Mark Delaere and pianist Jan Michiels will give a lecture-recital (in Dutch) as an introduction to this programme.
Since beginning his artistic career, Jan Michiels has done everything possible to immerse his audiences in the richness of 20th- and 21st-century music, especially piano music. In this sense he’s a Festival 20·21 ‘partner in crime’. So of course he had to include some new classics like Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis. Michiels undoubtedly knows what to do with the piece, given that Bach’s music too is running through his fingers and his heart.
Mark Delaere is professor of Musicology at KU Leuven. He researches and teaches about music of the 20th and 21st century. In October 2020, the book he put together on request of MATRIX [New Music Centre] Een kleine muziekgeschiedenis van hier en nu [A brief history of here and now] (Pelckmans) will be published. The book is meant to inform a broad audience of recent developments in classical music since 1950.