July 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – August 6, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
Various locations Delft

A new collaboration with the Gergiev Festival in a programme revolving around the playwright Paustovski

From 27 July until 6 August 2017, the 21st edition of the Delft Chamber Music Festival will be gracing the historic inner city of Delft. This edition’s theme is For Real? Artistic leader and violinist Liza Ferschtman has invited the absolute cream of the international crop of classical-music stars to spend eleven days searching with her for the truth. Of course it’s an impossible task, but still…

Are listener’s perceptions influenced by the story behind the music? Can music inspire people to take action? Some composers have even been exiled because of their music. Liza Ferschtman: “During our festival, I would like to challenge listeners to search the music for their own truths.” To do this, she will be using highpoints from chamber music, dance and literature.

New in 2017

The Delft Chamber Music Festival has acquired a unique position on the Dutch festival scene thanks to the high quality of its concerts and its summery, intimate setting. This year, the festival proudly presents a new collaboration with Rotterdam’s Gergiev Festival. Thom Hoffman will be reading works by Konstantin Paustovski in a multimedia performance called The Beginning of an Unknown Era. These recollections of the Russian revolution will be accompanied by filmed images from that period (1917 and earlier), as well as music by Sergei Prokofiev: his Visions Fugitives, performed by Liza Ferschtman (violin) and Ole Christian Haagenrud (piano). The dramaturgy is in the capable hands of Willem Bruls.

About the Delft Chamber Music Festival
More than 20 Concerts take place in 11 days in and around the historic inner city of Delft. The majority of events take place in the Van der Mandelezaal in the Museum Prinsenhof, but there are also activities in the municipality of Midden-Delfland as part of the Musical Chairs Concert.

Also returning this year are the Young Talent Day, the Market Concert and the Night at the Museum. During these events, well-known and well-loved repertoire is combined with less familiar, more adventurous programming, creating an element of surprise. Established musicians from all over the world will be appearing, including Mahan Esfahani, the Stockholm Syndrom Ensemble, Enrico Pace, Aleksander Madzar, István Vardai, Virpi Räisänen, Robert Holl, Sharon Kam, Collin Currie and the unique sound of the Graindelavoix vocal ensemble. You’ll also find the very best of Dutch talent with such performers as Tim Kliphuis, Erik Bosgraaf, Nora Fischer and Remy van Kesteren.