Dutch Clarinet Festival 2016

From April 7 until April 10 2016, a brand new festival completely dedicated to the clarinet will take place in Amsterdam. Top-class artists from the fields of classical, jazz, pop and world music will come together in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and the Bimhuis, where they will be joined by students, amateur players and audiences alike. The result: a unique melting pot of clarinet enthusiasts from all corners of the world, where everyone who is interested in what the clarinet has to offer is welcome.

Although the website of the Dutch Clarinet Festival is mainly in Dutch, we also warmly invite international guests to join us! An overview of the highlights of the Festival can be found below.


Thursday April 7: Opening Concert with the Dutch Wind Ensemble.
The versatile Netherlands Wind Ensemble will open this very first edition of the Clarinet Festival. They will share the stage with some of the top-rate soloists who will make an appearance later on in the festival, such as Joris Roelofs and David Kweksilber. There is no better team to set the tone for a festival that takes you on a musical journey throughout history and all around the world! You can order your tickets for the opening concert here.

If your musical needs have not been satisfied yet after the concert, there is no need to worry. Afterwards, the start of the festival will be celebrated by an after-party in the Entreehal of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. During this special ‘after-concert’, you can have a drink and a bite to eat and listen to the Netherlands Wind Ensemble taking it to the next level together with several of the amazing clarinet players who are part of the festival. Entry to the after-party is free, so there is no need miss out on this fantastic event!

20.15: Opening Concert by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble & Guest Soloists
Location: Main Hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ


21.45: After-party
Location: Entreehal, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ



Friday April 8: Masterclasses at the Conservatory of Amsterdam
Sign up for a full day of classes at the Conservatory of Amsterdam! The morning will start with a communal warm-up, after which there will be a revolving schedule of short workshops. In 15 different classrooms, participants will receive lessons in varying aspects of clarinet playing. At the end of the morning, Dutch top clarinet player Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer will play a lunch concert at the Sweelinck Hall of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

In the afternoon, there will be master classes taught by Ralph Manno (professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln), Vicente Alberola (a.o. Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Mahler Chamber Orchestra) and Olivier Patey (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra). All of them have years of experience playing both as soloists and playing in world-class orchestras, and are thrilled to share their knowledge with eager students. The day will end with a concert on historical instruments by clarinet builders Schwenk & Seggelke from Bamberg.

Do you study the clarinet at a music conservatory, and are you interested in participating in the morning workshops and/or the master classes? Please sign up here.  All master classes can be attended as a listener free of charge.



(all locations mentioned below are in the Conservatory of Amsterdam)

9.00-10.00:    Warm-up and communal opening by Bart Claessens (trombone player of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Location:      Bernard Haitink Hall

10.00-12.00:   workshops

12.30-13.00:   lunch concert by Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer
Location:      Sweelinck Hall

13.00-14.00: lunch break

14.00-17.00:   master classes
– Ralph Manno: Sweelinck Hall
– Vicente Alberola: Theatre Hall
– Olivier Patey: Bernard Haitink Hall

17.00-18.00:   Concert with historical instruments by clarinet builders Schwenk & Seggelke, Bamberg
Location: Theatre Hall


Saturday April 9: Tango Factory
‘Tango Factory’ is the name of the group consisting of clarinet player Chen Halevi, bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman, pianist Matan Porat and double bass player Winfried Holzenkamp. Together they will take you to South America, home of the Argentinian tango. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this irresistible sensual program in the intimate atmosphere of the Bimhuis. Please order your tickets here.

15.00:     Tango Factory
location:         Bimhuis


Sunday April 10: Linsey Pollak’s Live and Loopy
On Sunday April 10, the family show ‘Live and Loopy’ will take place at the Bimhuis. Australian YouTube sensation Linsey Pollak is famous for transforming everyday objects into musical instruments. Have you ever seen anyone play a garden hose, vacuum cleaner, baseball bat or bicycle? Come to the Bimhuis at 13:00 and learn that there is music in literally everything! Tickets for the show can be bought here.

Build Your Own Carrot Clarinet: Guinness World Record Attempt
Do you want to be part of an official Guinness World Record? Before the family show ‘Live and Loopy’ begins, everyone is invited to come to the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and take a carrot, peeler and pencil and build their own carrot clarinet. Guided by Linsey Pollak himself, an attempt will be made to set an official Guinness World Record of carrot clarinet playing by forming the largest carrot clarinet orchestra in the world. Participating in the World Record Attempt is free of charge, and you can also join in without any prior experience with clarinet playing. We need as many people as we can get, so come help us out!

You can sign up here.

Note: Guinness World Records require that every participant is registered individually, so both parents/guardians and children need to apply separately.


Guinness World Record Attempt carrot clarinet playing guided by Linsey Pollak
Location: Foyerdek 1 & 2, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ


Family show ‘Live and Loopy’ by Linsey Pollak
Location: Bimhuis



Sunday April 10: Royal Clarinets
Normally the clarinet section of the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra can only be admired from afar, but on Sunday April 10 it’s your chance to get up close and personal! In a varied program, Olivier Patey, Calogero Palermo, Hein Wiedijk, Arno Piters and Davide Lattuada will play works by composers who maintained close friendships with famous clarinet players of their time. You will hear works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Guillermo Lago and world premieres by Dutch composer Tom Schipper. After the concert, there will be a meet & greet with the players in the entreehal of the Muziekgebouw. Ask all your burning questions, have a copy of their cd signed or even take a picture with them!


15.00: Concert ‘Royal Clarinets’
Location: Main Hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

17.00: Meet & Greet with the clarinet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Location: Entreehal, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ


Order your tickets now!

We hope that by now, you’re as excited as we are! Tickets can be purchased separately for every concert or event of the Dutch Clarinet Festival through the website of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ . Order your ticket on time and be assured of great seat at one of the many terrific concerts of the Dutch Clarinet Festival.