The concert—the 32nd under the Akzo Nobel For Young Talent banner—took place on November 18 at the city’s Dr Anton Philipszaal venue and featured the Dutch Residentie Orchestra, under the baton of Jaap Van Zweden.
The aim of the Akzo Nobel program is to provide opportunities for talented young musicians to perform with internationally renowned orchestras and conductors and the two featured musicians on the night—both from Romania—were soprano Lilia Isaev and tenor Marius Brenciu.
Marius Brenciu has performed at previous concerts in Helsinki and Budapest, while Lilia Isaev was making her Young Talent debut.
The evening itself was actually a double celebration, as the Residentie Orchestra is commemorating its 100th anniversary, which was reflected in the program for the concert, with the evening’s line-up also including American alto Carolyn Sebron, Dutch bass Robert Holl and world famous Spanish choral group Orfeón Donostiarra from San Sebastian, conducted by José Antonio Sainz.
Since it was launched in 1994, 20 young musicians have performed in countries around the world as part of the Akzo Nobel For Young Talent program, with concerts having taken place in cities such as Stockholm, Birmingham, Brussels, Chicago, Peking, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
(Updated: November 22, 2004)