Kaija Saariaho is viewed as one of the most important and versatile composers of today. The world’s most prominent orchestras, soloists and opera companies regularly perform her music to great acclaim. Between October 6 and 8, the New European Ensemble has organised and initiated a festival to celebrate Saariaho’s work, in tandem with some of The Hague’s most important cultural institutions.
The raw phenomena of Scandinavian nature such as the northern lights and crystals as well as a deep-seeded interest in poetry and ancient mythology have infused Saariaho’s work with a mystical character. These influences breathe life into musical worlds painted in startling new colours that have the ability to illuminate important issues of our time.
The New European Ensemble, The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest) and students from the NJO Summer Academy and the Royal Conservatoire will perform a large number of the composer’s greatest works. With a programme packed with concerts, premieres, public rehearsals, exhibitions and workshops, Saariaho Festival Den Haag promises to take you on a journey to discover Kaija Saariaho’s fascinating music.