The latest piece by our guest curator puts an unusual instrument in the spotlight: the accordion. Mathilde Wantenaar wrote her Concerto for accordion and orchestra especially for star accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam and the Residentie Orkest. In recent years, Mathilde has amply demonstrated that she is at home in a wide range of genres, from opera to string quartet. With this new work she is breaking new ground, as the accordion is not an everyday solo instrument in classical music.
Mathilde knows what she is getting into: her father is an accordionist, so she grew up listening to the instrument. In tonight’s programme, her concerto is set against one of the highlights of the twentieth-century orchestral repertoire, Igor Stravinsky’s colourful ballet music Petrushka.