Michel van der Aa


November 2012

'Up-close' to feature in two Van der Aa portrait concerts

Vakil Eelman

Michel van der Aa’s concerto for cello, string ensemble and film, Up-Close, will feature in two composer portrait concerts taking place in the Netherlands this month. These will be the first performances of this widely acclaimed work since its premiere tour of six of Europe’s leading concert halls in 2011.

The first of the two concerts will be on 8th November at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, while the second takes place three days later as part of the ‘s-Hertogenbosch November Music Festival.

Both concerts set Up-Close alongside three other works in which string predominate: Imprint for Baroque orchestra (2005), Memo, for solo violin and tape (2003), and Oog for solo cello and soudtrack (1995) – one of the most popular of all Van der Aa’s works.

The Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by its artistic director Candida Thompson, will perform alongside the soloists Jacobien Rozemond (violin), Örs Köszeghy (cello) and, for the first time, Kaori Yamagami as the solo cellist in Up-Close.


Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

upcoming performances

  • 13 August 2017
    Blank Out (Swiss premiere)
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Lucerne Festival
    4pm, KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 13 August 2017
    The Book of Disquiet (Swiss premiere)
    Walter Sigi Arnold, actor
    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni
    11am, Luzerner Theater, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 17 August 2017
    Up-close (Swiss premiere)
    Chamber Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy
    Jay Campbell, cello
    18.20 hrs, Luzerner Saal/KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland



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31:11 min.

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