BartolomeyBittmann (Austria), Nesrine (Algeria/Spain) and Svante Henryson (Sweden) were stars at the first-ever CELLOFEST at BIMHUIS. They’ll be returning this time around backed by a world-renowned orchestra. Bill Laurance (composer and Snarky Puppy’s keyboard player) has written a new cello concerto for the Metropole Orkest’s cellists, Annie Tångberg and Emile Visser, themselves familiar faces at the Cello Biennale in years gone by.
The Cello Biennale was the first to bring the then-unknown progressive duo BartolomeyBittman to the Netherlands in 2015. Since then, they’ve been shooting toward stardom. BartolomeyBittmann is now a public favourite in the Netherlands and fast becoming world-famous.
The French-Algerian singer and cellist Nesrine’s songs and ballads are an intoxicating blend of Arabic and Mediterranean cultures. Cellist and composer Svante Henryson works alongside the big names in the classical world, including Anne Sofie von Otter and Martin Fröst, but is no stranger among Sweden’s best-known jazz musicians.
We’re particularly excited about Bill Laurance’s new cello concerto for two cellos and orchestra. Annie Tångberg toured with Snarky Puppy, which is how Bill knows exactly what she’s capable of! Emile Visser was Zapp4’s cellist for many years and is one of the Dutch cello world’s best-kept secrets.
The opening concert sold out soon after the start of ticket sales. But no need to miss these Cello Giants, because they are also coming to The Hague and Utrecht: