There will be many performances of three major works by Joey Roukens in the month of February. The first piece, Boundless, is a commission from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and an homage to the great composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth. The piece will have its world premiere on Feb. 8 at the Concertgebouw, followed by two more performances on Feb. 9 and 11.
A string orchestra version of Visions at Sea (originally for string quartet) will be performed by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on Feb. 10 and on Feb. 17 in Leiden.
Finally, In Transit will be performed as part of the ballet series Made in Amsterdam 1 at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Made in Amsterdam 1 & 2 consist of recent works choreographed especially for the company, and In Transit will be presented as part of this series on Feb. 11, 19, 21, and 24, followed by two more performances in March.
Current and future projects
Roukens is currently busy working on a double piano concerto for the Jussen brothers for the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest which will be performed during the ZaterdagMatinee series. There will also be several upcoming performances of his Percussion Concerto with Colin Currie as soloist – in April with Sinfonia Rotterdam in De Doelen, and in May with the Gelders Orkest.
In addition, there are several future commissions which are currently being developed. These include a string quartet commission by Festival OModernt in Sweden, a piece for wind quintet for the Orlando Quintet, a piece for the Cello Biennale 2018, and a string quartet for the String Quartet Biennale 2020.