistic leader Maarten Mostert (cello). Last year Stefan Metz said his goodbyes to the festival as artistic leader and enjoyed for the first time in thirty years a well-earned long summer holiday. We are glad to announce that the artistic leader of the first thirty Orlando Festivals will be joining us this year once more. The internationally renowned master class for string quartets will again by taught by French master violinist Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaÿe).
For the second year in a row the soprano Miranda van Kralingen and pianist Stefan Veselka will teach the popular master class song and piano. They will also perform, among other pieces, the songs by Richard Strauss. The Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger will be responsible for new compositions and improvisation. Together with Larissa Groeneveld (cello) and Frank van de Laar (piano) he will perform pieces from their cd Do you still. With his regular partner Harmen Fraanje (piano) he will play pieces of his own and improvise on stage. 2013 is also the year the Osiris Trio celebrates its 25th birthday and they will perform trios by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Keuris and Tsjaikovski. Last but not least the collaboration with London Brass, world's most renowned copper ensemble, will continue.
Besides the many concerts in the theatres, on Rolduc and in the surrounding area, there will also be daily workshops of improvisation, rhythm, movement etc. taught by the above mentioned musicians. We hope to see many old and new friends during the 32nd Orlando Festival. You can enlist now in the Orlando Festival with your own ensemble and be taught by these wonderful musicians. Go to our website for more information.