The VILLIERS QUARTET : a new chapter!

The Villiers Quartet embarks on a new chapter for the 2020/21 season. They are having a personnel change.
Quartet founders Tamaki Higashi and Carmen Flores, whom you all know so well from your past relationships with the quartet, are continuing the Villiers forward with exciting and first-class musicians. They are looking forward to this new chapter and cannot wait to reveal the new members, with whom they are working now to prepare the upcoming season. With their new energy and outstanding musicianship, the Villiers Quartet continue their spirited journey of exploring the art of string quartet. Known for their live performances that are intellectually imaginative and deeply emotional, the Villiers also remain strong in their commitment to uncovering and sharing treasures of British repertoire.

The Villiers will release their seventh CD

In March 2020 the Villiers will release their seventh CD on the respected Lyrita Records label: String Quartets by William Alwyn.  Alwyn was a prolific composer for British cinema in the 1940s and 50s, scoring films such as Swiss Family Robinson and The Fallen Idol. The Villiers Quartet offer Alwyn’s beautiful one-movement Quartet No. 9 – based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet – of which they have made the world premiere recording for Lyrita.

In collaboration with Oxford University and the British Library, the Villiers also continue their Delius Discovery project, which highlights the chamber music of Frederick Delius and offers fresh insight and interpretations of his compositions. The Villiers are proud to be a part of this cherished musical history and offer Delius in their upcoming programme.

Martin Oei’s ‘Pianofeest’ series at the Royal Concertgebouw

Martin Oei’s ‘Pianofeest’ series at the Royal Concertgebouw are on 21 March, 12 April and 3 May 2020. Hereunder links for more information:


Metamorphoses UK tour February 2020

Today Metamorphoses start their UK tour in Ilkley. Pianist Ilona Timchenko is at home with a new baby on the way. We are grateful that Elena Fischer-Dieskau could take over from Ilona.
UK Tour dates are:
12-2-2020 Ilkley
13-2-2020 Morpeth
14-2-2020 Matlock
16-2-2020 Spalding
17-2-2020 Bury St Edmonds
19-2-2020 Preston

The Hague String Trio


Justyna Briefjes, violin; Julia Dinerstein, viola and Miriam Kirby, cello

The Hague String Trio, founded in 2006, share their love for chamber music and have formed a strong bond over their many years as an ensemble. The trio enjoys exploring the extensive string trio repertoire, from treasured masterpieces to lesser known compositions which they feel deserve more recognition.

The Hague String Trio performs throughout The Netherlands, and gives concerts every year in England and Germany, where it has built up devoted followings.

In February 2019 their CD After the Darkness was released, featuring music by Jewish composers whose lives were destroyed in the Second World War through persecution, murder or exile.

Justyna and Miriam are both members of the Residentie Orkest, The Hague and Julia is a sought after viola pedagogue in many conservatoires in The Netherlands.

Justyna Briefjes, violin; Julia Dinerstein, viola and Miriam Kirby, cello

Programme 1 Hungarian Rhapsody
Haydn Divertimento Hob. XI:109 in C major
Kodály Intermezzo
Weiner Serenade
Haydn String trio in G major Op. 53 Nr. 1
Weiner String trio Op. 6 in G minor
Programme 2 Serenade con passione
Schubert String trio in B flat major D. 581
Samama Trio Passionata
Beethoven Serenade in D major, Op. 8
Programme 3 After the Darkness
Hans Krása Passacaglia & Fuga
Gideon Klein String trio
Hans Krása Tanz
László Weiner Serenade
Maurice Ravel Kaddisch (arranged by Marijn v. Prooijen)


Trio Basilova/Fridman/Napolov


Helena Basilova- piano; Maya Fridman- cello; Konstantyn Napolov- percussion

Pianist Helena Basilova, cellist Maya Fridman and percussionist Konstantyn Napolov are being drawn together by a mutual passion for new music and by the endless search for new colours and new sounds in music.
Since 2018 they form this exciting and unique ensemble, working closely together with composers of today, creating new compositions and broadening the boundaries of existing repertoire.

Programme 1
Daniel Wohl Microscope (trio + soundtrack, 2019) 10’
Tobias PM Schneid Pas de Trios (2018) 13’
Aart Strootman Obscure Atlas Sg-3 (trio, 2018) 20’
Ina Meredi Finding Gravity (trio, 2018) 10’
For a programme with interval we add:
Christian Dieck DIS-Connect (2018) 12’
Programme 2 with duos and solos
Louis Andriessen Woodpacker (percussion solo, 1999) 7’
Aart Strootman Obscure Atlas Sg-3 (trio, 2018) 20’
Henriëtte Bosmans Nuit Calme (cello & piano, 1926) 7’
Jan Peter de Graaf The Bells of St. Clement’s: I.Oranges and lemons 9’
Ina Meredi Finding Gravity (trio, 2018) 10’
Manuel Da Falla Siete Canciones Populares (cello & percussion, 1914) 15’
Daniel Wohl Microscope (trio + soundtrack, 2019) 10’

In 2020, it is 130 years ago that one of the greatest Dutch artists Vincent van Gogh died. Trio Basilova/Fridman/Napolov have asked three composers to write new works for the trio, drawing their inspiration from paintings by Van Gogh or his live story.

The composers are the American Molly Joyce who works with German writer and David Lang is the curator of this project. They will write 8 songs (20’)

Dutch composer Martijn Padding has recommended his student, composer from Venezuela Martín Francisco Mayo, for writing the encore piece. He is inspired by the painting Wheatfield with Crows (4’)

The third composer is the Dutch Robin de Raaff, who wants to write a 22 minutes piece.

The paintings will be shown during the concert when a beamer is available or can be performed with action-painting. To be discussed.

Programme 4 with String Orchestra
Triple Concerto by David Lang


Marion von Tilzer, composition/piano

Lulu Wang, text

Maya Fridman, cello/vocals

The performance Ten Songs of Change is a Concert Poem. It is based on the Yi Jing, the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, possibly the oldest book on the planet. Like other monuments of human culture, it was a cooperative effort spanning many centuries. The oldest ideas in the book were probably handed down by the elders of nomadic tribes. These early authors observed the stars and tides, plants and animals, various cycles of natural events, as well as patterns of relationship in families and societies, the practice of business, craft of government and the grim art of warfare and the eternal human dramas

of love, ambition, conflict and honour. And instead of creating a fixed chart of the cosmos, they put together a guide to the way things change: a fluid interconnected system of relations: the 8 trigrams and 64 hexagrams. My inspiration for the music came from the emotional aspects attributed to the eight trigrams, which form the basic elements in nature. During the process of writing the music, something special happened: the energy of each trigram I was composing the music for, appeared in various areas of my life. Having such tangible experience of the trigrams enabled me to transform the experience in a very direct way into music. The order of the trigrams presented in our performance forms an entire cycle of day and night, as each trigram also represents a specific time of day. We begin and end at nighttime. (Marion von Tilzer)

The Movements:

Introduction & Prologue; Water; Mountain; Thunder; Wind;  Fire; Earth; Lake; Heaven; Epilogue/Night Song

This project was premiered at the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam on August 14th 2019.


Release new album Camiel Boomsma The Innermost Side: Unfold

This week saw the release of a new stunningly beautiful album by Camiel Boomsma.
Two small portraits on classical radio4 Netherlands:

On the 16th September 2019 Jean will record an album as guest principal clarinettist with the RSNO

Concerts Jean Johnson

Upcoming concerts for Jean Johnson are:
22-9-2019 Lammermuire Festival (Messian Quartet)
28-9-2019 Linlithgow Arts Guild (with Steven Osborne)
12-10-2019 Balerno Music Festival Gala Concert
13-10-2019 Haddington, recital with Steven Osborne.