Niek de Groot

Niek de Groot, who is from the Netherlands, is one of today's leading double bass players in the field of art music. He finished his 10-year term as principal bass with Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2006, thereafter dedicating himself to chamber music and solo recitals. Since 1996, de Groot has been a professor at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany. He honed his skills at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada and studied with two cellists, Frans Helmerson and Lluis Claret. De Groot has made solo discs for EMI and Nimbus, and during the 2016-2017 season he will also be recording for the BIS and Audite labels. Having played an Amati double bass dating back to 1680 for five years, in December 2015 he obtained a lifelong right to play a prestigious Domenico Montagnana instrument from 1747.


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Programme

33. Kuhmo Arts Centre 15.15

Matthew Tommasini (1978):

Towards the Wall for double bass and piano (2014)

Sun
16.7.

34. Kontio School 17.15

Mikhail Glinka (1804—1857):

Divertimento brillante in A flat on Themes from Bellini's Opera "La Sonnambula" (1832)

Sun
16.7.

46. Kuhmo Church 11.00

J.S. Bach (1685—1750):

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 for flute, strings and basso continuo (1738-9)

Wed
19.7.

50. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Ferruccio Busoni (1866—1924):

Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42 (1909, arr. for flute, clarinet, string quintet, piano and harmonium by Erwin Stein, 1920)

Wed
19.7.

51. Kuhmo Church 21.15

Gustav Mahler (1860—1911):

Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 (1901-02)

Wed
19.7.

63. Kontio School 15.15

Felix Mendelssohn (1809—1847):

Largo and Allegro in D minor, MWV O 1 for piano and strings (1820) (age 11)

Sat
22.7.

64. Kontio School 17.15

Charles Ives (1874—1954):

The Unanswered Question for winds and string orchestra from two Contemplations (1935)

Sat
22.7.