Upcoming Concerts

Sunday March 2018, 10:00-11:00 hrs. Radio broadcast appearance for Dutch national Radio4, live from the Spiegelzaal of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, presented by Hans van der Boom.Program to include: Friedrich Gulda and Lago, together with saxplayer Arno Bornkamp, pianist Tobias Borsboom and the CvA-SaX conducted by Juanpe Luna.

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Sunday 25 March, at 16:00 hrs. at the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam (NL). 
Concert Sax-Escapades with saxofonist Arno Bornkamp, pianist Tobias Borsboom and the CvA-SaX conducted by Juanpe Luna.

Program to include: Friedrich Gulda Cello Concerto (2 movements), Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, J. Williams with Saxophone orchestra, and trio's by Lago, Piazzolla.

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Thursday 29 March, at 12.30 at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Program to include: Gulda Cello Concerto (2 movements). 
Together with saxophonist Arno Bornkamp, pianist Tobias Borsboom and the CvA-SaX conducted by Juanpe Luna.

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Concert series 'Vriendenconcerten'

Pamela Smits is founder and artistic director of the concert series Vriendenconcerten since 2013. For this coming season the brilliant young Dutch pianist Tobias Borsboom will join her as guest-artistic leader.

The 7 concerts of this series takes place at the beautiful 17th century church, the Zuiderkerk in the heart of old Amsterdam. 

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Third concert of this season:
: Sunday 25 March 2018, at 16:00 hrs.

Poster Credit Patrick Keeler


A concert with the saxophone in a special role. As a chamber music-, orchestral- and solo-instrument, it sparkles in all roles! We get a whiff of the atmosphere of cities Addis Ababa and Montevideo in compositions by Lago, and stay warm with the Argentinean spring and summer of Piazzolla. We will also hear Denisov's stirring and jazz-like sonata, one of the cornerstones of the saxophone repertoire.

Not only will the internationally renowned Arno Bornkamp play on his sax, he will also bring along a number of his own students who, playing in an ensemble, take on the role of an entire orchestra in 3 solo concerti; Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the Cello Concerto of Gulda, and the sax concerto Escapades by the well-known film composer John Williams. Music that flirts with pop culture!


Stichting Vriendenconcerten (Foundation Vriendenconcerten)

ABN AMRO Bank: NL45ABNA053.76.04.693

Opening Church and Ticketcounter:
30 minutes before the start of a concert
Saturday at 19:30 hrs.
Sunday at 15:30 hrs.

Tickets and reservations:
T +31 6 3076 0224
Ticket at the ticketcounter € 18,50    
Presale € 16,50    
Vrienden € 15    
Childeren 10 till 18 years € 10    
Childeren till 10 years old free admission    
with valid studentcard € 10    
Group discounts (only presale!)      
with 4 or more tickets per ticket € 15    
Subscribtions   Subscribtions Vrienden
7 concerts € 100 7 concerts €  90
6 concerts €   90 6 concerts €  82,50
5 concerts €   75 5 concerts €  70
4 concerts €   60 4 concerts €  57,50

Build in the Dutch renaissance style this beautiful 17th century church is situated between the Waterlooplein and the Nieuwmarkt right in the center of Amsterdam.

De Zuiderkerk
Zuiderkerkhof 71
1011 WB Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 20 308 03 99



Program Proposals

Selection of program proposals for recitals in the season 2018/2019:

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Cello Solo:
Heaven and Hell

Cello and Piano with pianist Tobias Borsboom
Love and Death  Romantic program
Bohemian Rhapsody Czech program
Maître et Apprenti  French program with a teacher-pupil line

All-time Favourites Easy-listening romantic cello favourites program
Hungarian Canvas Hungarian cello/piano program, with Kodály cello solo sonata

Cello and Double Bass with double bass player Quirijn van Regteren Altena:
Deep Feelings and Moments Musical 


Considerations concerning other repertoire is open for discussions. 
See also repertoire list..

Or, feel free to send an email to Pamela via and she will be happy to contact you directly to consider the various ideas.

Pentachord Ensemble

Pentachord, a row of five strings. Five renowned musicians founded this ensemble sharing a passion for piano quintets and chambermusic.
- Effacta Productions

For bookings or information please contact Effacta Productions:

Guido Nederlof
 T  +31 23 - 532 4690


The Pentachord Ensemble
Maarten den Hengst - piano
Emi Ohi Resnick - violin
Mikhail Zemtsov -viola
Pamela Smits - cello
Quirijn van Regteren Altena - double bass
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Program proposals:

Program Purcell, Arensky, F. Martin or Mahler and Trout
Program Piano quintets of Vaughan Williams and Schubert
Program Duo's and Schubert or Vaughan Williams piano quintet

Program Penta Plus. Mozart and Dvořák stringquintets and Mendelssohn pianosextet with Giles Francis violin and viola.


 Download Portfolio hr.-photos of the Pentachord Ensemble

"From the first note of the famous quintet the Pentachord Ensemble overwhelmed with their lightness, precision and very agile way of playing. Schubert escaped from all the clichés. Also is in all their smaller group arrangements The Pentachord a joy to the eye and ear, because of the dedicated music making of the musicians. A sparkling ensemble that left the audience of the museumchurch of Schokland in awe."

-from a review of the Noordoostpolder newspaper.


"The Trout Quintet can be reckoned among the gems of classical music. Of the Dutch music ensembles the Pentachord threads a long chain of gems with their way of playing. Moreover, for the entire ensemble applies that they posses a special musical gift and that they feel intensely connected to their instruments, one can see that, one can hear that." 

-from a review of the Nieuwe Meerbode, Aalsmeer (NL)