Upcoming Concerts

Saturdag 18 August 2018, at 19:00 Holy Trinity Church Utrecht (NL.)
Memorial concert. i.e Sarabande from Bach Suite for cello solo No. 6 BWV 1012. 

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Sunday 19 August 2018, at 12:00 hrs. at Landgoed Duin &Kruidberg in Santpoort (NL).
Private concert with pianist Tobias Borsboom.

Program with Cassadó - Requiebros, Liszt - Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, Ravel - Kaddish, Bartók - Romanian Dances, Popper - Hungarian Rhapsody.


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Saturday 25 August 2018, 18:15 till 18:45 Uitmarkt Amsterdam. Free admission!
Performance with pianist Tobias Borsboom at the Bernard Haitinkzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam.  

Program with Liszt - Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, Bartók - Romanian Dances, Ravel - Kaddish, Popper - Hungarian Rhapsody.


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Concert series 'Vriendenconcerten'

Pamela Smits is founder and artistic director of the concert series Vriendenconcerten since 2013. For the second consecutive season 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. 

First concert of this season:
: Sunday 30 September 2018, at 16:00 hrs. 

Poster Credit Patrick Keeler


The remarkable performance of Pamela, Arno and Tobias in the previous season marked the birth of the Voyager trio. Shortly afterwards, supported by Eduard van Beinum Foundation, they commissioned a new work from the highly talented young Brazilian composer Marcel Politano. His ‘Danza del Agua en Las Rocas’ is inspired by the interplay of water with the rocks near a waterfall.

In this program, the Voyager trio gets on board of the Orient Express by Dutch composer Peter Visser to travel through the Russian landscapes and visit the father of the Russian classical music, Michael Glinka. The trio then continues their journey on to the Indonesian court, the Majas and Majos of Spanish Goya and the French countryside. Odysseus and his seajourney back home to Ithaca c is imaginatively portrayed in sound by the young Dutchman Rabert Buizerd. The Voyager’s journey ends with the stirring tangos of Piazzolla in Buenos Aires.

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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
Passe-partout € 100 Passe-partout €  90

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.


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"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)