Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein & Isabelle van Keulen (violin)

German Chamber Academy Neuss
German Chamber Academy Neuss

Thursday 3. 12. 2020   20:00

Slovene Philharmonic, Ljubljana


Celebrating the German Presidency of the EU in association with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ljubljana.

Artistic direction: Isabelle van Keulen, violin  



    L. van Beethoven, A. Dvorak, G. Tartini, B. Bartok, A. Kumar



German Chamber Academy Neuss

Thanks to a combination of enthusiasm and dedication, the German Chamber Academy Neuss puts on breath-taking shows that make them one of “the leading chamber orchestras in Germany”, according to German music magazine “das Orchester”.

The discovery of music as a common language is key at the Chamber Academy. The members of the orchestra, who come from twenty different countries, have developed a deep, mutual understanding that makes for an inimitable sound, both in the studio and on stages around the world. Their extensive repertoire ranges from baroque, through avant-garde, to jazz.

Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen, one of the greatest modern violinists, is Artistic Director at the academy since 2017. Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alexander Lonquich, Lavard Skou Larsen, have all taken their place at the dkn conductor’s stand, as well as Lord Yehudi Menuhin in the orchestra’s early years. In March 2019 the Austrian-Hungarian violinist and conductor Christoph Koncz started his tenure as Chief Conductor of the academy.

The orchestra has also recently completed tours in South America, Spain, Finland and Poland. Preparations are now under way for concerts in France and China, along with a number of guest appearances at well-known festivals. Some of the international soloists who regularly play with the dkn include Kolja Blacher, Marc Coppey, Henning Kraggerud, Carolin Widmann, Guy Touvron, Philippe Cassard, Alexander Lonquich and tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who accompanied the German Chamber Orchestra for their début at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.


Isabelle van Keulen, violin

Isabelle van Keulen (violin)

"Musical intelligence and vivid sound are combined with her fine instinct for the tender, searching quality of this music … absolutely magical. " The Guardian

Whether in the over 20 year intense collaboration with the Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam, concerts with mezzo Christianne Stotijn, performing/directing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, combining violin and viola in one appearance, founding a chamber music festival – from 1997 until 2006 Isabelle van Keulen was Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival – giving masterclasses or being a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic or NHK Tokyo. She had many concertos written especially for her (Theo Loevendie, Erkki-Sven Tüür) and has many other 20th and 21st century works in her repertoire: Concertos by Henri Dutilleux, John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Oliver Knussen and Brett Dean. Isabelle van Keulen has made many recordings in the past decades, the most recent ones are Berg Violin Concerto (Chandos), a CD of violin-piano sonatas by Strauss, Nino Rota and Respighi (Channel Classics), Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Sharon Kam (Berlin Classics), Bach’s Goldberg Variations with the Leopold String Trio (Hyperion) and Prokofiev Complete Works for violin and piano with Ronald Brautigam (Challenge, December 2012). In May 2013 a CD with the Isabelle Van Keulen Ensemble with music by Astor Piazzolla called Tango! Was released on Challenge Records combining both DVD/Blue ray and a documentary. Since autumn 2012 she is the professor for violin, viola and chamber music at the Lucerne University of Arts.