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Jaap Nico Hamburger

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Concerto pour piano et orchestre

This dramatic concerto is full of drive, explosive energy and pathos. While reminiscent of great works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, it is truly a unique work among Canadian piano concertos and modern classical compositions.

Ce concerto dramatique est plein de dynamisme, d'énergie explosive et de pathos. Bien qu'il rappelle les grandes œuvres de Prokofiev et de Chostakovitch, c'est vraiment une œuvre unique parmi les concertos pour piano canadiens et les compositions classiques modernes. 






I. Adagio
II. Molto Allegro
III. Molto Adagio

I. Adagio
II. Molto Allegro
III. Molto Adagio



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Recorded by pianist Assaff Weisman and l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal under the direction of Vincent de Kort.

Enregistré par le pianiste Assaff Weisman et l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal sous la direction de Vincent de Kort.



“ This is a powerful, intense work, largely tonal and thoroughly approachable yet unusual in a number of respects.“ - Records International, September 2020

“ Hamburger's compositions certainly takes nods to names like Mahler, Feinberg and Prokofiev, but of course at this point his work resides in a league all its own, as Weisman, the orchestra and de Kort certainly do justice to his vision on this varied and unpredictable effort.“ - Take Effect, December 2020

“ The orchestra and soloist deliver a top-notch performance of a work that will please those who enjoy new sounds created in a Late-Romantic style.“ - The Whole Note, November 2020


Jaap Nico Hamburger is a CMC Associate Composer. In 2019, he was appointed as Montréal’s Mécénat Musica Composer in Residence. His compositions include commissions from orchestras (Turning Point Ensemble, Ensemble Caprice, Orchestre Classique de Montréal, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Festival Classica) and chamber works (“400 Years of Dutch Keyboard Music”, Polina Gubnitskaia, David Shemer). 

His works have been performed and recorded in Canada, The Netherlands and Israel. He was recently commissioned by the United Nations and the Government of the Netherlands to compose a new concerto for harp and orchestra that was premiered on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice. Other commissions include works for Discovery Channel as well as European broadcasting companies.

His 2nd chamber symphony ‘Children’s War Diaries’ was nominated for the Dutch national composer’s award and is nominated for the 2022 JUNO award for best classical composition. The premiere of his first opera “ARIELLA” is slated for the spring of 2023.

Jaap Nico Hamburger est un compositeur associé du CMC. En 2019, il a été nommé compositeur en résidence du Mécénat Musica de Montréal. Ses compositions comprennent des commandes d'orchestres (Turning Point Ensemble, Ensemble Caprice, Orchestre Classique de Montréal, l'Orchestre Baroque de Jérusalem, Festival Classica) et des œuvres de chambre (" 400 Years of Dutch Keyboard Music ", Polina Gubnitskaia, David Shemer). 

Ses œuvres ont été jouées et enregistrées au Canada, aux Pays-Bas et en Israël. Il a récemment été chargé par les Nations Unies et le gouvernement des Pays-Bas de composer un nouveau concerto pour harpe et orchestre qui a été créé à l'occasion du 75e anniversaire de la Cour internationale de justice. D'autres commandes comprennent des œuvres pour Discovery Channel ainsi que pour des sociétés de radiodiffusion européennes.

Sa deuxième symphonie de chambre "Children's War Diaries" a été nominée pour le prix national des compositeurs néerlandais et pour le prix JUNO 2022 de la meilleure composition classique. La création de son premier opéra "ARIELLA" est prévue pour le printemps 2023.


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