Tour Nesko 2022
During April and May, the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will be playing concerts in 8 Dutch cities. For the first time in its history The Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra is playing music by a female composer, Louise Farrenc. Besides this, works by Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and a new composition by Ramin Amin Tafreshi will be played. Keep an eye on the website and social media to stay informed!
The focus of Nesko is this year on diversity and inclusivity. This is done by being the first student orchestra in the Netherlands that plays a composition by Louise Farrenc. Strength is a central theme within this year’s programme. On one hand the strengt of women, who despite unequal treatment and critics by society, decided that they wanted to compose and made history. And on the other hand the strength of all the people who decided to follow their heart, like Ralph Vaughan Wiliams. But also the strength of nature, like Mendelssohn described in Die Hebriden. Finally the Nesko contributes to diversity through its collaboration with composer Ramin Amin Tafreshi, who combines the Iranian with the Dutch culture and emphasizes the strength of women in history. The Russian-Norwegian soprano Elizaveta Agrafenina will sing the solo part in this work.

Louise Farrenc

First Symphony in C minor


Felix Mendelssohn

Die Hebriden


Henriëtte Bosmans

Lead, Kindly Light


Ralph Vaughan Williams

Serenade in A minor


Ramin Amin Tafreshi

Through Windows of Desire



Stijn Berkouwer



Elizaveta Agrafenina






April 24 15:00

Sint-Nicolaaskerk, Sint Nicolaasga


April 25 20:15

De Oosterpoort, Groningen


April 26 20:15

Sint Janskathedraal, Den Bosch


April 27 15:00

Antonius van Paduakerk, Nijmegen


April 28 20:15

Geertekerk, Utrecht


April 29 20:15

Burgerzaal Stadhuis, Middelburg


April 30 20:15

Vredeskerk, Leiden


May 1 20:15

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam


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Stijn Berkouwer

During it’s tour in 2022 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 orchestras Krashna Musika in Delft and The Utrecht Student Choir and Orchestra in Utrecht.


Nesko is very glad to have Stijn Berkouwer as it’s conductor in 2022!

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Elizaveta Agrafenina

During it’s tour in 2022 the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will work together with Elizaveta Agrafenina as a soloist.


The Norwegian soprano, Elizaveta Agrafenina, was born in Yaroslavl, Russia and moved to Norway at an early age with her family. She started taking lessons in music and sang in choirs, often as a soloist. For a brief period of time, she toured with several rock and metal bands in Norway, before deciding to pursue a career in classical music.


She recently graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam under tutelage of Sasja Hunnego, Pierre Mak and Jan-Paul Grijpink. She previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.


Elizaveta’s career is divided in operatic, Lied and chamber music directions. She is a part of the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway and has since 2017 sung in several productions, such as Werther by Massenet and La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. Her recent success was in Germany at the festival Fränkische Musiktage, where she made a memorable performance of Edvard Grieg’s Haugtussa arranged for a string sextet with the famous violinist Ragnhild Hemsing. As a lied singer Elizaveta has given many recitals in various halls in The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, and Indonesia together with outstanding pianists such as Kiril Kozlovsky, Mariam Kharatyan, and Frans van Ruth.


Elizaveta founded the ensemble Bosmans & Beyond which has the aim to promote music by Dutch female composers. Together they will release a CD recording with music by the Dutch composer, Henriëtte Bosmans. Elizaveta has been awarded several scholarships to continue her musical development and honorary awards for her outstanding musicianship.


We are very happy that Elizaveta is part of Nesko 2022!

Ramin Amin Tafreshi

During it’s tour in 2022 the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra will play a composition commissioned by Ramin Amin Tafreshi.


Ramin Amin Tafreshi (1992) is an Iranian Composer and Pianist based in the Netherlands. In 2021, he got his Bachelor of Music from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he is currently studying for the master degree under the supervision of  Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx. 


Ramin in the first place is an observer and then, an expressive composer. With his music, he tells stories, expresses emotions, and reflects on society and his surroundings. He brings literature and drama, dance and theatre, and visual arts in combination with his music. As an Iranian composer, he is always searching for new ways to connect the cultures from east to west.


In December 2018, His composition, It’s the Voice that shall Remain won the Second Prize and The Audience Prize from the Alba Rosa Composition Competition. It was performed by Lilian Farahani and Amatis Piano Trio at The Royal Concertgebouw during Alba Rosa Viva Music Festival.


During Opera Forward Festival 2020, his short opera, IDIOSYNCRATIC (take a deep dive down) has been programmed as one of the talent operas at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Also, as his second collaboration with the Opera Forward Festival, he had the great chance to work together with opera director, Sjaron Minailo, on his second short opera, Saoshyant, that got the premiere of the first act during the Opera Forward Festival Online 2021.


In the Netherlands, Ramin’s works have been performed in music festivals such as Grachten Festival, Opera Forward Festival, Oranjewoud Festival, and Wonderfeel Festival by inspiring musicians such as Maat Saxophone Quartet, Amatis Piano Trio, Dudok String Quartet, Nachtlicht Ensemble and many more.

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!