The Uilenburger concert series began in October 1996 as a posthumous tribute to dutch composer Leo Smit (Amsterdam,1900-Sobibor, 1943). The concerts are organised by the Leo Smit Foundation (Leo Smit Stichting), established by flutist Eleonore Pameijer and pianist Frans van Ruth in January 1996. Over the last twenty years, we performed more then hundred and fifty concerts and we are now into our 21st season. Starting in the beautiful hall of the Uilenburg Synagogue, distinguished Dutch musicians played the music of Leo Smit and his contemporaries. Since the 2010-2011 season the concerts continued in Bethaniënklooster, now the concerts take place at the intimate chamber music hall at Splendor Amsterdam.
The concerts focus on forgotten but very often groundbreaking music by pre-Second World War composers. They present a wide spectrum of traditional and new elements in twentieth century music and more recent compositions.
Lost music from the inter-war years can be heard alongside the music of contemporary composers who are already well-known to the general public. At the same time a link is made to today’s music by playing newer and contemporary compositions.
This season the programme contains a rich selection of music by Dutch and other composers who were persecuted in the Second World War. There are also works by today’s composers and from the interwar years.
The concerts are performed by top musicians from different countries. This year as in other years the artistic director Eleonore Pameijer presents a programme full of surprises.
The Uilenburg Concerts are funded by grants from the City of Amsterdam, SENA, the SNS Reaal Fund, the Iona Foundation and the Friends of the Leo Smit Foundation.
More information at www.leosmit.org