Residentie Orkest The Hague
The Residentie Orkest, one of the leading Dutch ensembles is demonstrating more than ever that symphonic music can still be meaningful to large and diverse audiences in the 21st century. At the new Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen, the orchestra’s home venue (before moving to its new home in the centre of The Hague in 2020), audiences are treated prior to concerts to a lively RO-Starter pre-programme of live music and interviews. Special productions are also provided at The Hague’s Paard van Troje throughout the season, making the orchestra appealing to both students and young professionals as well.
In addition, the Residentie Orkest performs regularly at various major concert halls at home and abroad as in New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in countries such as Japan, China, Germany, France and South America.
The ensemble also works with a wide range of partners such as the Dutch National Theater, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Dutch National Opera. The orchestra's most recent operatic projects include internationally acclaimed productions by Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Asisse and Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.
Since its first concert in 1904, the Residentie Orkest has become one of the most prominent symphony orchestras in the Netherlands. Founded by Dr. Henri Viotta, who was also its first music director, the orchestra quickly attracted composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Vincent d'Indy. Illustrious guest directors were Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Hans Knappertsbusch.
After the Second World War, Willem van Otterloo was appointed as Chief Conductor. He directed the orchestra from 1949 to 1973 and further expanded its international reputation. This was followed by Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi.
Since the season 2016/17 Nicholas Collon is Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest. The orchestra works with Jan Willem de Friend as a permanent conductor. Richard Egarr is also First Guest Conductor of the orchestra.
The orchestra has developed an extensive discography with labels such as BIS, Chandos, Challenge, Deutsche Grammophon among others.
The orchestra also engages in talent development through intensive collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire, which also includes the Orchestra Master program and joint projects with the composition department. In addition, the Residentie Orkest is involved with the Dutch National Opera Academy and the National Master Program in orchestral conducting. In addition, the orchestra is very active in the area of music education.
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Nicholas Collon Conductor
The young British conductor Nicholas Collon is “a born communicator as well as an innovative programmer, and high-calibre interpreter of a wide range of repertoire” – London Evening Standard. He is Founder and Principal Conductor of the ground-breaking Aurora Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Guerzenich Orchester in Cologne.
His elegant conducting style, searching musical intellect and inspirational music-making have prompted guest invitations from orchestras such as the DSO Berlin, Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Siecles, and many of the leading British orchestras including the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic.
In 2017/18 Nicholas conducts subscription weeks for the first time with the Bamberg Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony and Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, and returns to the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and CBSO. He conducts the Guerzenich Orchester in his first concerts as Principal Guest at the Cologne Philharmonie and in the pit at Oper Koeln (Don Giovanni). His plans with the Residentie Orkest this season include concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at Rotterdam De Doelen, a televised concert from The Hague, and a tour of Germany. In December 2017 he made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, jumping in at short notice to conduct them at the Philharmonie de Paris.
Under Nicholas’s artistic direction, Aurora Orchestra have forged an enviable reputation in the UK and increasingly abroad. As Resident Orchestra at Kings Place they are midway through a five-year cycle of the complete Mozart Piano Concertos, and as Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre they are reinventing the concert format with their ‘Orchestral Theatre’ Series. They have appeared at the BBC Proms every year since 2010, often performing entire symphonies from memory. They increasingly tour internationally, giving concerts in summer 2017 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Robeco festival), Berlioz Festival Cote St Andre and Ascona Festival, with main season appearances at the Cologne Philharmonie and in the new hall on Ile Seguin in Paris.
Nicholas has recorded two critically acclaimed recordings with Aurora for Warner Classics: Road Trip featuring music by Ives, Copland, Adams and Nico Muhly (winning the prestigious 2015 Echo Klassik Award for ‘Klassik Ohne Grenzen’) and Insomnia with music by Britten, Brett Dean, Ligeti, Gurney and Lennon & McCartney. He has also recorded Haydn and Ligeti with the Danish Radio Symphony, Britten and Delius with the Philharmonia, and several discs of contemporary repertoire with the Hallé Orchestra.
He has conducted over 200 new works, including the UK or world premieres of works by Unsuk Chin, Phillip Glass, Colin Matthews, Nico Muhly, Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof Penderecki and Judith Weir.
Opera productions have included The Magic Flute at English National Opera, Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream at Welsh National Opera, and Rape of Lucretiafor Glyndebourne Touring Opera, as well as Turn of the Screw at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Aurora Orchestra.
Born in London, Nicholas is a violist, pianist and organist by training, and studied as Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge.
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Isabelle van Keulen violin
"Her taut musical intelligence and vivid sound combined with a fine instinct for the tender, searching quality of this music … absolutely magical.” (The Guardian)
Since her breakthrough in 1984 winning the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year, a competition that was broadcast all over Europe and watched live on television by millions, Isabelle van Keulen can now look back on many years of musical diversity. Not only is it always vital for her to approach the musical score with honesty and with an extremely consious approach to interpretation, she also strives to communicate with her audiences and musical partners, allowing her to perform in an inspirational, lively and enthusiastic manner.
Her versatility lies in the fact that she not only plays the violin, but as well viola with the same energy, performing chamber music in any thinkable combination and directing chamber orchestra performances. Whether in the over 20 year intense collaboration with the Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam, concerts with mezzo Christianne Stotijn, performing/directing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, combining violin and viola in one appearance, founding a chamber music festival – from 1997 until 2006 Isabelle van Keulen was Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival – giving masterclasses or being a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic or NHK Tokyo. Above all, being faithful to the music is her highest priority.
She has over the course of her career engaged works written by contemporary composers. She had many concertos written especially for her (Theo Loevendie, Erkki-Sven Tüür) and has many other 20th and 21st century works in her repertoire: Concertos by Henri Dutilleux, John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Oliver Knussen and Brett Dean. She also likes to perform less known works by Colin Matthews and Concertos by Krenek, Pettersson and Busoni.
Isabelle van Keulen has made many recordings in the past decades, the most recent ones are Berg Violin Concerto (Chandos), a CD of violin-piano sonatas by Strauss, Nino Rota and Respighi (Channel Classics), Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Sharon Kam (Berlin Classics) , Bach’s Goldberg Variations with the Leopold String Trio (Hyperion) and Prokofiev Complete Works for violin and piano with Ronald Brautigam (Challenge, December 2012). In May 2013 a high profile CD with music by Astor Piazzolla was released on Challenge Records, Tango!, combined with DVD/Bluray and documentary, with the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble.
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