‘The Dreamcatcher’ nominated for the International Rostrum of Composers

The Dutch public broadcasting company NPO Radio 4 nominated ‘The Dreamcatcher’ as one of the two Dutch contestants in the annual International Rostrum of Composers.

Over the past decades, the Rostrum has become the most important platform for the promotion of contemporary music via radio broadcast while offering a unique forum for professional exchange among radio music producers and presenters. Its central purpose, supported by the European Broadcasting Union, is to provide contemporary musical creations the largest possible number of broadcasts worldwide.

During the Rostrum 2018, contemporary music producers from some 30 national radio networks from four continents will present some 60 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. After having listened to these works, the assembly of delegates will select and recommend the most distinctive works in two categories: ‘general’ and ‘young composers under 30’. These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast during the year following the event by the participating and other interested radio stations.

Jan-Peter de Graaff’s ‘Le Café de nuit’ is also nominated by NPO Radio 4. For more info, see

Dutch National Student Orchestra’s concert broadcast live by NPO Radio 4

The Dutch public radio NPO Radio 4 broadcast a concert by the Dutch National Student Orchestra live from Muziekgebouw Eindhoven on 18 February 2018. Follow this link to listen to the recording of the concert, including ‘The Dreamcatcher’.        


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’.

Obtain your ticket for the concert through the links in the following table.

DateConcert HallCityTime
Saturday 10 februariDe RuchteSomeren20:30
Sunday 11 februariEnschede20:00
Monday 12 februariDe DoelenRotterdam20:15
Tuesday 13 februariDe OosterpoortstGroningen20:15
Wednesday 14 februariTivoliVredenburgUtrecht20:15
Thursday 15 februariStadsgehoorzaalLeiden20:15
Friday 16 februariTheater aan het VrijthofMaastricht20:15
Saturday 17 februariDe VereenigingNijmegen20:15
Sunday 18 februariMuziekgebouwEindhoven20:15
Monday 19 februariHet Koninklijk ConcertgebouwAmsterdam20:15
Friday 23 FebruaryKonzerthausKlagenfurt (Austria)19:30
Saturday 24 FebruarySlovenska FilharmonijaLjubljana (Slovenia)19:30

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

Page from Bernstein’s FBI file

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 ( 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
The Pillars of Creation

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.

Peview score Foreign Body
Peview 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

Järvi Academy
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.

Capella Sint-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.  

Poster Foreign Body

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