- Outside Time
- March 21, 2013
- Outside Time– World premiere Klas Torstensson, Dutch premiere Benjamin Staern –Thursday April 11th Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJFriday April 12th The Hague Korzo TheaterSaturday April 13th Arnhem Musis SacrumThe New European Ensemble presents the world premiere of Sieben mal sieben, a new work by Klas Torstensson written especially for the ensemble. His piece is a colourful tribute to Arnold Schönberg’s Serenade, written for the same seven instruments: clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, guitar and mandolin. Torstensson is one of the Netherlands' most prominent composers. In the press reviews his compositions are called 'spectacular', 'impressive' and 'stunningly beautiful'.
The young prize winning Swedish composer Benjamin Staern also uses the Serenade’s instrumentation for his Tranströmer Songs. This song cycle is based on poems from the collection The Sorrow Gondola by Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer. Staern evokes a subtle Italianate sound world with a distant reference to Paganini. It was the composer’s aim ‘to turn the drama and lyricism of Tranströmer's poetry into a music-drama without staging'.
The premiere of Schönberg's Serenade in 1923 took the Viennese world of classical music by surprise with its exotic instrumentation. The combination of instruments was however less unusual than it seemed. Schönberg took his inspiration from the so called Schrammelmusik, light entertainment music he heard in Viennese wine cellars and inns, performed by ensembles with winds, strings and plucked instruments. The Serenade has a light and buoyant character and is a timeless masterpiece, a great source of inspiration for composers well up to the present day.asdOutside TimeNew European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen conductor
Carina Vinke altoKlas Torstensson Sieben mal sieben world premiereBenjamin Staern Tranströmer Songs Dutch premiereArnold Schönberg Serenade, opus 24Justin Christensen The Failures of Marsyas (in The Hague only)Thursday April 11th 2013 | 20:15 |Amsterdam | Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJFriday April 12th 2013 | 20:30 | The Hague | Korzo TheaterSaturday April 13th 2013 | 20:15 | Arnhem | Musis Sacrum
- Generation Next
- February 4, 2013
- Generation Next– Five emerging composers from five countries –Friday February 15th – Korzo Theater The HagueThe New European Ensemble presents Generation Next. This concert showcases a new generation of up and coming composers with works by five original talents from five different countries. These adventurous young composers are connected through the curiosity with which they explore new sound worlds. Their works however remain highly divergent. Each one of these composers has found an individual style and sound. This program unveils the exciting variety present in today’s new music. All of the pieces will be performed in The Netherlands for the first time with the composers in attendance.In Membrane Fragmentations, Mirjam Tally from Estonia combines pre-recorded sounds from everyday life with live performance by the ensemble. Reviewers of her work have called it ‘rich in playful contrasts, poetry and humour’. Israeli composer Roi Nachshon’s wArd is a viruoso solo work for bass clarinet and ensemble. The soloist is surrounded by the ensemble members in a spatialized audio/visual set up. The musicians continually explore the acoustic layout of the concert hall by a process of continuous physical movement. A new version of this piece has been specially created for this concert. In Ascetic Discourse, Djuro Zivkovic from Serbia sets a mystic Greek Coptic text to music. His piece is inspired by the chanting traditions he experienced in a Finnish monastery. The Dutch composer Ronald Boersen’s Agnostics and Atheists is a funk inspired piece incorporating live electronics. The composer performs together with the ensemble by skillfully manipulating and processing live sounds with his computer. Argentina’s Ezequiel Menalled explores instrumental tone colour with great refinement in his Music for Chamber Ensemble. All of these pieces were commissioned by the New European Ensemble.Special OfferCombination ticket (only € 25,–) for Generation Next and our upcoming concert in Korzo on Friday April 12th with the world premiere of Klas Torstensson’s new commissioned piece. Order combi-tickets here.Generation NextNew European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen conductor
Carina Vinke altoFriday February 15th 2013 | 20:30 | The Hague | Korzo TheaterTickets € 17,50 | € 14,– (Korzo-pass) | € 10,– (Profpass) |
€ 7,50 (students)Combination ticket (including our concert on April 12th) € 25,–For more information and tickets click here
- VOICES in STOCKHOLM
- October 26, 2012
- VOICES in Stockholm and Gothenburg- A musical manifesto for Human Rights -November 9th-12th"Who calls in the night? Who screams six feet under when no one hears…? Who talks to the dying soldier, who himself has murdered? Who has the strength to carry school children in coffins through the land of war?"How do you give a voice to those who are without one ? With music, of course! In collaboration with Amnesty International and Swedish human rights organization Teskedsorden we will present Hans Werner Henze’s rarely performed masterpiece Voices as part of a unique musical and visual manifesto for Human Rights. The performances will take place both in Stockholm at the city’s most beautiful concert hall Musikaliska as well as in Gothenburg at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights at the Swedish Congress and Exhibition Centre.An extensive education programme will bring this amazing work to over 1000 school children in the Stockholm area. As a part of the programme the children will hear a special performance of Voices moderated and narrated by the renowned Swedish actress Lo Kauppi. The children will also experience Amnesty International’s exhibition “Focus on Human Rights” and take part in a lecture/workshop produced by Teskedsorden giving them the opportunity to come into contact with numerous organisations working for Human Rights on many different levels.Hans Werner Henze - VOICES - 22 songs for alto, tenor
and 17 musicians performing on over 80 instrumentsThe work will be performed with tailor made photo projections from the collection of Amnesty InternationalNew European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen, conductor
Carina Vinke, altoNovember 9th 2012 | 19:30 | STOCKHOLM | MusikaliskaFor more information and tickets click here
November 11th 2012 | 13:30 | GOTHENBURG | Swedish Forum for Human Right, Swedish Congress and Exhibition CentreFor more information click here
The Stockholm concert will be recorded and broadcast by the Swedish Radio
- September 10, 2012
- STRANGE NEWS in Den Haag
- September 3, 2012
DON'T MISS THE DUTCH PREMIERE OF ROLF WALLIN'S AND JOSSE DE PAUW'S DEEPLY MOVING WORK:
In October the New European Ensemble will present the Dutch premiere of the exciting multimedia piece Strange News for actor, ensemble, live video and surround sound.
In Strange News the New European Ensemble will present the story of African child soldiers in theater form. Gripping music by composer Rolf Wallin is combined with fascinating visual imagery by director Josse de Pauw and woven together with live surround sound into a powerful performance. The young Ugandan actor Arthur Kisenyi will take us on a journey of discovery to learn what life is like as one of the world’s 250 000 child soldiers. The program also includes the prize winning virtuoso chamber symphony Bells and Waves by composer-in-residence Benjamin Staern.
Benjamin Staern – Bells and Waves
Rolf Wallin/Josse de Pauw – Strange News
New European Ensemble
Christian Karlsen – Conductor
Arthur Kisenyi – Actor
Rolf Wallin – Live video and surround sound
Josse de Pauw – Stage Director
Thursday, October 4th 20:15
Theater aan het Spui
Spui 187, Den Haag
- NEWS | Pierre Boulez programme with Kroumata Ensemble
- March 11, 2012
On April 4th and 5th the New European Ensemble will present Pierre Boulez’ seminal work Le Marteau sans maitre ('the hammer without a master'). This modern classic is by many considered to be one of the most important musical works of the 20th century. Boulez was influenced by Indonesian gamelan music as well as Japanese and African traditional music when composing the work.
We are really proud that for this special occasion the Swedish Kroumata Ensemble will make an exclusive appearance in the Netherlands.The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of Kroumata’s performances “you will not hear better percussion playing anywhere”. Christian Karlsen will conduct the collaborating ensembles and alto Carina Vinke will sing the settings in Le Marteau of René Char’s surrealistic poems. The programme will also feature music by the Japanese master Toru Takemitsu and a world première by Canadian composer Graham Flett.
New European Ensemble | Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
Christian Karlsen, conductor
Carina Vinke, alto
Graham Flett – New Work (world première)
Toru Takemitsu – Towards the sea
Rolf Wallin – Scratch
Pierre Boulez – Le Marteau sans maître
April 4th 20:30 | AMSTERDAM | Ostadetheater
Tickets €4 | €5 | €6 | €6,50 | €10,50 | €12,50
April 5th 20:30 | DEN HAAG | Korzo Theater
Tickets €7,50 | €10 | €14 | €17,50
- Kaija Saariaho about New European Ensemble!
- February 20, 2012
- New European Ensemble welcomes two new members
- February 20, 2012
Oboist Christopher Bouwman (Spain/the Netherlands) is principal oboist of Zubin Mehta's and Lorin Maazel's Orquestra de la communitat Valencia, Spain. He has performed widely both as a chamber musicians as well as a soloist with orchestras including the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Christopher Bouwman is also second prize winner in the Fernand Gillet international oboe competition.
Trombonist Lars Karlin (Germany/Sweden) is the winner of the 2011 Deutsche Musikwettbewerb in both the solo and ensemble categories. Lars Karlin is today the principal trombonist at the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark after previously being member of the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and the Hannover State Opera. He is also active performing and making arrangements for numerous brass ensembles.
- NEWS | New managing director: Onno Ephraim
- January 15, 2012
The ensemble is pleased to announce that Onno Ephraim has been appointed managing director of the New European Ensemble. Onno Ephraim has extensive experience as a manager in the performing arts world having worked as a manager for numerous theatre companies and as a tour manager for SENF theatre partners in the Netherlands. We wish Onno good luck in his new position. He joins the ensemble at an exciting time with the ongoing development of numerous exciting projects.
- NEWS | Prize for Benjamin Staern's Bells and Waves
- November 15, 2011
New European Ensemble's composer-in-residence Benjamin Staern's chamber symphony "Bells and Waves" was awarded 'the Most significant Contemporary Chamber Work of the Year" during the Swedish Association of Music Publishers' annual award gala. The piece was commissioned by the New European Ensemble and dedicated to it's artistic director and conductor, Christian Karlsen. The premiere took place last year during the White Crow Music Festival in Leiden's amazing Stadsgehoorzaal.
Listen to the live recording of the concert here:
You can hear Benjamin's speech at the prize ceremony here:
- VOTE for New European Ensemble and Joey Roukens!
- November 10, 2011
- NEWS | New European Ensemble on Dutch National TV
- November 6, 2011
Today the New European Ensemble will be featured on Dutch National Television in
- TOMAS TRANSTRÖMER WINS THE NOBEL PRIZE
- October 6, 2011
NEW EUROPEAN ENSEMBLE PATRON TOMAS TRANSTÖMER RECEIVES THE 2011 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE.
New European Ensemble has, since it's first project "Schönberg Festival Den Haag" been close to Tomas Transtömer's work. As a part of the Schönberg Festival, NEuE composer in residence Benjamin Staern wrote the first movements of what became one of NEuE's signature pieces, Tranströmer Settings. The complete work was premiered in Västerås Concert Hall and subsequently toured throughout Sweden. The piece was also performed as part of NEuE's residencency at the White Crow Music Festival last November.
Last week Mr. Transtömer agreed to support the New European Ensemble as a member of our Board of Patrons.
We would like to sincerely congratulate Mr. Transtömer on this amazing achievement.
Carina Vinke, Tomas Tranströmer, Benjamin Staern and Christian Karlsen after the concert in Västerås Concert Hall
- First Friends of the ensemble
- October 3, 2011
The New European Ensemble is pleased to announced the names of the first three friends to join our support programme. We are in the process of updating the site and their will be a special sponsor section for our friends added shortly. Our first three friends are:
Thank you for your support and welcome to the friends program!
- New European Ensemble new Friends and Sponsor programme!
- October 3, 2011
- Become a Friend, Supporter or Benefactor of the New European Ensemble today!We are pleased to introduce the readers of our newsletter to our new Friends and Sponsor Programme. Our goal is to become a leading ensemble on both a regional and international level by reaching music lovers and winning over new audiences across Europe. You can help us today towards reaching our goals by donating to our organization. We depend on contributions from individuals for our artistic development as well as educational and outreach programs. Your generosity enables us to continue pushing musical boundaries and building musical communities.
- Follow the musical and creative development and experiences of an individual musician by receiving personal communication- Receive acknowledgements on our website, in concert programmes and publicity materials- Visit the New European Ensemble during rehearsalsYour donations will make you eligible for special discount tickets and merchandise which we will inform you about in our newsletter.We also offer attractive sponsor packages to companies. Besides having your company logo added to our materials you will receive invitations to exclusive private concerts or special receptions hosted by the ensemble for your business contacts. The New European Ensemble is open to any suggestions for strategic business partnerships.Want to support the New European Ensemble? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you as soon as we can.NEuE has official charity status. Therefore your gift can be tax deductible
- FRIEND for €30 a year become a ‘Friend’ of the ensemble. With your permission your name will be added to our friends list on the website.
- SUPPORTER for €70 a year be a ‘Supporter’. With your permission your name will be added to our sponsors list on the website.
- BENEFACTOR if you wish to contribute over €250 a year your name can be added to the opening page of our website as a ‘Benefactor’ of the ensemble. You can also choose to be mentioned in our printed concert programmes.
- SPONSOR-A-CHAIR your sponsorship supports the work of an ensemble musician for an entire season. Get to know the New European Ensemble from inside out by sponsoring a chair or desk in the ensemble.
- COUNTDOWN - Saariaho Festival Den Haag
- September 17, 2011
Preparations are underway for the Saariaho Festival Den Haag. This is the most large-scale project undertaken by the ensemble to date. The new festival website is up and running at: www.saariahofestival.nl. Check it out! The festival will be packed full of exciting events that you won’t want to miss. More updates on the Saariaho Festival in our next newsletter. Be sure to book tickets for our concerts 'Solar' on October 6th and 'Aurora' on October 7th in the Saariaho Festival!
Friends, Supporters and Benefactors are eligible to receive special €17.50 discount tickets for the concerts 'Solar' and 'Aurora' in the Dr. Anton Philipszaal
Saariaho Festival Den Haag is a collaboration of:
Atrium - Dr Anton Philipszaal - Dag in de Branding - Finnish embassy - Royal Conservatoire - Korzo Theater - New European Ensemble - NJO - The Hague Philharmonic - Theater aan het Spui
- NEWS | UK Tour June-July 2011
- April 19, 2011
In June and July this year the New European Ensemble will make its first appearances in the United Kingdom. On the Viennese flavoured programme stands Beethoven’s thrilling 4th String Trio in C Minor, Mozart’s Kegelstadt Trio and Arnold Schönberg’s spectacular Suite for Septet Op. 29, where Schönberg lets New Orleans Jazz music meet Viennese expressionism to create a breathtaking experience. The musicians of the New European Ensemble and their conductor Christan Karlsen will perform in Bishops Stortford, Norwich, Great Bricett and in the newly opened concert hall in Bury St. Edmunds. Arnold Schönberg’s Suite will also be recorded for the ensemble’s soon to be released first CD.
Hear us for the first time in the United Kingdom:
30th of June - Hockerill Anglo European College, Bishops Stortford
2nd of July - St Mary and St Laurence Church, Great Bricett
3rd of July - The Assembly House, Norwich
4th of July - The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
- NEWS | Raving reviews for last Moonstruck Intoxication
- April 8, 2011
The last performance of our critically acclaimed opera double bill Moonstruck Intoxication was to be seen at the Zwolle International Chamber Opera Festival on the 4th of April. Carina Vinke and actress Ilse Ott appeared for the last time together in Lotte de Beer’s staging of Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Peter Maxwell Davis’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot.
Franz R. Stuke wrote in Opernnetz over Carina Vinke’s performance:
"Carina Vinke singt sowohl die hoffnungslos elegisch rückblickenden Erinnerungen an den mythischen Pierrot als auch die emotional überreizten Reanimations-Versuche einer verlassenen Braut mit kalkulierter Stimmkultur: bewusst gestaltend in den vorgegebenen Exaltationen mit gekonnten Höhen und intensiver „Sprach“-Gestaltung – dabei darstellerisch ausdrucksvoll präsent!
The New European Ensemble and conductor Christian Karlsen where also praised:
Das technisch perfekt aufspielende New European Ensemble vermag es, dem so spröden Klang-Material die immanente Emotionalität zu entlocken; Christian Karlsen leitet das Orchester zu intendiertem durchsichtigen Klang, lässt Raum für die eingreifenden Solo-Instrumente und koordiniert umsichtig die Kommunikation zwischen Musik und Gesang.
Dem jungen Festival im bislang wenig beachteten Zwolle steht nach dieser Erfahrung – und dem weiteren Programm mit avanciertem Musiktheater! - eine verheißungsvolle Zukunft ins Haus!"
We are all happy and grateful that our first opera production has been received so well by both audience and critics!
- NEWS | Introducing: SAARIAHO FESTIVAL DEN HAAG
- March 7, 2011
“BEST NEW WORK OF THE YEAR” New York Times
“a rare and rather magical experience.” Financial Times
“a creation of great beauty and drama” The Independent on Sunday
From October 6th to 8th the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho will visit The Hague. One of the greatest and most internationally renowned composers of our time will join us for a three day festival in which the New European Ensemble, The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest), the Royal Conservatoire and Dr. Anton Philpszaal will present a portrait festival of Kaija Saariaho’s work.
The New European Ensemble is proud to have initiated this event.
Among the highlights of this festival will be two evening concerts on October 6th and 7th presented by the New European Ensemble in the Dr. Anton Philipszaal, during which we will perform all of Kaija Saariaho’s major works for ensemble. The violinist Peteri Iivonen, 2nd prize winner in the 2010 Sibelius Violin Competition will make his debut in the Netherlands with the New European Ensemble as the soloist in Saariaho’s Violin Concerto. There will be a unique opportunity to meet the composer in post concert conversations with Kaija Saariaho, Christian Karlsen and musicians from the New European Ensemble.
The festival will mark a special collaboration between The Hague’s leading musical institutions with Saturday the 8th of October being a special edition of Dag in de Branding, festival for new music with concerts by The Hague Philharmonic, students and faculty of the Royal Conservatoire and the NJO summer academy. The festival is shaping up to be an exciting event.
Kaija Saariaho will join us at the Dr. Anton Philipszaal in October and we hope that you will too!
- NEWS | Gérard Grisey's Vortex Temporum in 'Spectral Landscapes' - 19th of March
- March 6, 2011
The New European Ensemble will return to the Dr. Anton Philipszaal in The Hague on March 19th to perform Gerard Grisey’s masterpiece Vortex Temporum as part of our program "Spectral Landscapes". Vortex Temporum is a fascinating study in time, movement and rotation. The work’s unheard of and otherworldly spectral harmonies are guaranteed to send the listener into a trance.
The program pairs this epic work with the world premiere of a new work by the prize winning Canadian composer Justin Christensen who’s interests align closely with those of Gerard Grisey who died tragically young in 1998 at the age of 46.
To kick off the presentation of this fall’s Kaija Saariaho Festival Den Haag we will open the concert with the Dutch premiere of Je sens un deuxième coeur by Kaija Saariaho. The work was inspired by Saariaho’s exploration of the relationship between a mother and her unborn child. The music captures the quality of forces moving in close proximity. Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’amour de Loin was awarded the 2010 Grammy for best opera recording.
"To those of us rooting for classical music to build a thriving future upon its storied history, nothing is more exciting than the introduction of a startling new work. So after a full week of attending concerts and operas in New York...what lingers is the premiere of Kaija Saariaho's "Je Sens un Deuxieme Coeur," a wonderfully strange work for viola, cello and piano that seemed monumental despite lasting only 15 minutes" (New York Times)
New European Ensemble conducted by Christian Karlsen
Saturday March 19th, 2011 | 14:00 (only Grisey)
Saturday March 19th, 2011 | 20:15
Dr. Anton Philipszaal, The Hague
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- RETROSPECTIVE | White Crow Music Festival
- February 15, 2011
As ensemble in residence at the White Crow Music Festival in Leiden we performed 5 concerts over a 4 day period. The ensemble premiered new works by composer in residence Benjamin Staern and Silvia Colasanti. We also presented Reinbert de Leeuw’s new arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. The German magazine Ensemble wrote about the Leiden performances:
“Silvia Colasanti’s Burning a work hovering between jazz and avant-garde performed with excitement and bravado by the New European Ensemble”
“Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire was a theatrical spectacle…the New European Ensemble impressively matched the poem’s different moods… a world class concert experience”“Wagner..Keuris..Mahler a grand finale”
- NEWS | Okke Westdorp new interim managing director
- January 26, 2011
Okke Westdorp has taken on the job of interim managing director for the New European Ensemble as of January 2011. Okke has been a French horn player with The Hague Philharmonic since 2004 and has gained management experience on the orchestra’s musician’s board. He was on the board of the directors for Theater Pierrot and has been a member of the task force for Art, Culture and Media for the political party D66.
We wish Okke good luck in his new position! He joins our team at an exciting time with a myriad of upcoming projects in the works not to mention the numerous challenges confronting a new ensemble in today’s era of austerity measures and funding cuts to the arts.
- Antillian Music at the Writers United Festival
- January 21, 2011
Following a succesful appearance at the Antillen Festival in Rotterdam's De Doelen last year, New European Ensemble again joins forces with Randal Corsen Quartet for a concert at the Writers United Literature Festival in the Hague. Come and hear us at 22.00 on Saturday in Theater aan't Spui. For all of you that can't wait, enjoy this little teaser:
- VOICES | Documentary
- January 19, 2011
Watch a short documentary about our project Voices we did last year in collaboration with Amnesty International.
- Justin Christensen wins Jules Leger Prize for the piece The Failures of Marsyas
- December 1, 2010
The Canada Council for the Arts announced today that composer Justin Christensen is this year's winner of the most prestious compositional prizes in Canada, the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, for the work The Failures of Marsyas. The piece for seven instruments, orignally commissioned by New European Ensemble, was premiered as a part of our Schönberg Festival in The Hague 2010. The work was also featured to great public acclaim at all concerts during the ensemble's tour of Sweden this year.
Of The Failures of Marsyas the prize committee said: "This is a piece that holds itself beautifully, featuring a fresh use of glissandi, interesting groupings of instruments and a great care in the orchestration. A strong and surprising work, it teases the listener into thinking that things will fall apart."
The New European Ensemble is proud to have been part of intiating this masterwork and would like to congratulate the composer on this major recognition.
We are also very excited that, right now, Justin Christensen is working on a new large scale composition for the ensemble. The premiere is to take place on the 19th of March in The Hague's major concert hall, Dr. Anton Philipszaal. Don't miss the opportunity to be the first one hear a new masterwork!
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- NEWS | White Crow Music Festival
- October 31, 2010
The New European Ensemble is delighted to be Ensemble in Residence at Leiden’s new White Crow Music Festival at the Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden between November 11th and 14th, 2010.
The ensemble will present a total of 5 programs at the festival. Our resident composer Benjamin Staern will be featured both with the world premiere of his new large scale work Bells and Waves on the festival’s opening concert as well as a performance of his Tranströmersånger.
Our critically acclaimed chamber opera production Moonstruck Intoxication will also be performed. Ilse Ott and Carina Vinke return to perform Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schönberg and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot by Peter Maxwell Davies.
For the festival’s closing concert N.Eu.E. will present an ambitious program with 30 musicians and no fewer than 5 solo singers under the direction of Christian Karlsen. The program will include maestro Reinbert de Leeuw’s new arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Tristan Keuris’ rarely performed masterpiece L’Infinito.
- NEWS | Board of Patrons grows
- October 31, 2010
The New European Ensemble is very proud to announce that both the world-renowned stage director Peter Sellars and one of Holland’s great conductors and mentors Reinbert de Leeuw have shown their support for our ensemble by joining our board of patrons.
- RETROSPECTIVE | Sweden tour
- October 31, 2010
New European Ensemble recently returned from a highly successful tour of Sweden. Besides performances in Gothenburg and Malmö, N.Eu.E. played two sold out concerts in Stockholm and was honored that the great poet Tomas Tranströmer could attend our performance in Västerås. The ensemble also presented several workshops to young music students on the creative process and collaborating with living composers. We also discussed rehearsal techniques and exploring the contemporary repertoire.
The ensemble was proud to present 7 world premieres by some of Europe’s most exciting young composers. The newspaper VLT from Västerås wrote:
“Drama, intensity, severity power and energy throughout…the sheer power of the clarinets gave the concert’s first piece a thundering intensity, like threatening steps in a dark landscape…”
Carina Vinke was the soloist in Benjamin Staern’s expanded Tranströmersånger. Other works included new works for ensemble and electronics by Dutch composer Ronald Boersen and Swedish composer Pär Frid as well as the world premiere of Settimino by Bulgarian composer Velislav Zaimov. Justin Christensen's masterpiece The Failures of Marsyas that we premiered two years ago opened all concerts. Conductor Christian Karlsen lead the ensemble. The ensemble would also like to thank Fredrik Hagstedt and Fabio Monni for their new works.Photo: singer Carina Vinke, poet Tomas Tranströmer, composer Benjamin Staern and conductor Christian Karlsen, after the concert in Västerås
- New European Ensemble tours Sweden 7th-13th of October
- September 29, 2010
In October the New European Ensemble will tour a number of Sweden's major cities. Our first performance will be at Västerås Concert Hall with subsequent performances in Stockholm, Gothenburg and at the Connect Festival in Malmö. The concert program presents several of Europe's highly talented young composers. The varied program is similar to a prism reflecting the young composers' widely divergent backgrounds and compositional styles. The tour will reflect our ensemble's goals of developing new repertoire and introducing young composers to new audiences.
All of the pieces we will perform have been written for the New European Ensemble and have been composed with the same instrumentation as Arnold Schönberg's Serenade Op. 24. This highly unusual combination of instruments includes voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, guitar, mandolin and string trio. The unusual timbres of this combination of instruments inspired Schönberg to connect various musical styles from traditional dance music to twelve-tone composition. Our ensemble's enjoyment of Schönberg's Serenade and its unique instrumentation has lead us to encourage living composers to write for this instrumental setting.
Five works will receive their world premiere performance during the tour. The ensemble's new composer in residence Benjamin Staern has expanded his song cycle Tranströmersånger, which we originally premiered in the Netherlands in 2009. New works by the young Swedish composer Pär Frid and the young Dutch composer Ronald Boersen will feature live and interactive electronics. Italian composer Fabio Monni and Swedish composer Fredrik Hagstedt have written new vocal works for the ensemble featuring the New European Ensemble's alto Carina Vinke. We will also perform The Failures of Marsyas by Justin Christensen, which was written for our ensemble in 2009.
9th of October 14.00 Västerås Konserthus
9th of October 19.30 Capitol Stockholm
10th of October 19.00 FORUM Stockholm (Schönberg Serenade Op. 24)
12th of October 18.00 Röhsska Museet Göteborg
13th of October 19.00 Caroli Kyrka Malmö at the Connect Festival
Workshops for music students will be given in Stockholm and Västerås on the 7th and the 8th.
For more information about the Sweden tour visit the agenda.
- Benjamin Staern becomes composer in residence
- September 19, 2010
"Magnificent sonorities and Staern's glorious, intense emotionalism are certainlycontagious regardless with whichever ears one listened" (Göteborgsposten)
The New European Ensemble is excited to announce that Benjamin Staern (born 1978) will be the ensemble's first resident composer. The young Swedish composer has already positioned himself as one of the most interesting composers of his generation. Written when the composer was 21 years of age his piece The Threat of War was premiered by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and since then his work has been performed by all of the leading orchestras in his native country.
On numerous occasions Benjamin Staern’s work has been performed by major European orchestras, such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the MDR Orchestra Leipzig. In 2008 his tuba concerto Sacrificio opened the Suntory Festival in Japan with a performance by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Last year his piece Nattens djupa violoncell was performed by the star alto Anna Larsson and the recording of this work won the Swedish Gramophone Award for 'Best Classical Album' of the year.
Benjamin Staern's tenure as a composer in residence will span three years starting this September. He will work closely with our ensemble's musicians and music director Christian Karlsen. For our upcoming Sweden tour Benjamin Staern has composed an extended version of the song cycle Tranströmersånger originally written for the New European Ensemble and Carina Vinke in 2009. The new version will be premiered at the Västerås Concert Hall. The composer is also working on a new large scale composition for ensemble to be premiered during the New European Ensemble's residency at the White Crow Music Festival Leiden this coming November (more information can be found below).
We are pleased that Benjamin Staern will be our very first composer in residence and are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with this unusually gifted composer.
- Retrospective - Moonstruck Intoxication
- September 19, 2010
After several months of preparation including set building and stage rehearsals the ensemble's first chamber opera production opened on the 19th of August at the Orpheus Theater in Apeldoorn. This was an exciting debut for the new opera company New Opera Amsterdam.
Our first partnership project was received with glowing reviews in the Dutch press:
"world class performance" (De Stentor)
"The New European Ensemble earned high praise. That the ensemble is made up of young top musicians from across Europe was clearly apparent. The sounds, colors and atmospheres that they conjured up were of the highest quality." (Plaçe de l'Opera)
We wish to congratulate New Opera Amsterdam on their successful debut and we are looking forward to upcoming performances of Moonstruck Intoxication. We are also excited about the prospect of a long-term partnership with New Opera Amsterdam. Plans are being made for our next opera production.
- N.Eu.E opens the new season with music theatre: MOONSTRUCK INTOXICATION
- August 8, 2010
The brand new opera company New Opera Amsterdam and the New European Ensemble will present an exciting music theatre production called Moonstruck Intoxication. In a performance filled with intoxicating madness a tragic clown and a bride jilted at the altar with her rotting wedding cake move the audience between hard, cold reality and the absurd fantasy-world of dreams. The program pushes boundaries theatrically, musically and vocally. The young up and coming production team will explore how suicide, anxiety dreams, hope and love can leave one balancing on the edge of life and death.
The talented young stage director Lotte de Beer will take charge of the staging for this production. She is together with Christian Karlsen co-artistic director of New Opera Amsterdam and learned her craft as Peter Konwitschny's assistant. Stage design will be done by the highly imaginative duo Clement & Sanôu. They are currently also designing a new Monteverdi Orfeo for Pierre Audi. The New European Ensemble will be conducted by music director Christian Karlsen. Alto Carina Vinke will sing the title roles of both Pierrot Lunaire and Miss Donnithorne's Maggot. Actress Ilse Ott will join alto Carina Vinke on stage exploring the depths of both dramatic works.
Hans Werner Henze’s dark and brooding Sonata for Six Players will open the performance followed by Arnold Schönberg’s masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire. Peter Maxwell Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot is a perturbing monodrama as well as a virtuoso tour de force with stunning vocal effects. Actor Ilse Ott will join alto Carina Vinke on stage exploring the depths of both dramatic works.
MOONSTRUCK INTOXICATION can be seen in theatres in the Netherlands starting in August 2010:
August 19th, 20:00 | Apeldoorn, Schouwburg Orpheus click here for tickets
August 21st, 20:00 | Nijmegen, LUX click here for tickets
August 25th, 20:15 | Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ click here for tickets
November 12th, 20:00 | Leiden, Stadsgehoorzaal
April 4th 2011, 20:15 | Zwolle, Theater Odeon
- N.Eu.E's 2010/2011 season announced
- August 1, 2010
For the new cultural season the New European Ensemble will present a wide-ranging program varying from large music theatre to intimate chamber music concerts.
This year will open with the new music theatre production ''Moonstruck Intoxication'' in Orfeus, Apeldoorn conducted by music director Christian Karlsen and directed by Ton Lutz award winning Lotte de Beer. Carina Vinke will sing both the title roles in Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Peter Maxwell Davies' Miss Donnithorne's Maggot. The production will tour the Netherlands during the season with a first stop in Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw aan't IJ on the 25th of August.
In October the ensemble will tour Sweden's major cities with works specially written for the ensemble by some of today’s most exciting young composers.
N.Eu.E. will also form part of the core programming of the new White Crow Music Festival in Leiden in November. This is Leiden’s first chamber music festival! Artistic director Hanna Shybayeva is of course the N.Eu.E. pianist.
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- N.Eu.E's guitarist wins prestigious competition
- August 1, 2010
Jacob Kellermann, the New European Ensemble’s guitarist won the prestigious Internationalen Wettbewerb für Kammermusik mit Gitarre in Aschaffenburg, Germany with his violin/guitar duo KeMi. Both Jacob and violinist Daniel Migdal who performed with N.Eu.E. last November in Scandinavian Imagery won three rounds of competition against 20 other ensembles from 17 different countries. The duo has won an international concert tour with performances in Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. A review of their prize-winning performance sighted “Fire, passion and character” and described their playing as “authentic, heartfelt and touching”.
It is with great pride that we congratulate Jacob and Daniel on their success. For more information on Duo KeMi visit their website: www.duokemi.com
- Justin Christensen - Radio Interview
- June 25, 2010
- Listen to an interview on 'An Hour' with Justin Christensen hosted by Ophir Ilzetzki. The show gives a one hour overview of Justin Christensen's most recent work and the composer discusses some of his interests with a special focus on his exploration of the perception of time in his music. Click here and enjoy.
- New European Ensemble opens Antillen Festival in De Doelen, Rotterdam
- May 1, 2010
- Together with Randal Corsen Quartet and guitarist Marlon Titre, New European Ensemble will open the Antillen Festival in De Doelen (Rotterdam) with a special programme dedicated to legendary guitarist and bass player Julian Coco.
May 7th, 20:15
Concert- en congresgebouw De Doelen, Rotterdam
May 16th, 14:00
- VOICES - postludium
- April 1, 2010
After months of hard work preparing for what was to be our largest project to date, we performed Hans Werner Henze's masterpiece Voices on March 13th, 2010 in the Theater aan 't Spui in The Hague. Audience and performers alike were moved by the powerful combination of Henze’s music with incisive visual material and a photo exhibit by Amnesty International focused on human rights. Audience members described the performance as “impressive”, “fantastic” and “deeply moving”. By way of this newsletter we would like to thank everyone who attended. It was a great experience for the ensemble give such a special performance to a full hall! If you were unable to attend Voices last March you will be happy to know that the Voices project will certainly be repeated as part of our future programming so keep an eye on our agenda!
- VOICES - Education Project
- April 1, 2010
Prior to performing the concert version of Voices at Theater aan ‘t Spui New European Ensemble spent a day at the Haagse Hogeschool (The Hague University) where we presented two special education concerts for youth focused on human rights. The students were dumbfounded when confronted by Amnesty International’s pictures in combination with Hans Werner Henze’s music.
Actor and storyteller Winston Scholsberg led a discussion on subjects ranging from freedom of expression and religion to the right to education.
- Henze Voices Promo Video
- March 4, 2010
- Our promotional Video for our upcoming performance of Hans Werner Henze’s Voices is on Youtube!
- New European Ensemble and Amnesty International present ‘Voices’
- February 19, 2010
- Saturday March 13th 2010, 21.00 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag Hans Werner Henze - Voices (1973) New European Ensemble conducted by Christian Karlsen Carina Vinke, alto Erik Slik, tenor Photo Exhibit ‘Focus on Human Rights’ and visual material by Amnesty International Voices is an exciting collaborative project in which music and visual art are interwoven with human rights awareness. In his politically charged masterpiece Voices written in 1973, the German composer Hans Werner Henze explores themes of political repression and human rights violations.
The colourful music is a mix of elements from a broad range of styles including folk, classical song form, cabaret and jazz. These elements strive to give a voice to those around the world who are unable to speak freely for themselves. A collection of 70 different instruments from around the world is used in the work with only 17 musicians on hand to play them all. This requires a high degree of virtuosity from the ensemble. Voices contains 22 songs written on texts by writers ranging from Ho Chi Minh, Herberto Padilla and Bertolt Brecht to F.C. Delius and Heinrich Heine.
The relevance of the piece’s thematic focus to contemporary culture was the reason the New European Ensemble chose to collaborate with Amnesty International on this special project.
During this spectacular performance the New European Ensemble will bring Amnesty’s message on human rights and Henze’s musical communication of this message together.
The photo exhibition ‘Focus on Human Rights’ created by Amnesty International will be shown in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui before the concert. The exhibit is made up of pictures from all parts of the world, made by renowned photographers. The pictures illustrate the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. During the performance these and other first-rate pictures from Amnesty’s collection will be projected.
The concert on March 13th is the final performance of the day for the 15th edition of ‘Dag in de Branding’ (festival for new music in the Hague).
Amnesty and the New European Ensemble have also created a large-scale educational project for the Haagse Hogeschool to reach youth and inform them about human rights issues.
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- N.Eu.E in Haagse Muziekdriedaagse: Souvenir de Florence
- February 18, 2010
- Rada, Emlyn, and Willem, three string players also known as the Ysaÿe Trio from our Ensemble can be heard on Sunday, March 7th at 11:00 in the Nieuwe Kerk in Den Haag as part of the Haagse Muziek Driedaagse. The concert has been given the title “Young Talent - Great Masters” as the three will be joined by violinist Lucian-Leonard Raiciof, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn and cellist Harro Ruijsenaars in performances of Richard Strauss’ Capriccio, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. For more information and tickets visit the Haagse Muziek Driedaagse website: www.muziekdriedaagse.nl
- N.Eu.E grows to 12 core members!
- February 17, 2010
- After a very exciting and inspirational week leading up to ‘Scandinavian Imagery’ in which we worked with no less than 13 guest musicians, Double Bass player Szymon Marciniak, Flutist Felicia van den End, and Bassoonist Amy Harman have joined the core of our ensemble increasing our numbers to 12! You can read all about each of our new members on our About page. We look forward to many exciting projects with our new members in the future!
- Scandinavian Imagery = Successful debut!
- February 16, 2010
- N.Eu.E is very happy that our major concert hall debut was such a great success with over 300 audience members adding to the exciting atmosphere in the nearly sold out Nieuwe Kerk in Den Haag. The enthusiastic response of the audience to our Finnish program was inspirational and will certainly lead to a sequel of our Scandinavian adventure in the future! We would like to thank everyone who helped us produce this wonderful event, and all of you who were there for your amazing support!
- February 6, 2009 - 20.15
- February 6, 2009
Gustav Mahler Piano Quartet
Alfred Schnittke Piano Quartet *
Johannes Brahms Zwei Gesänge Op. 91 for alto, viola and piano
Luigi Dallapiccola Goethe-Lieder
Arnold Schönberg - Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte Op. 41
Arnold Schönberg - Suite Op. 29
Christian Karlsen, conductor
Alexander Oliver, voice
Carina Vinke, alto
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