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February 2022

Friday 25 February 2022 20:00u | Kragujevac, Servië

ROctet in Kragujevac

Thursday 24 February 2022 20:00u | City Concert Hall/ Novi Sad/ Servië

ROctet in Novi Sad/ European Capital of Culture

The octet of strings ‘ROctet’ will hold a concert within the ‘Migrations’ programme arch in the City Concert Hall on 24 February. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and the audience will have a chance to hear works by N. Afanasyev,  Carlos Michans and F. Mendelssohn.

ROctet is an octet of strings from the Netherlands that originated in 2016. Composed of the leading strings of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, this energetic ensemble has held many brilliant concerts in various concert series and performed live on radio and TV. Their debut CD ‘Housewarming’ was released by Challenge Records International.

The CD has received notable attention from leading Dutch media. Two radio stations in the Netherlands named it Album of the Week, and it received a 5-star review in the TROUW newspaper. In the January 2020 issue, an interview with ROctet appeared in the prominent classical music magazine Luister, where shortly afterwards the CD received a 10-star review. With the wonderful reviews that appeared in the French Diapason and the American Music Guide magazine, ROctet did not go unnoticed in the foreign press either, thus the tradition of this wonderful string formation remained alive.

Ensemble members: Joris van Rijn (violin), Dimiter Tchernookov (violin), Julija Hartig (violin), *Emi Ohi Resnick is replacing Masha Iakovleva (violin), Francien Schatborn (viola), Frank Brakkee (viola), Eveline Kraayenhof (cello), Anneke Janssen (cello).

Admission to the concert is free of charge.

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December 2021

Sunday 19 December 2021 2:30 pm | Remonstrant Church, Nieuwkoop

ROctet plays Festive concert before Christmas

ROctet presents HOUSEWARMING for Christmas

Afanasyev, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

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Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 8:15 PM | Concert committee Hoeksche Waard

ROctet in the series Concert Committee Hoeksche Waard

ROctet presents HOUSEWARMING

Afanasyev, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

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September 2021

Sunday, September 26, 2021 10:30 am | Amsterdam Concert Hall

The Sunday Morning Concert: The Power of Eight

The Netherlands' only permanent string octet originated from the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and is called ROctet. Today it's playing Afanashevs Double String Quartet 'Novoselye' alongside Mendelssohn's iconic Octet.

Mendelssohn and Afanasyev
The ROctet plays Mendelssohn's iconic Octet. 'Exuberant, cheering music from a 16-year-old who gets a vibrant, almost perfect performance here', says de Volkskrant. In addition to this audience favourite, an unknown work by the Russian Nikolai Afanashev, a nineteenth-century violin virtuoso, will be played. To be Double String Quartet has the subtitle Novoselye, which means 'housewarming'. A music festival full of energy and melancholy.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM | Great Church, Epe

ROctet in Great Church Epe

The Netherlands' only permanent string octet originated from the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and is called ROctet. Today it plays Afanasyevs Double String Quartet 'Novoselye' alongside Mendelssohn's iconic Octet.

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March 2020

Saturday 14 March 2020 20:00u | Remonstrant Church, Nieuwkoop

Afanasyev, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

ROctet plays the most beautiful pieces from the octet repertoire by Afanasyev, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

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January 2020

Tuesday 28 January 2020 20:15u | Hilversum Town Hall

Town hall concert: The influence of a teenager

The iconic string octet in E flat major (1825) by the then sixteen-year-old Mendelssohn had a major influence on composers after him. For example on the Danish Niels Gade, who succeeded Mendelssohn as conductor of the Gewandhausorchester. 50 years after Mendelssohn, the Russian composer Nikolay Afanasyev also wrote a string octet (1875).

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Nov 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019 8:15 PM | TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

AvroTros Friday Concert: Mendelssohn, Bach and Shostakovich

Bach Selection from the Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Michans Divertimento for eight strings 'Variations on a Tamil Lyric'
Shostakovich Two pieces for string octet
Mendelssohn Octet in E flat opus 20

Felix Mendelssohn's octet, written when he was 16, is a kind of violin concerto in small ensemble, with a natural star role for the first violin. An almost fairytale haze hangs over the string sounds. And it makes happy. Viola player Frank Brakkee says: 'Mendelssohn's music makes you feel ten years younger. It has youthful freshness, full of energy, excitement and beautiful melodies. Mendelssohn does that very well. If you're depressed for a moment, listen to Mendelssohn and you'll be able to take it again.'

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July 2019

Thursday 25 July 2019 u | Groningen

Peter the Great Festival

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Friday 19 July 2019 u | 's Gravenland

Wonderfeel Festival

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Wednesday 3 July 2019 u | Uilenburger Synagogue

Splendor Amsterdam - The Shul

June 2019

Saturday 15 June 2019 20:30u | Amersfoort

Hawk Concerts

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