About Orlando Festival

This international chamber music festival, the oldest and largest in the Netherlands, was active from 1982 until 2022, with 40 editions of chamber music and educational programs. The festival was open to music lovers of all ages, amateurs and professionals. The heart of the festival was in Abby Rolduc, until the last edition, which took place in the cultural center (HuB) of Kerkrade, in the south of the Netherlands. This is where several festival activities took place, such as the music lessons, master classes, workshops, and concerts. The special formula of the festival, the high quality of the international ensembles and musicians, the beautiful festival location, the surprising music program, and the high accessibility of the festival for (amateur) musicians and visitors of all ages made the Orlando Festival one of a kind and appealing for many people. All concerts were performed by international chamber musicians and upcoming young talent.


The Orlando Festival was the oldest chamber music festival in the Netherlands and has been an important contributor to the development and promotion of chamber music in the Netherlands since 1982. The festival was founded by Stefan Metz, cellist of the Orlando Quartet. Since then, the Orlando Festival has built a great international reputation and has held a unique position as the only large chamber music festival in the south-east Netherlands. Varying groups of chamber musicians and a broad audience were brought together in a welcoming festival atmosphere.


The mission of the Orlando Festival was to promote chamber music in the broadest sense of the word. In the summer the Orlando Festival and the European Summer Course took place; in the winter the Orlando Ensemble Course was organized for local amateurs.

The festival had a great variety in visitors and participants: amateur musicians from all levels of proficiency and of all ages, students, professional chamber music ensembles, professional chamber musicians, coaches and visitors. The concerts, master classes and workshops attracted an audience the Netherlands and Europe.

The Orlando Festival contributed greatly to the musical field in the Netherlands by way of talent development, amateur ensemble playing and chamber music in general.

(National) Radio stations have broadcast the concerts of the festival on Dutch Radio (live) from Rolduc and other venues.

Recorded concerts were used to produce many CDs during the last eight years of the Orlando Festival. Four composer portraits of Oscar van Hemel, Hans Kox, Louis Andriessen and Rudolf Escher were released on the label Etcetera, which also issued 7 CDs with Gruppo Montebello, conducted by Henk Guittart, director/artistic leader from 2014-2022. See: https://www.etcetera-records.com/artists/gruppo-montebello/

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