Young Generation Lounge Concert: “The Fortepiano on World Tour”

11 oktober 2014 | 19.30 uur | Posthoornkerk,
Onderdeel van het Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival


The Fortepiano on World Tour

An interactive evening, where a new generation of music lovers can interact with the musicians and attend a recital with an unconventional, contemporary feel, by a rooster of upcoming young musicians & professionals.

The fortepiano is relevant for the classical era ànd for today, where fusion with musical cultures from all over the world create a new feel for this historic instrument. For young musicians and contemporary composers, the fortepiano is alive and kicking and fuses in a natural way into different musical traditions globally: from the Far East, via the Middle East and North-Africa to Europe and into Latin America.

Vietnamese music on strings by Ngo Hong Quang with pianist Monique Copper and Mexican sound art with laptop by Felipe Noriega, is followed by Dussek and Haydn by the world-famous fortepianist Richard Egarr and the young and flamboyant opera-star, mezzo-soprano Anna Traub, and mixed with jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs and Trio with improvisations on Baroque music and crossovers to Arabic and Persian inspired melody lines and rhythms.  A World Tour indeed!

– the program is ‘different’ from usual, disturbing, both classic and contemporary
– the public is more informally engaged than in the usual strict ‘Music Cathedral’ type ‘Concertgebouw approach’, a convention from the late 19th Century, where you have to be present in time, you are expected to sit upright and listen in silence, you only may move around during the intermission, the musicians come in and perform – nobody gives any explanation – and at the end, you applaud and then it is over. Not this time! Just like a jazz club, you can join in what ever time you like, feel comfortable and enjoy.


Prijs aan de kassa:

– regulier € 20,= p.p. (flat fee voor iedereen, tenzij hoger kortingstarief)

– studenten: € 8,= p.p.

Het concert is informeel: u kunt binnenkomen wanneer u wilt.
Tijdens de uitvoeringen van Richard Egarr is de concertzaal gesloten; u kunt dan in en uitlopen in de pauzes wanneer er gewisseld wordt.



IHanoi – Amsterdam – Mexico:

Ngo Hong Chang – Vietnamese string instruments and voice

Monique Copper – fortepiano

Felipe Ignacio Noriega – sound artist on lapto


Folksong Beautiful Bamboo -voice, piano and laptop

H’mong singing, Đàn Môi (Jews’ harp) and laptop

B A C H Impro: laptop and piano

Trio: Dan Tinh, laptop and piano

Ton Bruynèl : Toccare – piano and soundtrack


IIOn the Romantic Treshold: Dussek & Haydn – 1e deel

Richard Egarr – fortepiano

– Dussek Sonata op. 61: ‘Elégie harmonique’ in f sharp minor

– Haydn Sonata 52 in E flat Hob. XVI: 52


– III. Rembrandt Frerichs Trio: The Contemporary Fortepiano – 1e deel

Rembrandt Frerichs – fortepiano

Tony Overwater – bass

Vincent Planjer – percussion

Bach, klassieke muziek uit het Midden-Oosten en eigen composities


Tweegesprek tussen Richard Egarr en Rembrandt Frerichs

Moderator: Andrew Meyer


– II. On the Romantic Treshold: Dussek & Haydn – 2e deel

Richard Egarr – fortepiano en Anna Traub – mezzo-sopraan

– Dussek: 3 Songs

– Dussek: The Sufferings of the Queen of France

– Haydn: Arianna a Naxos


III. Rembrandt Frerichs Trio: The Contemporary Fortepiano – 2e deel

Rembrandt Frerichs – fortepiano

Tony Overwater – bass

Vincent Planjer – percussion

Bach, klassieke muziek uit het Midden-Oosten en eigen composities


Het concert wordt op video opgenomen.



Ngo Hong Quang – Vietnamese muziekinstrumenten

Over the years, Ngô Hồng Quang and his magical Đàn Nhị have attracted audiences not only in Vietnam but also in Thailand, Korea and the Netherlands. Born and brought up in a village in Hai Duong in the north of Vietnam, at the age of eleven Quang began to learn how to play the Nhị and soon fell in love with it. The instrument has become his companion until today. At the Hanoi Conservatory, he also studied and played Đàn Bầu, a unique Vietnamese instrument with only one string. In addition to the Nhị and Bầu, Quang is a very skillful player of Đàn Tính, Đàn Môi (Jews harp) and Đàn Tre (a modified version of K’ny). Quang is also a good singer, he is famous for a number of Dân ca (folksongs) and the song Tiếng Việt. Some of the songs that Quang composed such as Đêm cuối cùng của mùa Đông, (Ma Làng TV series drama), Tìm Hà Nội, Đàn Cò and Con Cóc Cóc Con are popular now.

At the moment, Quang follows his passion in teaching, composing and playing Vietnamese traditional music around the globe. During his trips, Quang did learn new music Composition with teachers and friends in Amsterdam Conservatory of music in The Netherlands.


Felipe Ignacio Noriega – geluidskunstenaar

Felipe Ignacio Noriega is een Mexicaanse geluidskunstenaar, die de laptop als muziekinstrument gebruikt voor directe geluidscomposities. Hij schreef zijn Masters thesis aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, getiteld ‘The Computer Musician’.


Monique Copper – piano

Monique Copper studeerde piano in Genève, Rotterdam en Utrecht. Zij heeft een reputatie opgebouwd in het uitvoeren van hedendaags klassieke, vaak speciaal voor haar gecomponeerde, muziek. Daarnaast legt zij zich toe op ‘klein muziektheater’: een concertvorm met op verhalen gebaseerde composities, waarbij zij naast het pianospelen het verhaal verteld en beelden vertoont. Haar laatste project is ‘Water’, waarin zij klassieke en in opdracht gecomponeerde muziek en poëzie over water heeft geprogrammeerd.
Met diverse musici vormt Monique een ensemble. Behalve met het Amsterdam – Hanoi trio, heeft zij een duo met Sinta Wullur, Indonesisch/Nederland componiste en zangeres. Tevens treedt zij op met acteur Rein Edzard, met componiste/hoboïste Maud Sauer en met fluitiste Janine Abbas.
Monique speelde haar solo-programma’s in diverse landen van Europa, in India, Vietnam, Singapore en in de USA.
Verder is Monique solo te horen op Youtube en drie CD’s:
Hedendaagse Nederlandse pianomuziek; ‘Babar’ van Poulenc plus Debussy’s ‘Doos met Speelgoed’ (la Boîte à Joujoux) en Moessorgski’s ‘Schilderijententoonstelling’ met daarbij voor haar geschreven gedichten van Willem Wilmink.,,


Richard Egarr – fortepianist, klavecinist, organist, dirigent

The English harpsichordist and conductor, Richard Egarr, was as a boy chorister at York Minster, a position that included complete musical training. He learned piano and organ, studying both at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from age 13. He earned his diploma in organ playing at 16 and became an organ scholar at Manchester Cathedral, then at Clare College Oxford (or Clare College Cambridge). The position of organ scholar – there are generally two at any one time – is part of the tradition of university chapel choirs in the major British universities. An organ scholar receives a full scholarship to the College and participates in daily services with the College chapel choir throughout the academic year.

Richard Egarr began playing harpsichord while at Oxford, and gained his bachelor of music degree in harpsichord in 1986. He pursued studies in that instrument with David Roblou at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and in private studies with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam, the later on a scholarship from the Dutch government. The study with Leonhardt further inspired his work in the field of historical performance.In 1988 he entered the International C.P.E. Bach Fortepiano-Clavichord-Harpsichord Competition in Hamburg, Germany, winning first prize.

Richard Egarr began appearing as a harpsichord soloist and in 1991 became the harpsichordist of London Baroque, one of the leading early music ensembles. He held that position until 1995, then became Director of the Academy of the Begijnhof, Amsterdam. During the 1990′s his career as a harpsichordist quickly developed, and he began to get attention as a conductor. He has appeared regularly in leading music festivals in Europe, the USA, and Japan. He has begun conducting The Hanover Band, appearing with it live on BBC Radio 3 from the 1999 Warwick Festival, and in an all-Bach program at the Dieppe Early Music Festival, also in 1999.

Richard Egarr is one of the most versatile musicians around. He has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from 15th-century organ intabulations to Dussek and Chopin on early pianos, to Alban Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as a conductor.

As a conductor, Richard Egarr has presented a wide range of repertoire, from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) to John Taverner’s Ikon of Light. He has worked with specialised ensembles and modern orchestras alike, such as the Tafelmusik Toronto, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra. Recent guest productions include Georg Friderich Händel’s Esther, Acis & Galatea, Alcina and L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, many performances of the Messiah, and dramatic G.F. Handel Opera arias with soprano Emma Bell and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Haydn’s The Creation, Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Bach’s B minor Mass (BWV 232) and Georg Philipp Telemann’s St Matthew Passion, and Leopold Stokowski arrangements with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He will be directing Bach’s Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in 2007 with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and, in a staged version, at Glyndebourne. He will also conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Flemish Radio Symphony Orchestra (in Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique).

Richard Egarr is director of the Amsterdam based Academy of the Begijnhof. In April 2006 he was appointed as Christopher Hogwood’s successor as Music Director of The Academy of Ancient Music, taking effect from the 2006-2007 season.

As soloist, Richard Egarr has performed extensively in the major music festivals throughout Europe and Japan; his 2006 solo tour in the USA with J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) received great critical acclaim. He has appeared many times as orchestral soloist with the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, with the Orchestra of the 18th Century as well as with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble.

In chamber music, Richard Egarr forms an ‘unequalled duo for violin and keyboard’ (Gramophone) with violinist Andrew Manze. They have toured Europe and North-America with music from the Stylus Phantasticus and late Baroque. They have recently turned to later repertoire with performances of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Hubert Parry.

Richard Egarr is also lector at the Amsterdam Conservatorium and in addition he is member of the Board of the Stichting Sweelinck Collectie.


Anna Traub – mezzosopraan

Anna Traub staat bekend om haar diepe en donkere mezzosopraan sound gecombineerd met razende coloraturen, en vaak geprezen voor de interpretaties van de karakters die ze portretteert.
Vorig seizoen (2013) zong ze de titelrol in Bizet’s “Carmen” (Regie Floris Visser, dirigent Daan Admiraal) en Kate Julian in Britten’s “Owen Wingrave” (met het Nieuw Ensemble onder leiding van Ed Spanjaard en de regie van Floris Visser). Voor haar interpretatie van Carmen werd ze verwelkomd met groot succes: “Anna Traub als Carmen is veel sierlijker dan alleen een fabrieksmeisje. Traub, die vaak verschijnt in Nederland speelt de rol met diepte en een intrigerende subtiliteit … “Operamagazine loofde haar Carmen als volgt:”. Een stem uit duizenden, nu klaar voor de grotere werken ”

Anna Traub ist im schweizerischen Basel geboren und aufgewachsen.Bereits mit Vier Jahren begann sie mit Klavierunterricht und schnupperte Theaterluft als Komparsin am Theater Basel, wo sie mit fünfzehn Jahren Mitglied des Extrachores wurde. In verschiedenen Jugendchören, wie ua der Mädchenkantorei Basel, machte sie erste Erfahrungen als Solistin, acht Jahre lang Schülerin an der Ballettschule des Theaters und in verschiedenen Kinder-und Jugendfilmen in der Schweiz zu sehen.

Nach ihrem Abitur, begann sie 2002 das Studium der Gesangspädagogik an der Musikhochschule Luzern bei prof. Barbara Locher, welches sie 2006 mit Auszeichnung abschloss und dazu den Förderpreis der Maria und Walter Strebi-Erni Stiftung für besonders vielversprechende Absolventen erhielt.

In den Niederlanden setzte sie ihr Gesangsstudium erst bei prof. Valerie Guillorit und später bei Prof Pierre Mak ben Conservatorium van Amsterdam fort und wird derzeit von Gemma Visser (NL) und Ira Siff (USA) gecoacht.
Anna Traub wird viel sowohl gepriesen für ihre einzigartigen Stimme, welche sich im tiefgehenden Klang Ihres dunklen Mezzo-Sopranes, kombiniert mit der Kraft von Rasender und leicht Koloraturen äußert, wie auch der Intensität und Hingabe, mit welcher sie ihre Rollen zu verkörpern weiss.
Nebst häufigen Auftritten als Konzertsängerin mit Lied, ORATORIEN und Kammermusik baut sie stetig een ihrer internationalen Opernkarriere. Sie sang ua noch vor Ende Ihres Studiums die Rolle des Cherubino in Mozarts ‘Le Nozze di Figaro “bei Conservatorium van Amsterdam und trat als Desto in “La Clemenza di Tito” im Lucent Theater Den Haag auf (Richard Egarr Dirigent, Floris Visser Regisseur ). Gleich nach ihrem Examen war sie als “Orlando” in der gleichnamigen Oper von G.F. Händel mit dem Combattimento Consort Amsterdam unter der Leitung von Jan Willem de Vriend und der Regie von Eva Buchmann zu sehen, worüber die Presse schrieb: “Willenlos schauern Sie mit, wenn Anna Traub in fortrasenden Koloraturen sublim Verzweiflung und Wahnvorstellungen des suizidalen Orlando besingt! ”
Darauf verkörperte Anna Traub die Rolle der “Marianna” in Rossinis “Il Signor Bruschino” unter der Leitung von Richard Egarr und der Regie von Floris Visser (Vorstellungen u.a. im Concertgebouw Amsterdam und im Konzerthaus Berlin) und wurde von Publikum und Presse als “Marchesa Clarice” in Rossinis “La Pietra del Paragone” gefeiert (dirigiert von Ivo Meinen und unter der Regie von Laurence Dale). Über letztere schrieb de Volkskrant: “… das gibt der Altistin Anna Traub allen Raum für ihre Glanzrolle. Sie trägt die Vorstellung mit ihrer wunderschönen, dunklen Stimme und subtiler Darstellung, Unsicherheit, Trauer, Freude und Treuherzigkeit sehen lässt, womit sie den Grafen am Ende für sich gewinnt. ”
In der letzten Spielzeit gab Anna Traub ihr Rollendebüt als Carmen: “Anna Traub ist Carmen. Eine Carmen, viel mehr als das anmutige Fabriksmädchen. Traub, schon Öfter in den Niederlanden zu sehen, spielt ihre Rolle mit Tiefgang und faszinierender Subtiliät die sich auch in der grossen, oft chaotischen Arena vollständig entfaltet. (…) Eine Stimme aus Tausenden, bereit für noch Größeres. “(Operamagazine)
Ebenso wurde ihre Interpretation der Kate Julian in Brittens “Owen Wingrave” (mit dem Nieuw Ensemble unter der Leitung von Ed Spanjaard und in der Regie von Floris Visser) gelobt, mit welcher sie bereits in zwei Spielzeiten und Wegen grossem Erfolges auch kommende Saison auf den grossen Bühnen der Niederlande zu sehen sein wird.
Seit 2013/2014 ist Anna Traub Ensemble-mitglied der Nationalen Reisopera, hat dort dieses Saison bereits Carmen gesungen und wird kommenden Jahre unter anderem als Dorabella in Mozarts “Cosi fan tutte” zu sehen sein – eine Rolle, die sie bereits im Frühjahr 2014 mit viel Spielfreude, Grazie und Hingabe im Polnischen Wroclaw (Breslau) gesungen hat.


Rembrandt Frerichs – jazz pianist and more

One of the highlights of the North Sea Jazz Festival” Jazzmagazine wrote about pianist and composer Rembrandt Frerichs…One couldn’t hope for a better recommendation.

Rembrandt (1977) is a pianist with a broad perspective. He is familiar with the American jazz tradition, but wants to avoid the well-trodden path. His curiosity and knowledge of the art music of different parts of the world urge his music to develop constantly. The way Rembrandt searches for a new musical idiom makes him an extraordinary musician, pushing the limits of boundaries made up by music industry, like classical music, improvised music and worldmusic.

At age 22 Rembrandt made his debut at the North Sea Jazz Festival. During that time he received the scholarship for excelling young musicians to study in the United States. Directly after graduating he was asked to start teaching at various conservatories.

In 2007 his debut album Self Portrait was nominated for the Dutch Grammy (Edison Award) His music brought him playing at legendary Jazzclub Birdland in New York and festivals and clubs in Europe and the Middle East.

The summer of 2013 marked the beginning of a new artistic journey: the Contemporary Forte Piano.
Rembrandt’s profound interest in finding out different ways of playing the piano are supported by his constant research. His interest in the oriental instruments santur and qanun brought him to the fortepiano, a typical European instrument played by Mozart and once exported to ancient Persia by Napoleon Bonaparte. In an opposite way, Rembrandt now brings back elements of Middle Eastern art music and Baroque music to his improvised sets.
The National Instruments Fund was enthusiastic about this new direction in clssical music and decided to assign Belgian instrument maker Chris Maene to build a new fortepiano especially for Rembrandt. Read more about that at:

The Dutch government selected the now 36-year-old artist as Music export Artist, presenting the top of Dutch arts around the world.

Currently Rembrandt’s work is focused on composing and performing new music, playing with his modern improvised jazz trio and initiating projects with musicians that inspire him.

In 2013 he got a carte blanche for the November Music Festival.
in 2014 he got a carte blanche for the Musikbiennale in Germany
In 2015 he will be artist-in-residence at the concerthalls of Leiden.
In 2015 concerthall the Doelen will be staging a one-day-festival about Rembrandt

Together with his musical friends bassist Tony Overwater, oboist Yoram Lachish and drummer Vinsent Planjer he’s on the road with their group Levantasy.


Vincent Planjer – drums 

Growing up in the Dutch town of Zwolle, I became interested in music in general and in drumming in particular at an early age, which resulted in joining the local marching band, Jubal, at age 8. A reasonably successful band, the group performed extensively in Holland and also did a number of tours in Germany and France. I also wrote some pieces for the band percussion book.
At the age of 14 I started taking lessons on the drum kit, which I continued throughout school and which led me to start my studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. During my six years at this school I had the opportunity to meet and study with some great drummers. My main teacher throughout this time was Eric Ineke and regular guest teachers included Joe laBarbera, Jeff Hamilton,
Jamey Haddad, Cindy Blackman and Will Kennedy. Being part of the Conservatory Big Band I had the honor to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival with Jim McNeely and Gerald Wilson.
Since graduation I’ve set out to become a household name in the Dutch jazz-scene, which has led me to perform at all the main jazz-venues and festivals in Holland, as well as a number of International tours to Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, France, Italy and Denmark.
I’ve also recently developed a career in Musical Theatre shows, taking part in a number of projects throughout Holland. One of the shows I most often perform in is a Theatre program for children, with an emphasis of the educational side.
Speaking of educational, I also have a flourishing Teaching Practice, Which is part of the extra-curricular program of the British School in the Netherlands, an international school near The Hague. About 30 students ages 11 to 18 have a weekly lesson there with me.
For this next season I have a lot of things on the program. Apart from the teaching and the Children’s theatre show, which are steady activities, I will continue to play in the main jazz-venues with my main jazz-group, the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, including new CD recording, I will play and take part in the organization of a concert series with the newly formed The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra, which will feature the absolute pinnacle of Dutch jazz players. Also I will be part of a new Musical theatre play by the famous “Orkater” group. And finally, on the program for March 2011 is the recording of the first CD recording under my own name.


Tony Overwater – bass

Tony Overwater is an award winning bass player whose sound and unique way of playing have established him as a key player in the European Jazz world. He is a remarkable solo performer and leader of his own projects but also a collaborative and attentive sideman.

Tony plays a wide variety of musical styles, and is particularly known for his pioneering work with Arab music with Rima Khcheich. His trio Jungle Boldie is a long lasting collaboration with reed player Maarten Ornstein and drummer Wim Kegel. As a sideman Tony is a member of the Kepera trio, Hermine Deurloo Quartet and Levantasy. As a composer Tony writes for a wide variety of musical settings. Besides composing for the bands he leads and works with, Tony writes for modern dance, documentaries, movies and children’s music.

In 1989, the same year Tony graduated from the Royal Conservatory, he received the Podium Prize for most promising Dutch Jazz Musician. This year also saw him invited to tour and record with Sunny and David Murray. Shortly after this, he joined the Yuri Honing Trio which, over the years, has established itself as one of Holland’s leading groups touring regularly to Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. His own band, The Tony Overwater Trio, received an Edison for Best Dutch Recording of 2001 for their CD ‘OP’ and his first children’s album, ‘Kikker Swingt!’, went Gold in 2008. His trio also work with Calefax Reed Quintet on the Ellington Suites. Tony is musical leader of the group of Rima Khcheich in Lebanon.

Throughout his career, Tony has worked with a variety of acclaimed musicians including Ack van Rooyen, Misha Mengelberg, Paolo Fresu, Sylvie Courvoisier, Gilbert Paeffgen, Dave Burrell (for a full listing please see Chronology). He continues to collaborate as both leader and sideman with many other musicians including Jess Abrams, Karin Hammar, Marc van Roon and Lotte van Dijck.