The 23rd edition of the Delft Chamber Music Festival is taking place in the historic city center of Delft this summer. The theme of this edition is Orpheus. Guest programmer and baritone Thomas Oliemans  invites the absolute world top of classical music to bring the Greek mythological figure Orpheus to life on the concert stage with him. The chamber music festival takes place in an informal setting at various locations in the old center of Delft and beyond. In 2019, Oliemans will take over the programming from artistic director Liza Ferschtman, who will focus on other activities this summer. Online ticket sales have started! 

How does one second, one look back, one chord or one seemingly timelessly floating note determine the further course of a human life or a piece of music? The mythical singer Orpheus was known for being able to stir trees, rocks and even the gods to tears with his singing. Thomas Oliemans will spend ten days this summer looking for the power that music has over us and our lives. How dangerous is it to look back (musically) like Orpheus did? Can music let us relive the past, bring loved ones back and stop time? Works by composers such as Janáček, Shostakovich, Dutilleux and Bannink, but also Brahms, Schumann and Ravel form the guideline for this exploration. The festival kicks off with the world premiere of Ex Tenebris Mundivan the Dutch composer and bass baritone Robert Holl.

At the invitation of Thomas Oliemans, musicians from all over the world come to Delft. From Flamenco group Mala Sangre to master pianists Severin von Eckardstein and Hannes Minnaar. From Charlotte Margiono and her ensemble Carole et Brullare to Judith van Wanroij and the very talented French string quartet Le Quatuor Elmire. Violinist Isabelle van Keulen, the very first artistic director of the festival, also returns to the Delft stages.