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Tuesday, November 20 • 17:15 - 18:15
IVC2018 Opening Celebration

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In theatre hall:

Speech by Neil Wallace, programme director, De Doelen

Leo Samama: Viola Pomposa, for 6 violas (première)
Introduction by the Composer
Performance: A co-production of of the  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Francien Schatborn, Frank Brakkee, Francis Saunders, Veronika Lenartova, León van den Berg, Lotte de Vries, Viola

Benjamin Dale - Introduction and Andante opus 5
Rotterdam Philharmonic Viola Ensemble
Leon van den Berg, Maartje van Rheeden, Francis Saunders, Kerstin Bonk, Jan Navarro and Veronika Lenartova

Presentation ThatViolaKid

In foyer:
Violin makers speech
Viola pitch

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Jan van der Elst

The importance of the middle voice as an integrating force in music is commonly recognised. It is a crucial but yet often introverted voice. The impact of the viola is often noticed most when, for whatever reason, its voice temporarily falls silent. The ensemble suddenly sounds weak... Read More →
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Drew Alexander "ThatViolaKid" Forde

Vlogger, YouTuber
A fiery, passionate performer who leaves everything on the stage, Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. Hailing from The Juilliard School, Drew regularly performs throughout the United States. Described by NPR as “outgoing, nerdy, and unabashedly enthusiastic about classical... Read More →
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Leo Samama

Composer-in-Residence IVC2018
Leo Samama (1951) studied musicology at the University of Utrecht, and composition with Rudolf Escher. He is a much sought-after writer and speaker with a broad field of interests. His relation to the viola is rather a special one: His brother Emile Cantor is a professional violist... Read More →
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Kristofer Skaug

Host, IVC2018
Born in Oslo (Norway), Kristofer Skaug works at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk as a Software Engineer and  project manager. In this capacity he has extensive experience in the management of international projects. In 2012 he became a co-founding board member of the Dutch Viola Society (DVS), and plays the viola in various amateur orchestras and... Read More →

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Francien Schatborn

Conservatorium van Amsterdam
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Frank Brakkee

Radio Filhamonisch Orkest (The Netherlands)
Frank Brakkee is a versatile violist, playing in a wide variety of ensembles. For more than 25 years he combines a principal chair in The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with the renowned Nieuw Ensemble, playing contemporary music around the globe. Furthermore, he can be found in (among others) ensemble/orchestra Ludwig, and the Tim Kliphuis Sextet, playing jazz, classical, folk and gypsy cross-overs. Lots of chamber music groups are happy to work with him. As a soloist Frank played m... Read More →
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Rotterdam Philharmonic Viola Ensemble

VIolists from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra- Roman Spitzer- Veronika Lenartova- Anne Huser- Darija Kozlitina

Tuesday November 20, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 CET
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands