Camiel Boomsma and Iyad Sughayer (quartre-mains)

Camiel about this programme: ”…It is no coincidence that Schubert and Mozart are two favourite composers of Camiel Boomsma and Iyad Sughayer. Mozart and Schubert both share a special kind of purity and sensitivity.

Such is also the case with the musicianship of Boomsma and Sughayer. When both pianists met each other in London they immediately engaged in lively conversation about their shared passion.

Boomsma and Sughayer strongly sense each other’s individual interpretation. Sughayer’s natural feeling for the profound bright music of the Viennese masters, and Boomsma’s strong intuition for the romantic soul complement each other like yin and yang. Their shared love for poetic and romantic music is expressed in the ever so beautiful Dolly Suite by Fauré and in Dvorak’s picturesque Slavonic dances. A perfect match!…”

Mozart Piano Sonata for 4 hands, KV 521 (15’)
Schubert Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D940 (20’)
Fauré Dolly Suite for 4 hands Op.56 (15’)i
Dvořák Slavonic Dances for 4 hands Op. 46 (25’)


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)


Camiel Boomsma and Club Classique

As part of his Chopin piano concerto no. 2 album recording and concerts with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Camiel has joined hands with Amsterdam based Club Classique to play Chopin’s piano concerto in an arrangement for piano and string quintet (string quartet optional).  Club Classique regularly appear on television for Podium Witteman and has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Programme 1 with string quintet:
Schubert Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass D667
Chopin Piano Concerto no 2, opus 21 for piano and string quartet
Programme 2 with string quartet:
Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade (arr. Franz Liszt for piano solo)
  Four Impromptus, D. 899, Op. 90: No. 1 in C minor – No. 2 in E-flat
  major – No. 3 in G-flat major – No. 4 in A-flat major
Chopin Piano Concerto no 2, opus 21 for piano and string quartet


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.