Premiere of new violin concerto

A new violin concerto, dedicated to Merel, has been written by composer Mathilde Wantenaar over the last year. The concerto had its successful premiere on the 20th of May in Alkmaar with the Alkmaars Symfonie Orkest. Special about this work is that it has been written especially for violin and amateur orchestra, unique in music history! Dutch newspapers De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, and Alkmaarse Courant all wrote about it. Want to know more? A video of the premiere will be posted soon.

The composition has been funded by the VSBfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Hofstee stichting.

 

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Merel Vercammen and Mathilde Wantenaar, by Marcel Wogram

Dutch Newspaper De Volkskrant wrote about the initiative in a big interview with Merel and the composer:

“Merel Vercammen (28) speelt betoverend viool, improviseert in klassiek en jazz, heeft een master op zak in ‘music cognition’ en stroomt over van ideeën. Met haar voorstelling over muziek en het brein, Het Nieuwe Mozart Effect, koppelt ze intelligentie aan muziek. En nu heeft ze een gat in het vioolrepertoire ontdekt. Zaterdag gaat in Alkmaar een compositie in première die ze speciaal liet schrijven voor amateurorkest en een professionele vioolsolist. Die combinatie was er nog niet.”

Merel Vercammen De Volkskrant
Interview in De Volkskrant (18/05)

NRC Handelsblad also wrote about the new violin concerto, and Merel performed live on Radio4 (Opium) to promote the concert. Listen back here.

Additionally, an interview with Merel and Mathilde appeared in Alkmaarse Courant:

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Interview in Alkmaarse Courant (18/05)
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