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.

Camiel Boomsma’s new album release coming soon!

In May 2019 Camiel recorded a new Schubert/Liszt album titled “The Innermost Side” : Unfold.
It will be released on 14 September 2019, during a release party at the Concertgemaal in Amsterdam. The evening will be presented by Ab Nieuwdorp. This evening will also see a new première: Camiel’s docufilm The Innermost Side, with portraits of artists from all different arts about their search for the innermost side, the soul of arts.

Rubens Consort

Sarah Kapustin – violin    Roeland Jagers – viola     Sietse-Jan Weijenberg – cello

The Rubens Consort is a flexible ensemble made up of world-class musicians who share friendship and a passion for chamber music. Rooted in the rich and refined tradition of the former Rubens Quartet, the leaders of the Consort interpret masterpieces for small and large ensembles from all periods in music history. The musicians of the Rubens Consort gratefully play on instruments on loan to them from the Dutch Music Instrument Foundation.

For the coming seasons they have planned two programmes:


Programme 1:
Bach / Sitkovetsky Goldberg Variations
Programme 2:
Beethoven Five Stringquartets (opus 3, 8 and 9:1-3) in a series of two concerts, completed with Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern (viola/cello)


Review Camiel Boomsma in de Groene

De muziek is een klooster. Terwijl de openbare mening steeds brutaler echte kennis aan de laars lapt, verdiept een kleine groep uitverkorenen zich achter de schermen in het denken en voelen van begraven grootheden met recht van spreken. Daar zijn de pianisten, die na twee eeuwen, of bijna, Schubert en Chopin niet kunnen loslaten.