No less than 27 musician from the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Canada, the USA, England and Russia have been invited to participate in the 36th edition of the Orlando Festival.
Renowned ensembles such as the Osiris Trio and the Rusquartet (Moscow) will appear in numerous concerts and teach the master class as well as the amateur ensembles of the festival.
The solo woodwind musicians of 2016 and who were a succesful part of the festival and the Gruppo Montebello will all return in 2017: Ingrid Geerlings (flute), James Austin Smith (oboe), Alan R. Kay (clarinet), Dorian Cooke (bassoon) and Ron Schaaper (French Horn). Other musicians who will make an appearance again are Dirk Luijmes (harmonium), Tjeu Zeijen (organ) and pianist Elena Nemtsova. Tenor Axel Everaert will be teaching the Vocal Master class and also sing in various concerts.
Pianist Hardy Rittner, a valued asset of the Orlando Festival, has to take a raincheck for this year due to some joyful news: he will become a father for the second time just before the start of the festival. This does not mean that piano lovers will fall short, on the contrary! We pay special attention to the combination of two grand pianos, with a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mantra (1970) by Ellen Corver and Sepp Grotenhuis (who have studied this piece intensely with the in 2007 deceased composer). The same pianists will, together with the Canadian pianists Katherine Dowling and Clark Schaufele, bring to you Maarten Bon’s version for four grand pianos of Igor Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps.
New additions to the Orlando musicians of 2017 are the Korean/American soprano Wonjung Kim, the German baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer, the English Toby Hughes on double bass, the cellist Nicholas Trygstad and the English violinist/violist Catherine Yates and violinist Gina McCormack, both of the former Sorrel Quartet.
He is the Artistic Director of the Orlando Festival & Competition since 2014. Per December 1st 2015 he was appointed General Director / Artistic Director of the Foundation Chamber Music Limburg, responsible for the organisation of the Orlando Festival & Competition.
After three successful previous editions of the Orlando Competition for chamber music ensembles (the successor of the Charles Hennen Competition) this year it is string quartets turn to compete.
An international jury will make a selection of the applications and a maximum of nine quartets will compete in this year’s competition. The quartets will play in three rounds at Rolduc and the final three wil compete in a evening concert finale for the first, second and third prize.
The jury consists out of: president Wim de Jong (violin, Schoenberg Quartet), Viola de Hoog (violoncello, Schoenberg Quartet), Gina McCormack (violin, Sorrel Quartet), James Austin Smith (oboe, Tertulia Ensemble) and Catherine Yates (violin / viola, Sorrel Quartet).
Sam Wamper composed the mandatory piece for the third round of the competition.