The collaboration between Netherlands based New European Ensemble and the soloists is one of the special projects and main highlights of the festival this year. Initiated and produced by Oriental Landscapes in collaboration with New European Ensemble the program will present pieces from prominent contemporary Syrian composers like Zaid Jabri, Nouri Iskandar (featured at Holland Festival 2005), Dima Orsho and Shafi Badreddin as well as two specially commissioned pieces from Oene van Geel and Steven Kamperman.
The New European Ensemble
The New European Ensemble was founded in 2008 in the Netherlands by dedicated and passionate musicians from across Europe. The ensemble has built up a national and international reputation for imaginative programming, ‘great enthusiasm’ (Nutida Musik) and ‘excellent performances’ (de Volkskrant). The musicians regularly tour internationally. Some of today’s leading composers like Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg enjoy working with the group. In 2018 Sofia Gubaidulina will be featured.
The ensemble’s musicians showcase a diversity of talents. They perform new music but are also active as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral leaders. They present new music in exciting ways by combining music with other art forms like film, literature, theatre, dance and visual art and performing in alternative venues outside the concert hall. The musicians want to share new music with a broad audience while challenging themselves artistically.
Students of the Koninklijk Conservatorium will also be involved with the New European Ensemble for some pieces.
Dima Orsho – singer
Nizar Rohana – oud
Kinan Azmeh- clarinet