Classical Encounters Online

Classical Encounters Online – 17 May 2020

You can watch the full live stream of Classical Encounters Online (May 17th) back here! ⤴️

The 2020 edition of Classical Encounters, which was supposed to take place May 13-17, can not take place in the way we had imagined it, due to the measures taken against corona. We realize only too well that music can offer solace, connects people, and is indispensable in these trying times. That is why Classical Encounters is announcing an online edition, which will take place on Sunday, May 17: Classical Encounters Online!

A chamber music festival – can it be done digitally? The new reality in which we’ve suddenly found ourselves is challenging us to find new possibilities. We’re asking what still remains possible, or rather: what has now become possible?

Classical Encounters has decided to rise to the occasion. As a festival that is always looking for connections, we will also embrace the online encounter!

On Sunday, May 17, we invite you and everybody who has a monitor, speakers and internet, to join us for a day of digital festival, live from the Lourdes Church in The Hague. During the live stream, which will last from noon until six pm, you will be treated to non-stop live concerts (with brief introductions), a short lecture, interviews, and surprising musical intermezzos. Host Dieuwertje Blok and artistic director Eva Stegman will guide you through our one-day online festival.



Buy your virtual ticket

Of course there are costs involved in making this festival day. Do you appreciate the live stream? Then you can choose to make a donation as a virtual ticket! This way Classical Encounters will be able to continue organizing festivals in the future.

Meet the Musicians!

Adinda van Delft
Rembrandt Frerichs
Adinda van Delft
Christiaan Blom
Rembrandt FrerichsC
Ursula Smith



Presentor Dieuwertje Blok and artistic director Eva Stegeman welcome you to the Lourdeskerk in The Hague.


Leo Samamapre-concert talk (subtitled in English)
‘Opgeruimde muziek in oorlogstijd’ – inleiding op strijkkwartet Beethoven

Nexus String Quartet plays Beethoven concert
Beethoven – String Quartet Op.74 ‘Harp’

Pieter van Loenen – violin | Eva Stegeman – violin | Hannah Strijbos – viola | Sietse-Jan Weijenberg – cello

Sylvia Huang (viool) carte blanche – live from the Lourdeskerk

Ysaÿe – Violin Sonata No.2 ‘Obsession’


Duo Theoretically Blonde concert
Erik Bosgraaf (recorder) en Ernst Reijseger (cello) play ‘Bach Variations’

Leo Samama mini lecture (subtitled in English)
Hunkering naar ‘varietá’ – een mini-lezing over variatie

Ursula Smith (cello) carte blanche – live from Londen
Sibelius – Theme & Variations voor cello solo (1887)


Patrick Ayrton (klavecimbel) carte blanche – uit Cluny (Bourgogne, Frankrijk)
William Byrd – My Lady Nevell’s Ground

Leo Samamaconcert talk (subtitled in English)
‘Variaties voor een slapeloze graaf’ – inleiding op Goldberg Variations

Kit Armstrong (piano) concert – performed from his own local church in Hirson, Northern France
J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988

> Read ‘7 Questions for Kit Armstrong’


Adinda van Delft (11 jaar, violin) Talent support
Bloch – Nigun (with Natasja Douma, piano)
Paganini – Cantabile (with Matthijs van Delft, gitaar)

Academy of Vocal Arts – concert
Academy of Vocal Arts from Den Haag o.l.v. Daniëlle van Lieshout

Gordan Nikolic (viool) carte blanche – live from Antwerpen
with Celine Flamen (cello)
Ravel Duo & Bach violin solo


Jeroen Geevers (percussie)carte blanche – live from Rosmalen
Roderick de Man – ‘Case history’
Gordon Stout – Mexican Dance No.1

Christiaan Blom (11 jaar, recorder)Talent support
Markus Zahnhausen – Kolibri Jacob van Eyck – Boffons Jacob van Eyck – Derde, Doen Daphne d’over, modo 1 en 3 Violeta Dinescu – Abendandacht

Nexus String Quartet plays Frerichsconcert
Rembrandt Frerichs – En Vele Anderen, new work for string quartet and piano (2020, world premiere)

Eva Stegeman – violin | Pieter van Loenen – violin | Hannah Strijbos – viola | Sietse-Jan Weijenberg – cello | Rembrandt Frerichs – piano


André Heuvelman (trompet)carte blanche – live from the Lourdeskerk
Falvo – Dicitencello Vuie
Morricone – Cinema Paradiso

Trio Cinema Paradiso:
André Heuvelman – trumpet
Wilmar de Visser – double bass
Henry Kelder – piano

Jala Heywood (12 jaar, double bass & voice)Talent Support
(with James Heywood – piano)

Rembrandt Frerichs Trioconcert
Variations on Satie, Messiaen en Brahms

Rembrandt Frerichs – piano
Vinsent Planjer – drums
Tony Overwater – acoustic double bass

Techniek Classical Encounters Online 2020:
Pink Steenvoorden – Regie en vormgeving
Dario Giustarini – Streammaster
Marco van der Velde – camera en technische realisatie
Stefan Bandalac – Videomaster en technische realisatie
Pepijn Stutterheim – Geluid

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