The Uilenburg concert series began in October 1996 as a posthumous tribute to Leo Smit. Since then we have performed over a hundred concerts and we are into our 16th season. Starting in the beautiful surroundings of the Uilenburg Synagogue, distinguished Dutch musicians played the music of Leo Smit, his contemporaries and our contemporaries. Since the 2010-2011 season the concerts continue in Bethaniënklooster (a former monastery in Amsterdam which is one of the leading venues for chamber music).
These concerts focus on forgotten but very often groundbreaking music by pre-Second World War composers. They present a wide spectrum of traditional and new elements in twentieth century music and more recent compositions.
Lost music from the inter-war years can be heard alongside the music of contemporary composers who are already well-known to the general public. At the same time a link is made to today’s music by playing new compositions.
This season the programme contains a rich selection of music by Dutch and other composers who were persecuted in the Second World War. There are also works by today’s composers and from the interwar years.
The concerts are performed by top musicians from different countries. This year as in other years the artistic director Eleonore Pameijer presents a programme full of surprises.
The Uilenburg Concerts are funded by grants from the City of Amsterdam, the SNS Reaal fund, Iona Foundation and the Friends of the Leo Smit Foundation.
For an overview of the Uilenburg Concert series click here.
Impression earlier seasons
at the Uilenburger Synagogue
In October 2010 the Uilenburg Concerts moved to a new venue in a former monastery, Bethaniënklooster. The Uilenburg Synagogue, where it all began fifteen years ago, is awaiting much-needed renovation.
Bethaniënklooster has a beautiful concert hall with good acoustics and is just a stone’s throw from the Uilenburg Synagogue.