Musician, teacher 8 – 18 Aug
Dirk Luijmes received award from (inter)national organ competitions and has performed throughout the world, from Warsaw to New York. He presents himself as harmoniumist among others and commissioned several composers to write music for his instrument. Luijmes concertized with leading ensembles like Capella Amsterdam, RIAS Kammerchor and the Dutch Chamber Choir. He performed in varying special productions like the world premiere of the 1919 version of Les Noces by Stravinsky.
Luijmes has performed at Koninklijk Concertgebouw (Royal Concert Hall) in Amsterdam and Musikverein in Vienna. In 2010 he produced the American premiere of the First Harmonium Concerto van Martijn Padding, begeleid door ASKO/ Schoenberg led by Reinbert de Leeuw at Carnegie Hall, US.
Currently he is active as the artistic leader of Stichting Longen & Tongen, a text writer for the Concertgebouw and a radio producer. He recorded several CDs, for instance a Suite by Froberger that was discovered by Luijmes. The recording of the Harmonium Concerto by Padding was awarded an Edison in 2011.