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Tour Nesko 2021
During April, the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra would be playing concerts in 8 Dutch cities. Unfortunately, due to the situation regarding the Coronavirus the tour cannot take place. The board is doing its best to organize some concerts during August. They would very much like to invite you there. Keep an eye on the website and social media to stay informed!
With Tsjaikovksi, Dvorak, Joachim and Remy van Kesteren led by the inspiring conductor Stijn Berkouwer.

Joseph Joachim

Elegische ouverture opus 13


Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski

Violin concerto in D major


Remy van Kesteren




Stijn Berkouwer



Carla Leurs




August 27, 20:15  –  Openluchttheater Ede, Ede


August 28, 20:15  –  Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre, Den Bosch


August 29, 14:00  –  Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam


August 29, 16:30  –  Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam

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During it’s tour in 2021 the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by the young and energetic Stijn Berkouwer.


Stijn studied in Amsterdam and Berlin. He graduated in orchestral conducting with Lucas Vis as his teacher at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2011. Three years later, in 2014, he graduated at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Stijn began with playing the piano at young age. Besides playing the piano he also plays the double bass and bassguitar and he has much experience as a singer in numerous choirs.


In 2016 Stijn won the Anton Kersjes scholarship for young conductors. He participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and David Robertson. Stijn conducted Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Opera Zuid, Het Gelders Orkest and het Noord Nederlands Orkest and hij collaborated as an assistent conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra. Currently Stijn is the principal conductor of Symfonieorkest de Philharmonie in Amsterdam and the student orchestra Krashna Musika in Delft.

Nesko is very glad to have Stijn Berkouwer as it’s conductor in 2021!

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In 2021 Carla Leurs will play the solo in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto


Carla Leurs studied violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and later at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Julliard School, with Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein, among others.

Carla has won several prizes, including the 10th Jean Fracaix Councours and the APCAV prize for promising young musician.

As concertmaster of the Orkest van het Oosten, Carla often appeared on TV in the TV show Maestro. She recently made the choice to quit her permanent job as concertmaster and to focus on her career as a soloist. This year, Carla Leurs will be performing with Nesko in Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto. She has performed this piece many times before, which led to laudatory reviews!


The Dutcht Student Chamber Orchestra as a collective of heroes  in the brand new composition ‘Collective’


Remy van Kesteren is a Ductch harpist and composer. In 2010 he graduated with the highest distinction at the Utrechts Conservatorium with Erika Waardenburg as his teacher. Thereafter he studied with de famous harpist Isabelle Moretti at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique. Then he graduated summa cum laude for his master at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam.


Besides being a soloist, Remy also is a composer. Hij got his lessons in composing with Willem Jeths en wrote his own music with multiple music styles. The first album that contains his own work, besides works of other composers, is called Tomorrow Eyes. His newest album that only contains his own music but also his own singing and self-written texts is called Shadows. Remy played his own music during club tours and theater tours.

Freedom and crossing the boundries between genres are charecteristic for Remy’s music. This completely suits the theme ‘Nesko durft het aan!’ (‘Nesko dares!’) of this year’s project.


Nesko is very enthousiastic and honoured to collaborate with such a talented musical adventurer like Remy van Kesteren!

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Lunch concerts
During the tour, in addition to the regular evening concerts, lunch concerts are also given by the members of the Nesko in smaller chamber music ensembles.
During the rehearsal week, ensembles are formed that will give lunch concerts during the tour for groups of people that are less likely to come into contact with classical music. These concerts are given, for example, in a penitentiary institution, a primary school with special education and a psychiatric institution. Would you like the orchestra members of the Nesko to visit your organization to give a lunch concert? Please contact our orchestra chief at orkestchef@nesko.nl!

During the tour in April 2020 we would give lunch concerts at the following locations *:


Museum the Buitenplaats in Eelde
Reinier van Arkel in ‘s Hertogenbosch

Korte Vlietschool in Leiden
Bartimeus in Zeist
PI Torentijd in Middelburg


* Due to the measures regarding the Corona virus, these concerts could unfortunately not take place.