Enter the Belle Epoque and imagine yourself in exotic bustling Paris during this concert from the living room of Ernest Chausson. Latvian star pianist Lauma Skride wil be your hostess and will guide you during this concert. Together with the renowned Ruysdael quartet and violinist Lisa Jacobs, she will perform the monumental Concert for piano, violin and string quartet by Ernest Chausson.

‘Truly spinning-tingling’ BBC Music Magazine

Lauma Skride is a globally acclaimed pianist who has played all the major stages in the world both as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles. We are therefore very pleased that we have been able to invite her to our series!

The Ruysdael Quartet exists for over 22 years and has been a major force in the Dutch classical music scene. They have been welcome guests on countless chamber music festivals and since 2015  even host their own annual festival.

Violinist Lisa Jacobs, artistic leader of the Vondelconcerten can, even though in her early thirties, reflect on an extensive career as both a soloist as well as chamber musician worldwide. She made her orchestral solo debut at age 17 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has been known ever since for her virtuoso playing style combined with her unique musicality ‘Sensual allure in Jacobs’s deeply felt, beguilingly phrased readings’ (BBC Music Magazine UK).


Whether the concerto for piano, violin and quartet written by Chausson is truly a concerto is up for debate (since it only serves 6 musicians). Its definitely not a standard work for a sextet, with two soloists. It is best defined as an exciting conversation between the piano and the violin accompanied by the quartet. After its premiere, played by the famous violinist Ysaye, Chausson, ever so insecure of himself, remarked “ Another failure!”. Little did he know that his piece would stand the test of time and became an all-time favorite for both musicians and audiences worldwide.


Perhaps lesser known than his contemporaries Fauré and Debussy, Chausson left us with a small but influential oeuvre. His composing style of romanticism mixed with some more introvert impressionism is best explained by his upbringing in Paris in an extremely affluent bourgeois family, in which he was the sole surviving child. To please his father, Chausson studied law and was appointed a barrister for the Court of Appeals, but had little or no interest in the profession. He frequented the Paris salons and it was here that he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in music.

Stap binnen in de Belle Epoque en waan u in het exotische bruisende Parijs tijdens dit concert vanuit de huiskamer van Ernest Chausson.

De Letse meesterpianiste Lauma Skride is uw gastdame en neemt u aan de hand tijdens dit concert.

Samen met het gerenommeerde Ruysdael kwartet en violiste Lisa Jacobs voeren zij onder meer het monumentale Concert voor piano, viool en strijkkwartet van Ernest Chausson uit.

‘Truly spine-tingling’ BBC Music Magazine

Lauma Skride is een mondiaal veel geprezen pianiste die zowel als soliste alsook in diverse kamermuziek ensembles alle grote podia ter wereld bespeeld heeft. Wij zijn dan ook zeer verheugd dat het gelukt is haar uit te nodigen voor de Vondelconcerten!