Netherlands Chamber Choir, Utrecht, director
29/10 A Choir Grounded in Society
“I believe it is possible to combine the highest standard of performance with innovation, and I believe it’s essential to emphasise the urgency of art. Art needs to be perceived as the self-reflection of society.”
Composer, guitar player
5/11 Musical Macro Photography
Jury Gaudeamus Prize: "Aart Strootman is a complete original, whose sonic invention is an inspiration and who approaches composition with a remarkable freshness, reinventing the sound of each instrument within an ensemble down to the finest detail."
Singer, composer and theater maker
12/11 Third Space Identity
"Rock on, be different, draw a circle where society draws a square, be brave and be a nice human being.”
De Doelen, Rotterdam
19/11 Baricco's Barbarians and Beyond
Specialised in curating, research on the relevance of Alessandro Barrico's Barbarians for contemporary curatorial strategies in music. How to relate to changing audience characteristics as a programmer of, mainly, the classical European tradition?
Director ArtEZ Academy of Music Enschede
3/12 BOT | Productiehuis Oost-Nederland
In his former job as director of Productiehuis Oost-Nederland he stood at the cradle of pop productions such as Kyteman’s Hip Hop Orchestra, NO blues, NNENN, Knarsetand and the music theater group BOT.
Opera Days Rotterdam
10/12 Curatorship in the Field of Music Theatre
"As long as we continue to make a difference between ignorant public and privileged experts, we deny the viewer the right to his/her own artistic abilities. Art finds its ultimate home not in the notebooks of the creators, but in the hearts and minds of the spectator."
8/1 Equal Dialogue
“If we want to understand how people live in multiple cultures at the same time and how that affects their identity or their being, then we must have art forms that can reflect on that. We need hope, strength, hands in our backs. With beauty you can give people hope."