The Februari Festival in a nutshell

The programming of the Februari Festival always intends to highlight a specific composer or theme in the history of Western art music, and to introduce audiences in the Netherlands – and particularly in The Hague – to outstanding, undiscovered ensembles and musicians, in combination with young talent. It is particularly this festival setting that has proven to be such a success: the audience can listen to several works by the main composer and musicians on one and the same evening or afternoon, and is given the opportunity to meet them during the intervals and after the concert. Visitors consider the personal relationship that develops almost unnoticed after several days of attending the festival to be of inestimable value. This cannot be compared to a regular concert, and therefore contributes even more strongly to the unifying effect that culture can have.
The next edition of the Februari Festival will focus on one of the greatest musical innovators, who gave the arts a new dimension: Ludwig van Beethoven. Just like last year, this edition will feature an artist in residence: the highly acclaimed German Ensemble at 4.1 (4 wind players + 1 pianist) who will be performing throughout the festival and will be teaming up with musicians of international renown and gifted young performers. A festival setting like this is ideal for the introduction of new talent.

Why Ludwig van Beethoven?

Beethoven lived – and worked – in a highly charged environment. The years immediately preceding and following 1800 were a turning point in European history. The French Revolution and the rise and fall of the Emperor Napoleon had a tremendous impact. Everything changed: mankind’s perception of life, relationships within society: that an ordinary citizen like Beethoven could become famous was hitherto unprecedented. But, more important: the fact that Beethoven made art that ‘rocked the world’, so to speak, is exceptionally inspirational to us. The indelible mark left by Beethoven’s legacy still has an impact on musical practice today. Even if busts of Beethoven grace many pianos these days, the composer himself was an iconoclast. In his works, he changed the fixed sequence of movements to suit his compositions. He exceeded the conventional length of sonatas and symphonies, added parts for wind players to symphonies, and was not adverse to shock effects (often having to do with rhythm) and copious amounts of thematic material. To Beethoven, expression always came first. Not only the notes that a prince-elector or a bishop wanted to hear were of consequence to Beethoven; he expressed his own emotions, wanted to tell a story. And to do this more powerfully than any of his predecessors had ever done. This was absolutely revolutionary. The fact that he managed to achieve this despite the atrocious handicap of his deafness is simply astonishing – or could this have been of influence? During the Februari Festival we will be sure to address this point. The main venue of the festival is the Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague’s primary concert stage for chamber music. In addition to the concerts, films will be shown in ‘het Nutshuis’ and lectures will be given in The Hague’s Public Library.




The Februari Festival is an activity of Stichting Dans- en Muziekcentrum Den Haag - Zuiderstrandtheater & Nieuwe Kerk

For ticket sales:
Box office Zuiderstrandtheater
Tuesday - Saturday between 12.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
+31 70 88 00 333

Contact: Nieuwe Kerk/Zuiderstrandtheater
Corné Ran
Programmer & Marketing Nieuwe Kerk
+ 31 70 88 00 375
+ 31 6 575 562 39


Roelof Jonker
Corné Ran


Corné Ran
+ 31 70 88 00 375
+31 6 575 562 93


Marjolein van Ruiten
+31 6 200 62 844


Sven Arne Tepl
Huib Ramaer


Renee ter Braake

Melissa Tepper


If you require more information, please do not hesitate to send an email to: infofebruarifestival.nl



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