Kurtág Festival, Muziek als Vak Masterclass Weekend, and Colourstrings

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November 22nd 2018

The weekend of 16, 17 and 18 November was the scene of the Kurtág Festival organized by Muziek als Vak in a cooperation with the classical department.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday almost 50 participants took part in Colourstrings masterclasses by the founders of this famous string methodology: Géza and Csaba Szilvay. These Hungarian brothers were joined on Saturday and Sunday by their colleagues László Nemes and Árpád Tóth for the Muziek als Vak Masterclass weekend. Another 50 participants joined workshops in choir teaching, music education in secondary schools and musicianship.

On Friday evening, Reinbert de Leeuw (joined on stage by Isa Goldschmeding) shed light on the music of György Kurtág. Mr De Leeuw, a Royal Conservatoire teacher for more than 50 years, recently was awarded an Edison prize for his complete recordings of Kurtág’s ensemble and choir repertoire. The interview on this special Friday evening gave a unique insight into his collaboration with the composer and all it’s ups and downs. Afterwards, a group of students of the KC performed Kurtág’s ‘Brefs Messages’, together with members of Asko|Schönberg.

This piece was repeated on Saturday evening, together with more repertoire (amongst others for string trio, string quartet, and piano) by Kurtág and Ligeti.

Next editions of the Muziek als Vak Masterclass Weekends will be in April 2019 (13 & 14, focus on primary school music education), and November 2019 (15,16,17).

More info: www.muziekalsvak.nl