Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Conrad van Alphen

“The charismatic conductor Conrad van Alphen breathed an impressive breath of fresh air into this truly symphonic
marathon.”

Conrad van Alphen is known as much for entrepreneurial spirit and depth of preparation as he is for performances that combine exceptional sensitivity, vision and freshness. Van Alphen’s interpretations stand for musical quality paired with extraordinary sensitivity, visionary power, musical farsightedness, and energetic freshness.

In 2000 Conrad van Alphen founded the Sinfonia Rotterdam. With its own concert series in De Doelen Rotterdam, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Nieuwe Kerke Den Haag, the orchestra has become an indispensable part of the Dutch cultural landscape. Under van Alphen’s direction, it developed into an internationally recognized ensemble and toured Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, China, and Russia.
Since the 2020/21 season, Conrad van Alphen has also been principal guest conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra Republic of North Macedonia.

Van Alphen was principal conductor of the Safonov State Philharmonic Orchestra for four years. He also performed regularly in Russia, for example with the Russian National Orchestra, in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the legendary Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

As a guest conductor, Conrad van Alphen has worked with major orchestras worldwide, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Brussels and Bogotá, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the Stuttgart and Bochum Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He is not only considered an accomplished conductor of the symphonic and operatic repertoire, but also for his interpretations of cantatas, masses and oratorios such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah or the requiems by Fauré, Verdi and Mozart. In addition, Conrad van Alphen is always open to contemporary works, crossover projects and the implementation of new ideas.

In the recording studio, the conductor has worked for the labels Channel Classics, Telarc, Talent Records, Cybele, ARS Production and Brilliant Classics. His CD of music by Joaquin Rodrigo with Sinfonia Rotterdam became Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice. Van Alphen publishes live recordings on YouTube and the Sinfonia Live label. For ARS, van Alphen conducts the North German Philharmonic and cellist Benjamin Kruithof with works by Rachmaninov and Glazunov.

Conrad van Alphen regularly works with internationally renowned soloists, including Benjamin Schmid, Ronald Brautigam, Alban Gerhardt, Simone Lamsma or Nikita Boriso-Glebky, Mikhail Pletnev, Nikolai Luganski or Alexei Volodin.

The conductor was born in 1963 in Pretoria, South Africa. After an extensive musical education, he moved to the Netherlands at the age of 26, where he was a member of the double bass section of the Hilversum Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Academy Antwerp. He studied conducting in the class of Eri Klas and Roberto Benzi.

Season 2023/2024 | Photo: Marco Borggreve| Quotation: pieuvre.ca, January 11th 2018
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Conrad van Alphen conducts Rachmaninov-Pletnev Festival

15 April 2024

This week, Conrad van Alphen will conduct a three-concert festival in Rotterdam in which Mikhail Pletnev will play all of Rachmaninov’s piano concertos as well as his Rhapsody […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen and the Saarland State Orchestra

22 March 2024

Conrad van Alphen will conduct two concerts with the Saarland State Orchestra this Sunday. The programme includes Schubert’s Great C major Symphony, Pantomime in D major by Joseph […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen and Martin Stadtfeld on stage together

21 February 2024

This week, Conrad van Alphen and Martin Stadtfeld will be joining forces with the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach and violinist Maria Solozobova to perform two concerts in Gotha and […] more ...

New Year’s concerts with Conrad van Alphen and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra

3 January 2024

Together with Conrad van Alphen, we wish you a Happy New Year 2024! He is currently on tour with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and soprano Ana Durlovski, with […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen and the Philharmonic Orchestra of North Macedonia

22 November 2023

Conrad van Alphen is visiting Skopje this week in his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of North Macedonia. Together with violinist Daniel Rowland and […] more ...

Sinfonia Rotterdam’s Opening Concert with Conrad van Alphen

26 September 2023

This week the Sinfonia Rotterdam is starting its regular season under its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Conrad van Alphen. Conrad van Alphen will conduct four concerts with […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie

10 May 2023

Conrad van Alphen is entering into a twophase project with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, where two diferent programs will be played in three concerts. First, this sunday in Höxter, […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

15 February 2023

Conrad van Alphen is currently in Israel to conduct the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Apart from excerpts of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, they will present Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen – Selected signature programs (orchestra)

1 July 2024

      Selected signature programs (orchestra) Program 1 Brahms Violin concerto D major op. 77 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique op. 14 Program 2 Rachmaninov Piano concerto No. 2 […] more ...

Conrad van Alphen with Sinfonia Rotterdam…

24 June 2024

  Program suggestions 2025/2026   … and Mischa Maisky (violoncello) Schumann Overture, scherzo & finale E major op. 52 Emilie Mayer Symphony No. 1 C minor Shostakovich Cello […] more ...

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Alkan
Piano Concerto
 
Andriessen
Kuhnau Variations
 
Arensky
Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
 
Arutiunian
Violin Concerto
Trumpet Concerto
 
Avramovski
Overture
 
Bach, J. S.
Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
Suite in B minor
Concerto for Violin & Oboe
Concerto for 2 Violins
 
Bach, C. P. E.
Flute Concerto in A
Organ Concerto in G
 
Bach, J. C.
Symphony No. 2 op. 9
Symphony No. 4 op.3
 
Balakirev
Symphony No.1
Thamar
 
Barber
Adagio for Strings
 
Bartok
Concerto for Orchestra
Viola Concerto
Divertimento for Strings
Rumanian Dances
 
Beethoven
Symphonies No. 1 – 9
Concerto for Piano No. 1 – 5
Concerto for Violin
Triple Concerto
Overtures Coriolan, Egmont, Leonora No. 3, Fidelio, Prometheus
Fantasia for Piano Chorus & Orchestra
Quartet in F minor (Mahler)
Reconstruction Adagio from Oboe Concerto
Reconstruction Adagio unknown Piano Concerto
Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra
Reconstruction of a Prelude & Fugue
 
Bellini
Oboe Concerto
 
Berg
Violin Concerto
 
Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique
Overture Le Corsair
Nuit d’été
 
Bernstein
Overture Candide
Candide Orchestra Suite
Overture West Side Story
Symphonic Dances
 
Beurden van
Pas de deux (World Premiere)
Requiem

Beytelmann
Que es un sopla la vida (World Premiere)

Bizet
Symphony No.1
Carmen Suite arr. by Schedrin
Jeux d’enfants
Carmen Fantasy (arr. Waxman)
Lárlesienne Suite
Arias from Carmen

Boccherini
Symphony in G 500
Cello Concerto in D and in B

Borodin
Symphony No. 2
Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances

Bottesini
Grand duo Concertante

Braga Santos
Concerto in D (Dutch Premiere)

Brahms
Symphonies No. 1 – 4
Concerto for Piano No. 1, 2
Concerto for Violin
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Haydn Variations
Serenade No. 1
Academic Festival Overture
Liebeslieder-Waltzes for String Orchestra
Hungarian Dances

Brandts Buys
Romantische Serenade
Sicilian Suite

Britten
Violin Concerto
Saint Nicholas Cantata
Simple Symphony

Bruch
Scottish Fantasy for Violin
Violin concerto

Bruckner
Symphony No.4

Buzarovsky
Piano Concerto

Chausson
Poeme (Violin solo)
Poeme de l’amour et de la mer

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1, 2

Cirri
Cello Concerto op. 14, No.6

Corelli
Weinachtskonzert op. 6

Damase
Concerto for Harp and Viola

Dean, Bret
Carlo (Dutch Premiere)

Debussy
La Mer
Prelude a L’Apres-midi d’un faune
Danses sacrée et profane

Van Deurzen
Sylvia (World premiere)
Tornado (World premiere)

Donizettti
Arias from Lucia di Lammermoor

Dukas
L’Apprenti Sorcier

Dvorak
Symphonies No. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Concerto for Cello
Concerto for Violin
Serenade for Strings
Serenade for Winds
Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Slavonic Dances op. 46
Carnival Overture
Notturno

Elgar
Enigma Variations
Concerto for Cello
Serenade for Strings
Pomp and Circumstance

Enriques
Concerto Barocco for 2 Violins

Escande
El Argentino (world premiere)

De Falla
Sept chansons populaires Espagnoles
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Dupuy
Concerto for Bassoon

Faure
Requiem
Elegie for Cello
Pavane

Ferrari
Serenade

Finzi
Clarinet Concerto
Dies Natalis

Firsova
Chamber Concerto No. 1

Fokkens
Journeys (world premiere)

Forsyth
Valley of 1000 hills

Francaix
L’heure du Berger

Franck
Symphony in d
Symphonic Variations

Franssens
Harmony of the Spheres

Fondse
Waterfront (world premiere)

Gade, Niels
Novelettes No. 2 op. 58

Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F
Rhapsody in blue
An American in Paris
By Strauss
Lullaby
Rialto Ripples
Variations on I got Rythm

Glazunov
Symphony No. 5
Novelettes op. 15
Violin Concerto
Concerto for Saxophone

Glière
Concerto for Horn

Glinka
Overture and Arias Russlan and Ludmilla

Gorecki
Three pieces in old style

Gossec
Christmas Suite

Granados
songs

Grieg
Piano Concerto
Peer Gynt Suite
Holberg Suite
Nordic melodies
Norwegian Airs

Elegiac Melodies

Guilmant
Organ Symphony

Hamburg, Jeff
A prayer and a dance

Handel
Messiah
Arias from Semele, Xerxes and Hercules
Organ Concerto in F
Zadok the Priest
Watermusic
Music for the Royal Fireworks

Hartmann
Chamber Concerto for Clarinet, String Quartet and Strings
Concerto Funebre for Violin

Haydn, J.
Symphonies  No 6, 7, 8, 22, 28, 43, 44, 45, 49, 64, 82, 83, 84, 85, 91,94, 96, 98, 100, 101, 103, 104
Cello Concerto C and D
Concertante for 2 Horns
Concerto for Trumpet
Concerto for Piano in G
Concerto for Flute in D
Concerto for Violin in C
Aria Arianne a Naxos

Haydn, M.
Vespers

Herold
Piano Concerto No. 1, 2, 3, 4 (premiere recordings)

Hofmeyr
Symphony No. 2 The elements (world premiere)
Double Piano Concerto (world premiere)

Holst
The Planets
St. Pauls Suite

Honegger
Concerto da Camera for Flute, English Horn and Orchestra

Hosokawa
Re-turning
Rain coming

Huber
Intarsi (Dutch Premiere)

Huyssen
Proteus Variations (World premiere)

Ibert
Divertissement
Concertino de camera
Hommage a Mozart
Concerto for Flute

Janacek
Ydilla

Jeths
Arcate  (Dutch Premiere)

Jevtic
Concerto No. 2 for Flute

Jolivet
Concertino for Trumpet, Piano & Orchestra

Kabalevsky
Piano Concerto

Khatchaturian
Concerto for Piano
Concerto for Violin

Kilar
Orawa

Klatzow, Peter
Prinses Magogo Songs (European premiere)
Organ Concerto (World Premiere)

Kleppe, Joost
Psyche (World Permiere)

Kodaly
Dances from Galante

Korngold
Violin Concerto

Kox
Violin Concerto No. 4 (world premiere)
Face to face, with saxophone

Kraayenhof
Desconcierto

Krommer
Clarinet Concerto

Lalo
Symphony Espagnole

Larsson
Horn Concerto

Liadov
Eight Russian folk songs

Lindberg
Arabenne

Liszt
Les Preludes
Piano Concerto No. 1
Malediction
Totentanz

Lutoslawski
Preludes and fugues

Maayani
L’Espirit Baroque Meditarraneen (world premiere)

Mahler
Symphonies No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7

Manfredini
XII Pastorale per Santissimo Natale

Martin
Trois Dances

Mascagni
Arias and chorus from Cavalleria Rusticana

McGowan
Electronic realms Ipad Concerto (world premiere)

Mc Millan
Seven last words from the Cross

Mendelssohn
Symphonies No. 1 – 4
Symphonies No. 7, 8, 9, 10
Violin Concertos E and D
Overture Hebrides
Midsummer Nights Dream (complete)

Milhaud
Concerto for Percussion
Concertino d’hiver

Mozart
Symphonies No. 1, 2, 5, 15, 22, 25, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
Piano Concertos 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27
Concertos for Violin No. 1 – 5
Concerto for Oboe
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds
Clarinet Concerto
Concerto for Bassoon in Bb
Concerto for Flute and Harp
Concerto for 2 Pianos
Don Giovani (full opera)
Requiem
Divertimenti K 136, 137, 138, 251
Arias Ch’io mi scordi di te, L’amero, Mentre ti Lascio, 
Per Questa bella mano, Misera,dove son
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Overtures Cosi fan tutte, Magic flute, Figaro, Don Giovanni, 
La Finta giardineria, Entführung
Symphony in D
Serenata Notturna K 239
Arias from Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni

Mussorgsky
Pictures at an exhibition (arr. Ravel)
Night on a bald mountain

Obradors
Songs

Offenbach
Cello Concerto militaire
Arias from the tales of Hoffmann

Olthuis
Capricho for Bassoon and Orchestra (premiere recording)

Orff
Carmina Burana

Paganini
Violin Concerto in D
Moses Variations

Panufnik
Old Polish Suite

Pärt
Symphony No. 4
Cantus in memorium Benjamin Britten
Fratres

Pergolesi
Stabat Mater

Piazzola
Two Tangos and Melody in A
Astorpia
Hommage a liege
Argentinian in Paris
Oblivion

Pijper
Concerto for Piano

Popper
Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello
Fantasy on Russian songs for Cello

Poulenc
Concerto for 2 Pianos
Concerto for Organ
Gloria

Price
Violin Concerto No. 2

Prokofiev
Classical Symphony
Symphony No. 5
Violin Concerto No. 1, 2
Piano Concerto No. 1, 2, 3
Sinfonia Concertante
Romeo and Juliet Suite 1, 2
Sinfonia Concertante for Cello
Cinderella Suite No. 3
Andante for Strings

Puccini
La Boheme (Full Opera)
Chrisantami
Arias from Tosca, Madam Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Turandot

Purcell
Sonata for Trumpet

Quantz
Flute Concerto

Rachmaninov
Symphonies No. 1, 2
Piano Concertos No. 2, 3, 4
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Romanze and Scherzo
Symphonic Dances
Vocalise

Ravel
Rhapsody Espangnol
La Valse
Quartet arranged for Strings
Piano Concerto G
Piano Concerto left hand
Bolero
Tzigane

Reinecke
Concerto for Flute
Concerto for Harp

Respighi
Ancient Airs and Dances

Rimsky Korsakov
Scheherazade
Arias from Tsar Saltan and Snegouricha
Capricio Espagnole
Overture on Russian Themes

Rodrigo
Concierto Madrigal
Concierto de Aranjuez
Fantasia par un Gentilhombre

Rossini
Barber of Seville (full opera)
Overtures Italian in Algiers, William Tell, La Cenerentola, TancrediLa Scala di Seta
String Sonatas No. 2, 3
Arias from La Cenerentola

Roukens
Percussion Concerto (World Premiere)

Roussel
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Saint-Saens
Symphony No. 3 Organ
Carnival of the Animals
Piano Concertos No. 1, 2
Cello Concerto No. 1
Introduction and Rondo Capricioso
Arias from Samson and Delilah
Wedding cake

Schnittke
Concerto for Piano
Moz-Art à la Haydn

Schoenberg
Verklärte Nacht

Schreker
Der Geburtsdag der Infantin

Schubert
Symphonies No. 3, 4, 5, 8, 9
Der Tod und das Mädchen (Mahler)
Rondo for Violin

Schumann, R.
Symphonies No. 2, 3 and 4
Piano Concerto
Cello Concerto
Violin Concerto

Scriabin
Symphony No. 2, 4
Piano Concerto op. 20

Shostakovich
Symphonies No. 1, 5, 7, 9, 10
Violin Concerto No. 1
Chamber Symphonoes op. 49a, op. 110a, op. 118a
Concerto for Piano No. 1, 2
Concerto for Cello 1, 2
Festive Overture
Suite on Finnish Themes
Elegy and Polka

Sibelius
Symphonies No. 2, 5
Violin Concerto
Finlandia
The Bard
Andante Festivo

Smetana
The Moldau

Stamitz
Clarinet Concerto

Strauss, J.
Overture and Arias from Fledermaus

Strauss, R.
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Don Juan
Ein Heldenleben
Four last songs, and other songs
Burlesque for Piano and Orchestra

Stravinsky
Le Sacre du printemps
Song of the Nightingale
Concerto in D
Violin Concerto
Dumbarton oaks
Danses Concertantes
Petrouchka 1947
Firebird Suite
Appolon Musagete
Pulcinella Suite

Suk
Meditation
Serenade

Talbot
The dying Swan

Taneyev
Symphony No. 4

Tartini
Sinfonia D

Tchalaev
Dagestan Songs

Tchaikovsky
Symphonies No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Piano Concerto No. 1
Violin Concerto
Overture Romeo and Juliet
Suite No. 4 Mozartiana
Serenade for Strings
Nutcracker Suite
Rococo Variations
Pezzo Capricioso
Swan Lake Suite
Serenade Melancolique
Souvenir de Florence
Meditation
Aria letter writing scene from Evgeni Onegin
Polonaise from Evgeni Onegin
Overture 1812

Vaughan Williams
5 Mystical songs
The lark ascending
Concerto for Oboe

Vasks
Plainscapes
Musica Adventus (String Quartet No.3 arr.)
Musica Dolorosa   

Verdi
Requiem
Overture Nabucco and La Forza del Destino
Arias and Choruses from Rigoletto, Nabucco, Aida, Attila, La Traviata, Il Trovatore

Vieuxtemps
Violin Concerto 4, 5

Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras
Ciranda for Bassoon

Vivaldi
Concerto Madrigalesco
Nisi Dominus
Bassoon Concerto
Double Concerto
Motet Nulla Pax Sincera

Wagemans
Licht (World première)

Wagner
Overture Lohengrin
Overture Tannhäuser
Overture the Flying Dutchman
Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde

Wassenaar, van
Concerto Grosso

Weiner
Divertimento op. 20

Wiren
Serenade

Wolf – Ferrari
Serenade

Zivkovic
Adagio for Oboe and Strings

Russian Mood
Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso op. 62
Glazounow Chant du Ménestrel op. 71
Davydov Sonntag Morgen op. 10 No. 1
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme op. 33
Tchaikovsky Nocturne op. 19 No. 4
Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile op. 11
Popper Fantasy on Little Russian Songs op. 43
Rachmaninov Vocalise op. 34 No. 14
Partners: Benjamin Kruithof, Violoncello, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
Ars Production 10678663 (2020)

Louis-Ferdinand Hérold – 4 concertos for Piano and Orchestra
Hérold
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E major
Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major
Piano Concerto No. 3 in A major
Piano Concerto No. 4 in E minor
Partners: Angeline Pondepeyre, Piano, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln
Talent Records 381020/381021 (2012)

Bram van Sambek – Fagottkonzerte
Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto RV 484
Dupuy Bassoon Concerto in A major
Villa-Lobos Ciranda das sete notas for Bassoon and strings
Olthuis Capriccio for Bassoon and strings
Partners: Bram van Sambeek, Bassoon, Sinfonia Rotterdam
Brilliant Records 1104164 (2009)

Grieg – Dvorak – Elgar
Grieg Holberg Suite op. 40
Dvorak Serenade for Strings in E major op. 22
Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 20
Partners: Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra
Telarc ASIN B0000DG01I (2008)

Shostakovich – The Barshai Arrangements
Shostakovich (arr. by Barshai)
Chamber Symphony in A-flat major op. 118a
Chamber Symphony in C major op. 49a
Chamber Symphony in C minor op. 110
Partners: Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra
Channel Classics EAN 5413969229729 (2007)

Beethoven World Premiere Recordings
Beethoven Oboe Concerto in F major Hess 12
Partners: Alexei Ogrintchouk, Oboe, Sinfonia Rotterdam
Raptus Records 302.02.01 (2002)

Rodrigo – Katona Twins
Joaquin Rodrigo
Concierto Madrigal
Fandango del Ventorillo
Tonadilla for two guitars
Serenata Española
Mañana en Triana
Sonada de Adios
Gran Marcha de los Subsecretarios
Danza de la Amapola
Partners: Peter und Zoltán Katona, Guitar, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra
Channel Classics CCS 16698 (2001)

Wilms: Symphony No. 6, Conrad van Alphen, Sinfonia Rotterdam

Haydn: Symphony No. 45 Farewell Symphony, Conrad van Alphen, Sinfonia Rotterdam

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 Winter Daydreams, Conrad van Alphen, Sinfonia Rotterdam

Brahms: Violin concerto in D major op. 77, Conrad van Alphen, Maxim Vengerov, Sinfonia Rotterdam

Shostakovich: Festive Overture op. 96 – Conrad van Alphen – Sinfonia Rotterdam

Holst: The Planets op. 31, Conrad van Alphen, Sinfonia Rotterdam

Haydn: Symphony No. 96 D major, Conrad van Alphen, Sinfonia Rotterdam

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Conrad van Alphen, Ekaterina Mechetina (Piano), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius: Finlandia op. 26, Conrad van Alphen, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

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