Saskia Törnqvist introduces the “Antwerp Symphony Orchestra” concert in the Grote Zaal.
Saskia Törnqvist is a musicologist and publicist. She has been teaching Music History at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2015, and is actively writing and introducing concerts, especially by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Between 1995 and 2015, she was a publicist for Het Parool, and worked as chief editor for various music festivals (Concertgebouw, Cello Biennale Amsterdam, International Choral Biennale). She has also done radio reports for VPRO. Saskia Törnqvist is a frequent guest at Diskotabel on Radio 4.
The notable Belgian composer Wim Henderickx has created a new concerto for Jean-Guihen Queyras, a beloved returning master cellist at the Biennale. For the performance of Australian composer Brett Dean’s new cello concerto, Amsterdam is up now as co-commissioner of the piece, after Sydney and Berlin.
In 2017, Brett Dean made a huge impression with a new string quintet, with Alban Gerhardt as cellist. This year, Gerhard will be the soloist in his new cello concerto. Dean’s fellow citizen, composer and cellist Kate Moore, winner of the Matthijs Vermeulen Award 2017, wrote a stunning piece ‘Ocean Shells’ for Bang on a Can cellist Ashley Bathgate. Mathilde Wantenaar from Amsterdam is a representative for the youngest generation of composers. She studied with Wim Henderickx and is truly a jack of all trades. On top of being a composer, she studies singing, piano, and cello.