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Festival: Romberg Dagen

  • Conservatorium van Amsterdam 151 Oosterdokskade Amsterdam, NH, 1011 DL Netherlands (map)

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Romberg Dagen is a weekend of musical activities to celebrate cellist Bernhard Romberg's work and life and to discuss 19th-century performance practice.

The festival includes a masterclass, three lectures, and three chamber music concerts.

Directors: Maximiliano Segura Sanchez, Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde

Musicians: Artem Belogurov (Fortepiano), Maximiliano Segura Sanchez, Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde (Cellos) and Ensemble Schönbrunn: Marten Root (Flute), Johannes Leertouwer (Violin), Anneke van Haaften (Violin & Viola), Sara de Vries (Viola), Viola de Hoog (Cello)

Lecturers: Kate Bennett Wadsworth, Job ter Haar (with Olga Pashchenko, fortepiano), Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde

Masterclass with Jesper Christensen, featuring students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Utrecht Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and the Scola Cantorum.

The Romberg Dagen directors would like to thank the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for hosting the events in their main hall, the Bernard Haitinkzaal.

About Bernhard Romberg:

Called ‘the hero of all violoncellists, the king of all virtuosos’ by the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, Romberg was a charismatic performer, and always played solos from memory. His own cello compositions combined techniques pioneered by earlier Mannheim cellists with those from the French violin school of Viotti. His thumb position fingerings fully exploited the stationary ‘block’ hand positions familiar to Anton Fils and J.B. Tricklir. By using all four fingers across all four strings, Romberg brought speed, range, dexterity and accessibility to the upper registers of the lower strings, and in his use of natural and artificial harmonics he anticipated Paganini's developments on the violin. He also explored bowing techniques suitable to the Tourte bow, and expanded the use of legato slurring and contrasting dynamics and timbres.