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    Joles, Ben (1953 – Present)

    Violist from South Africa who attended the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and studied under Leo Boelens, Cas Burger, Mischa Geller, Kato Havas, Jo van Helden, Herman Krebbers, Hans Neuburger, and Louis Metz.


    Groups with which he has performed include the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra.


    In 1996, he appeared on the soundtrack of De Freules.


    The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Groot Omroepkoor rang in the holidays in 2002 with a program that comprised Roel van Oosten’sQuatre Noels Anciens”, Arvo Part’s “Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten”, Alexandre Tansman’s oratorio, Isaie, le Prophete, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”.


    On 23rd November 2007, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic presented “Haydn en Parijs”, featuring the master’s “Celloconcert in D, Hob.I:85”, “Symfonie nr. 82 in C, Hob.I:82” (“L’Ours”), and “Symfonie nr. 85 in Bes, Hob.I:85” (“La reine de France”), as well as Jacques Offenbach’s “Ouverture La fille du tambour-major”.


    They celebrated Christmas in 2007 with Groot Omroepkoor in a concert that included Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Orkestsuite nr. 3 in D, BWV 1068”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Mis in c, KV 427”, and Francis Poulenc’s “Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel”.


    On 13th December 2008, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Groot Omroepkoor and the Nationaal Kinderkoor, unveiled Mauricio Kagel’s Sankt-Bach-Passion.


    The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic performed a Valentine’s Day concert in 2009 with another Bach leitmotif which consisted of Bach’s “Klavierconcert in g, BWV 1058”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Tweede symfonie in D, op. 36”, Robert Schumann’s “Fuga uber den Namen Bach, op. 60 nr. 6”, and Igor Stravinsky’s “Concerto in D”. 


    On 11th April 2009, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra put together an eclectic confection of modern and romantic concertstucke, including Marc-Andre Dalbavie’sPianoconcert”, Franz Liszt’s “Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe”, Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe (Tweede suite), and Richard Rijnvos’s “Union Square Dance”.


    No less variegated was their amalgamation on 26th September 2009 of Claude Debussy’s Khamma, legende dansee, Heinz Holliger’sSechs Lieder auf Gedichte von Christian Morgenstern”, Charles Koechlin’s “Les Bandar-Log”, and Ravel’s “Pianoconcert in G”.


    On 4th December 2009, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic were directed by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at Grote Zaal in a program of the composer’s works:  Jimmack the Postie”; “Last Door of Light”, “An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise”, and “Strathclyde Concerto nr. 4 voor A-klarinet & orkest”.


    The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra opened up the new year on 15th January 2010 with Thomas Ades’ “Tevot”, Johannes Brahms’ “Symfonie nr. 1 in c, opus 68”, and Vaughan Williams’ “Variaties over een thema van Thomas Tallis”.


    On 27th March 2010, they offered up Debussy’s La Mer, Henri Dutilleux’sL’arbre des songes”, Rudolf Escher’s “Musique pour l’esprit en deuil”, et Bart Visman’sces concerts, riches de cuivre”.  Vive la Netherlands!



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