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November Music 2012 will feature Robin de Raaff as Composer in Residence
November Music is an international music festival based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and is renowned for its cutting edge programming of new music. The 2012 edition of November Music will feature Robin de Raaff as Composer in Residence, with a focus on his ensemble works as well as his larger chamber music works.
De Raaff's music will be a thread throughout this five-day festival and will be programmed in the many different locations, such as churches, concert halls and theaters, in the city of 's-Hertogenbosch.

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Robin de Raaff to be composer in residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz in 2011
Robin de Raaff has been invited by esteemed festival director and conductor Marin Alsop to be composer in residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Sata Cruz, California. Ms. Alsop will conduct his orchestral work Entangled Tales on August 13th with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Entangled Tales is one movement of a not yet finished larger work called Tanglewood Tales.
In January 2012 this larger complete work, Tanglewood Tales, will be performed with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw under the baton of Ms. Marin Alsop as part of the renowned Matinee series in the Concertgebouw.
Originally Entangled Tales was a commission by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and it was premiered by the BSO in 2007 at Tanglewood conducted by Ludovic Morlot for an audience of 8.000 people.
Both Robin De Raaff and Marin Alsop are Tanglewood Alumni.
The Netherlands Opera commissions De Raaff to write an opera about Marilyn Monroe for June 2012
After the success of his first opera RAAFF, The Netherlands Opera commissioned De Raaff to write his second opera about Marilyn Monroe, to be premiered in a coproduction with the Holland Festival. For a few years, just like with his first opera RAAFF, Robin de Raaff had regular brainstorm sessions with Pierre Audi to develop a personal view on the matter from the perspective of a composer. Since a year now, De Raaff has been working on his second opera together with libretto writer Janine Brogt, who also wrote the libretto for his first opera RAAFF. The libretto will be written in English. Lotte de Beer will be the director and the role of Marilyn Monroe will be sung by Laura Aikin. Staging will be created by Clement & Sanou.
Musicians who will participate in this world premiere production are a.o.: Steven Sloane conductor, Singers: Laura Aikin, Maria Kowan, Hendrikje van Kerckhove, Dale Duesing, Tom Randle, Gidon Saks, John Tessier, Alain Coulombe, Daniel Belcher and David Q Lee.

The world premiere will be in the Stadschouwburg of Amsterdam, June 2012, The Netherlands Opera in coproduction with The Holland Festival. International coproductions are still in state of negotiation.

For more information (English and Dutch available)
Composition Commission issued to Robin de Raaff by the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra
Developing, daring to be different, and achieving outstanding musical goals with passion! To this end, the orchestra fosters and challenges talented young musicians on their way into the future, offers musical experiences in tune with  the times and provides key impulses. For budding professional musicians, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is a vital addition to their music academy studies. The students experience high-level orchestral work with some of the most renowned conductors, soloists, and instructors. In addition, various committees and workshops give them non-musical skills essential to their future professional lives. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie collaborates with professional orchestras, music academies, and experts from a wide variety of fields. Since its founding in 1974 the orchestra has boasted a modern repertoire issuing numerous composition commissions. In 2011 the JDPh is planning to commission Dutchman Robin de Raaff. The point of departure here was an invitation by the Alte Oper Frankfurt as part of a composer portrait dedicated to George Benjamin. Robin de Raaff was Benjamin’s first and, for a long time, only student. The work will feature in the program of the JDPh’s summer tour.

September 2011
Berlin, Frankfurt, Gütersloh, Kiel, Locarno, Meran, Witten

Further Information:
Winner Buma Toonzetters Prize 2009 Violin Concerto selected as best Dutch composition of 2008  
On August 30, 2009 Robin de Raaff received the Buma Toonzetters Prize for his Violin Concerto. The international jury praised the work for its "great virtuosity" and named the piece "very expressive and rich in sound".
The Violin Concerto was dedicated to conductor Jaap van Zweden, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en violinist Tasmin Little, that premiered the composition.
This premiere took place in the ZaterdagMatinee of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam om December 6th 2008.
De Nederlandse Opera commissions De Raaff to write a new opera for June 2012
After the success of his first opera RAAFF, De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) commissioned De Raaff again to write his second opera. The world premiere will be coproduced with the Holland Festival (HF) and is scheduled for June 2012. For a few years Robin de Raaff had regular brainstorm sessions with Pierre Audi (artistic director of both DNO and HF) in order to develop the composition further. This process has proven its success with De Raaff's first opera RAAFF.

The full artistic team and cast, and also the performance dates will be announced at DNO's press presentation of the 2011-2012 season which is scheduled for February 2011.

Newly released Opera CD RAAFF Received 4 out of 5 Stars
After the success of De Raaff's portrait CD 'Orchestral Works' on record label Etcetera his opera RAAFF has now been issued on CD with the full libretto. It received 4 out of 5 stars in the weekly CD review of 'De Volkskrant', one of the largest Dutch national newspapers.
RAAFF was commissioned by De Nederlandse Opera and the Holland Festival and was premiered in 2004 featuring soloists soprano Danielle de Niese and tenor Marcel Reijans.

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra commissions Cello Concerto

Robin de Raaff has been commissioned by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to write a Cello Concerto for the principal Cellist Marien van Staalen, for the 2011/12 season. This world premiere will be programmed together with a performance of De Raaff's personal favorite work, Das Lied von der Erde, and the concert will be conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

American premiere in upcoming Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music

De Raaff’s Quartet Un visage d’emprunt has been selected by composer in residence Augusta Read Thomas who is the Artistic Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music in Tanglewood this summer. His Quartet will be performed on 9 August 2009 in the Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood.
Un visage d’emprunt was originally written for James Campbell, Moshe Hammer, Tsujoshi Tsutsumi & Rian de Waal and past performances include the Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto, International Music Festival Takefu in Japan, CBC Festival in Parrysound in Canada, Kleine Zaal in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and a concert-tour throughout the Ukraine.

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ZaterdagMatinee commissions De Raaff to write a new Concerto for the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra

The internationally renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet will give the World Premiere of De Raaff's new Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra with the Radio Chamber Philharmonic in the upcoming 2010/11 ZaterdagMatinee Series in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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