Great news at the end of my jubilee season

    The season 2017-2018 was my 25th season as a professional conductor. In one of my latest newsletters (click here) , I wrote about the start of my career with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. In my jubilee season, I conducted again Russian orchestras with fantastic programs: the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra, the BACH Chamber Orchestra from… Read more →

Wonderful start of my jubilee season (25 years of conducting) with Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

In this season, it will be exactly 25 years ago that my professional conducting career began. It was in December 1992 in Moscow with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program works by Feldman, Freisitzer, Janssen and Lindberg. For an impression of this memorial concert including a TV-interview, take a look at the short video below. Since then, I have… Read more →

Many world premieres and preparation for the “Sacre”

After my very successful Russian tour in May/June 2016, I conducted a lot of premieres and other new music in Germany. Last June there were 5 world premieres of compositions by  four young composers, varying from chamber orchestra to quintet, played in four different concerts. Their names: Areum Lee, Jinwook Jung, Seungwon Yang, Mehran Sherkat Naderi.     During summer, I conducted… Read more →

Report of my Russian Tour

Preparation My Russian tour was organised by Elena Kostyuchenko from Peter the Great Music Academy (Saint Petersburg) in collaboration with Valeria Gorokhovskaya from Holland-Russia (The Hague). They arranged everything concerning flights, hotels, programs and finances. I was very happy about that, because I could concentrate on studying my scores (as I posted on Facebook: more than 4 kilos!). A few days… Read more →

Conducting Bruch violin concerto with my son Maxime as soloist with the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra

Since a few days, Carla Leurs – who would play with me the violin concerto by Stravinsky in Samara – fell ill. After many mails, telephone calls and visits to the Russian Consulate in The Hague, we managed to replace her by my son Maxime. He will play the violin concerto by Bruch and – as Carla would have done… Read more →