Toonzetters 2012 presents the best new compositions at the Holland Festival

21 March 2012

Toonzetters, the leading event for Dutch contemporary composed music, celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday 23 June 2012 at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ as part of the Holland Festival. Two concerts will feature the best new compositions from the previous season. During the evening concert the € 10.000 Buma Toonzetters Prijs will be awarded to one of the nominated composers. This evening also features the award ceremony for the Sena Performers Toonzetters Prijs for the performers with last year’s best programme.

Works by Dutch composers or composers based in the Netherlands which were premiered in the 2010/11 season have been nominated for the Buma Toonzetters Prijs 2012. Composers, musicians, journalists and members of the audience alike could nominate works for the award. The present edition includes a remarkable number of works by young or relatively unknown composers among the nominees. A professional jury of international festival promoters selected the ten best compositions from over 100 entries in January. The matinee concert on Saturday 23 June will feature five of these compositions, and the evening concert three.

Programme matinee concert (order t.b.a.):
Silvia Borzelli – Own Pace (Amnesia 3) | Guus Janssen – Vrije Tijd | Noriko Koide – Tamamushi Nostalgia | Arnold Marinissen – Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen | Yu Oda – The Scheme of the Sea Organ
Performed by ASKO Schönberg conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, VocaalLAB, Amsterdam Collage Ensemble, Rob van Dord – flute / bass flute, Dario Calderone – double bass and other soloists

Programme evening concert (including the Toonzetters award ceremony)
Richard Ayres – no.46 | Matijs de Roo – Im grossen schweigen | Andys Skordis – “The deeper you go…the deeper you go…the deeper you go…deeper you go…you go…you?”
Performed by: Residentie Orchestra conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, Erik Bosgraaf – recorder, Simone Lamsma – violin, VocaalLAB

Both concerts will be broadcast live by the NTR on Radio 4.

The Sena Performers Toonzetters Prijs is awarded to those performers who presented last year’s best programme, according to a jury of Dutch programmers. With the award comes a sum of € 10,000.

Ticket sales and information
Toonzetters will take place on Saturday 23 June 2012 at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, as part of the Holland Festival. The matinee concert starts at 15.00 hrs., the evening concert at 20.15 hrs.
Tickets (including a drink in the interval) are available through
Matinee concert € 10 | evening concert € 15 | both concerts € 20| students € 10 per concert

Toonzetters is organized by Buma Cultuur and Muziek Centrum Nederland, supported by Sena Performers, in collaboration with the Holland Festival. For further information: