Classical Encounters…

Upcoming Encounter:
Saturday May 15th 2021, from 8pm – livestream

Classical Encounters presents ‘Worldly Classical’: a musical encounter with kamancheh-maestro Kayhan Kalhor, the Rembrandt Trio, Eva Stegeman & friends

Classical Encounters will join forces with the Rembrandt Trio for a meeting between different worlds of classical music on the evening of Saturday, May 15th. In the Lourdes Church in The Hague, the Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor will perform together with the Rembrandt Trio. Artistic director and violinist Eva Stegeman will invite her musical friends Pieter van Loenen, Charles Watt, Judith Wijzenbeek, and Dominic Seldis. They will perform classical pieces by Messiaen and Ravel, among others, as well as a new piece by Rembrandt Frerichs, who will personally take place behind the piano.

Classical Encounters Online: May 17th 2020
Looking back: our livestream full of music, interviews, from the Lourdes church in The Hague between 12:00-18:00 hrs

About the festival….
The Dutch chamber music festival Classical Encounters is a meeting place for music lovers and a breeding ground for creative adventure in the region The Hague and Leiden in the Netherlands. The festival is not only a podium for music, but also a laboratory, within which musicians research the artistic scope of their musical performance.

Classical Encounters 2019: Music Never Dies

Click here for an impression in pictures from the Classical Encounters 2019 edition

Music Never Dies….
Stories about death
are a common thread in the program of Classical Encounters 2019. As it has done since its foundation, the festival goes beyond the usual framework of the concert hall and the ‘classical music format’. The festival concerts take place in bars, concert halls, local cultural centers, museums, living rooms, embassies, castles and churches. And everywhere you can hear a story. Many composers seem to have a patent on it: a bizarre or sometimes even hilarious way to die. The historical stories and anecdotes are numerous and inspired artistic leader Eva Stegeman to this rich and compelling program. During Classical Encounters 2019, the audience travels along a series of stories about the deaths of famous and less famous composers, with their music and in appropriate locations. The people are no longer there, the music lives on: Music Never Dies! In the intimate setting of chamber music, we bring the stories close to our audience.