Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich Golden Age:

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich Symphony 9 part 4/5:

Codarts Symphony Orchestra- Liberation Concert:

North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra - Armin van Buuren:

ASKO Ensemble - Goebbels Torstensson:


Performing Torstenssen's music with the Asko ensemble in Krakow last September at the highly regarded Sacrum Profanum Festival of conmtemporary music was again an inspiring experience.   

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Their view: "The show part of the percussion in this piece was performed by Peppie Wiersma, an artist cooperating with musicians of the class of Riccardo Chailly, Philippe Herreweghe and Frans Brüggen. The unbelievably difficult piece was played by the Dutch musicians amazingly conducted by the young and superb conductor Hans Leenders – a scholarship holder of Bernard Haitink, former assistant of Walery Giegiew at Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The artists were awarded with a long ovation, and the composer was called out with applause multiple times."



My recent stint in the USA with the brass section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was a delightful experience. Succcesful and very interesting. And the collaboration with the brass section of the New York Philharmonic was a bonus! Their brass players are of course all top rank, but there are big differences in their musical expresssion. Thus I was keen to hear the result of both playing together. The outcome was FABULOUS!

The different characteristics of both orchestras - like the roundness of the Concertgebouw sound and the clean sound of the New York Philharmonic, but also their different ways of attack - fully melted together in our Riverside Church concert. The best of both came out and created a very new "sound culture". It was a fantastic experience to conduct the various concerts of the KCO bBrass (including a brief performance at the Carnegie Hall!) and the joint KCO/NYPh brass concerts, and to experience the welcoming musica culture of the USA!

You can also have a look at the following samples.