Program Booklet

Lera Auerbach in The Hague

friday, october 20
20:15 hour until approximately 10:00 p.m.

In this concert, Lera Auerbach shows her many musical faces as a composer, conductor and pianist. She is soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 and conducts the Dutch premiere of her own Fifth Symphony. 


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Residentie Orkest The Hague
Annual reach of over 40,000 schoolchildren, adults and amateur musicians in educational projects. Part of this is The Residents, through which the orchestra brings hundreds of children from districts in The Hague into contact with classical music.
Lera Auerbach
Conductor and piano
Lera Auerbach is an exceptionally versatile artist: in addition to being a composer, she is a concert pianist, conductor, poet and visual artist. Tonight she will solo in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 and conduct the Dutch premiere of her own Fifth Symphony.
Henri Christofer Aavik
The young Estonian conductor Henri Christofer Aavik is currently doing the National Master Orchestra Conducting, a collaboration between the conservatories of The Hague and Amsterdam and several Dutch orchestra including the Residentie Orkest.
The Residentie Orkest offers the conductor/soloist a linocut by Hague artist Mariska Mallee this afternoon.

Fun Facts

Busy household 

That Mozart was prospering in the 1980s is evident from his affluent life. According to his father, Wolfgang and his wife Constanze "lived in a beautiful apartment with the accompanying luxurious furnishings and high rent. Together with baby Karl, dog Guckel and starling Starl, who could even whistle some Mozart tunes, it was a busy household. The photo shows Domgasse 5 in Vienna where Mozart lived between October 1784 and April 1787. 


Auerbach uses a rather eccentric instrument in her Fifth Symphony : the waterphone or aquaphone. It consists of a number of metal rods mounted on a small water-filled vessel. You can strike the rods, pluck them or strike them with a bow. Moving the instrument back and forth constantly changes the pitch due to the sloshing water. The effect is an ethereal, but sometimes ominous sound, which fits the mood of the music beautifully.

Today in the orchestra

Wouter Vossen

The orchestra's versatility and teamwork really appeal to me.

Dorine Schade

Since 1992 I have been solo piccolo of the Residentie Orkest, and in it I am surrounded by a fantastic wood group.

Chris Leenders

From the age of seven, the small drum was my instrument.
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