Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble
Sat 16 Dec '2320:15 - 21:30Concertzaal
Kayhan Kalhor kemençe
Tristan Driessens ud
Pouyan Ataie santur
Tony Overwater violone
Vinsent Planjer percussion
Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally renowned virtuoso on the kamancheh who has played an important role in the worldwide popularization of Persian through his many musical collaborations. He has studied the music of many Iranian regions. He founded several high-profile ensembles and has composed for the most renowned Persian vocalists, including Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri. He also performed and recorded albums with Iran's greatest instrumentalists.
He trained in Western classical music in Italy and Canada. He toured with the New York Philharmonic, among others. Composer John Adams invited him to perform a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of his Perspectives Series. Kahlor has been part of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project since the very beginning, for which he also composes. Over the years, Kalhor has been nominated several times for a GRAMMY Award, winning one in 2017 with the Silkroad Ensemble.
Tristan Driessens is a Belgian 'ud player and composer, mainly active in the field of Ottoman music, early music and modal jazz. Since 2022, Tristan Driessens has been composer-in-residence at the Bruges Concertgebouw.
He studied in Istanbul under the guidance of Necati Çelik and Yurdal Tokcan. After obtaining two master's degrees in Musicology (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Turkish UD (Lemmens Institute), he embarked on a successful musical journey with the Lâmekân Ensemble, which he founded in 2011. He played and participated in numerous projects with Kudsi Erguner and with many other renowned masters of classical Ottoman music. From 2016 to 2020, he worked for the world music center Muziekpublique as artistic director of Refugees for Refugees, an orchestra with a powerful message that toured throughout Europe to unanimous critical acclaim.