Amsterdam Sinfonietta

12.12.22 - 18.12.22

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The Amsterdam Sinfonietta will repeat its Christmas programme with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger from 2020 in December 2022.

Georg Philipp Telemann: Konzert für Trompete, Streicher und b.c. D-Dur

Ludwig van Beethoven: Streichquartett Nr. 15 a-Moll op. 132, "Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenden an die Gottheit; in der lydischen Tonart"

Johann Sebastian Bach: Kantate BWV 051 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen


Bernhard Krol: Magnificat Variationen für Piccolo-Trompete

Gerald Finzi: Dies Natalis - Kantate op. 8, The Salutation (Aria)

Georg Friedrich Händel: "Eternal source of light divine" aus der Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV 74

Bill Evans: A child is born (Arr. für Trompete und Streichorchester)

Max Reger: Mariae Wiegenlied (Arr. für Sopran und Streichorchester von Roland Pöntinen)

Gustaf Nordqvist: Jul, Jul, strålande Jul

Ruben Liljefors: "Det strålar en stjärna" ("Es leuchtet ein Stern" für Sopran und Orchester






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Alte Oper Frankfurt


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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta comprises 22 gifted chamber musicians, embodying ensemble-playing at the highest level. Led by its artistic director Candida Thompson, the orchestra tours the world with adventurous programmes and crossovers with other music genres and art forms. Characterised by drive and dedication, Amsterdam Sinfonietta is considered to be the top string orchestra in the Netherlands and enjoys international acclaim. It champions and renews its own genre, captivating audiences with its innovative and refreshing approach. From the start the orchestra has embraced the entire repertoire for string orchestra, ranging from classics to newly commissioned works and striking arrangements.  

Founded in 1988 with Lev Markiz as its first artistic director, Amsterdam Sinfonietta has gone on to enjoy international success under the direction of Candida Thompson since 2003, making successful tours of Europe, Australia, China and North and South America. It has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, including London’s Barbican Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and Berlin’s Konzerthaus. 

Amsterdam Sinfonietta undertakes intensive collaborations with national and international soloists. Top musicians such as Janine Jansen, Sol Gabetta, Thomas Hampson, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Rufus Wainwright and Wende all share our desire to explore and expand the creative process and take an innovative approach.

Besides live performances, we regularly record CDs and music films in the studio. With our regular recording label Channel Classics we have issued 14 CDs since 2004, including The Mahler Album, The Argentinian Album and, most recently, Lento Religioso, a compilation of short arrangements for string orchestra. The orchestra has also made recordings for ECM, Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon. Our first classical music film Strings was premièred in March 2020, followed by the films Misirlou (traditional), Atashgah (Jacobsen) and Tango (Piazzolla).

Amsterdam Sinfonietta stands out for its adventurous programming. Besides championing the core string repertoire, the orchestra devises original and captivating combinations of music works, connecting old and new music and familiar and unknown repertoire. It also commissions new compositions and arrangements. Amsterdam Sinfonietta initiates surprising collaborations and creates groundbreaking programmes involving other art forms, such as film, dance and theatre.

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Håkan Hardenberger, Trumpet

Håkan Hardenberger © Marco Borggreve

During his extraordinary 40-year career as the world’s most prominent trumpet soloist, Håkan Hardenberger has not only pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with the instrument; he has also inspired countless composers and fellow musicians to expand their horizons and explore unknown musical territories with him. His quest for excellence and innovation continues to this day, and he champions the finest works written for the trumpet by performing them with stunning virtuosity and sheer dedication to music.  

Hardenberger performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concertgebouworkest, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Susanne Mälkki,  Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Sir Simon Rattle, François-Xavier Roth, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.

Many works written for Håkan Hardenberger stand as cornerstones of what has become a vast repertoire thanks to his tireless commitment. These have included pieces by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Helen Grime, HK Gruber, Hans Werner Henze, Betsy Jolas, György Ligeti, Olga Neuwirth, Tōru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and Jörg Widmann.

Notable engagements of the 2022/23 season include returning to Oslo Philharmonic with Dima Slobodeniouk, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Daniel Harding and National Arts Centre Orchestra with John Storgårds. He returns to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with WDR Sinfonieorchester performing Widmann’s Trumpet Concerto, and tours Germany with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Conducting and play-directing now forms an integral part of Hardenberger’s musical activities, and he returns to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for a play-direct programme. Further he appears at Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’s Broström Festival and Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival and continues his collaboration with the Grafenegg Festival Academy where he performs, teaches, and mentors young musicians.

2021/22 was Håkan Hardenberger’s 60th birthday season which featured two extraordinary trumpet concertos: Jörg Widmann’s Towards Paradise, co-commissioned by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Helen Grime’s night-sky-blue, co-commissoned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, Library of Congress, London Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He appeared as ‘Artist Portrait’ with the London Symphony Orchestra, performing Betsy Jolas’ Histoire Vraies with Sir Simon Rattle in London and Paris, and giving country premieres of the Grime concerto in Germany and Denmark.

Hardenberger performs regularly in duo with pianist Roland Pöntinen and percussionist Colin Currie. With the latter Hardenberger released a recording of duo works by Brett Dean, André Jolivet and others. The latest addition to his prolific discography on BIS features French trumpet concertos by Jolivet, Schmitt and Tomasi, as well as Jolas’ Onze Lieder. He has also recorded for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and EMI.

From 2016 to 2018 Hardenberger was the Artistic Director of the Malmö Chamber Music Festival. Born in Malmö, Sweden, he began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malmö and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Pierre Thibaud and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmö Conservatoire.

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Tomo Keller, Violin

Tomo Keller © Thomas Carlgren

Tomo Keller was born in Stuttgart in 1974, to German-Japanese musicians, and started playing the violin at the age of six. At ten years old he gave his first performances with orchestra. He studied at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts and New York’s Juilliard School of Music.

Numerous top prizes and awards followed, at the Fritz Kreisler Competition, the Johannes Brahms Competition, and the German Music Competition Berlin where he was awarded the Grand Prize. He was also one of few instrumentalists to receive the Aalto Stage Prize for young musicians.

He has since performed at major concert halls all around the world, most recently at the new Philharmonic Halls of Hamburg and Paris and has been invited both as soloist and chamber musician to music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele and Festival de Musica Manuel de Falla. He has also been a frequent guest on radio and television broadcasts on ARD, BBC, NHK and ORF.

As a soloist Tomo has performed with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, St Petersburg Camerata, London Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Concert tours have led him all across Europe, as well as Russia, Asia, America and the Middle East.

Tomo Keller is a much sought-after orchestral leader, having led the London Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Leader from 2009-2015. From 2014-2019 he was first concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with more than 20 orchestras as guest leader all over Europe, the US and Asia. Tomo was appointed Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in December 2015.

Tomo’s recordings include solo works by Bach, Bartók and Ysaÿe, orchestral recordings including Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète with Sir John Eliot Gardiner/LSO, and Avant Gershwin with Patti Austin and the WDR Big Band, which was awarded a Grammy in 2008.

He has given violin, chamber music and orchestral masterclasses at all major London Music Colleges as well as at Yale University and numerous other schools in the US and the Far East.

Tomo Keller plays a violin by Guadagnini, Turin 1778, kindly made available to him by the Swedish Järnåker Foundation.


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