Alba Rosa Viva! 2016
The second festival was held on October 2nd, 2016, also at the Leeuwenbergh in Utrecht. Special attention was given this time to the Dutch female composer Elisabeth Kuyper. She studied in Berlin with Max Bruch and founded and conducted female orchestras both in Germany ad the United States. Her pianotrio, as well as her sonata for violin and her songs were performed. A lecture was presented about her life and music.
Pieces by Max Bruch and by contemporary composers such as Willem Jeths, Jonathan Dove and Mathilde Wantenaar (winner of the 2014 composition prize) completed the programme. The musicians were Rosanne Philippens (violin), Nino Gvetadze (piano), Natalia Gabunia (violin), Ella van Poucke (cello), Melvyn Tan (piano), Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (clarinet), Karin Strobos (mezzo soprano), Martijn Cornet (bariton), Reinild Mees (piano) and the young pianist Laurens de Man.
The Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition prize was awarded to Jack Frerer for his composition “Last In, First Out” for clarinet, violin and piano, which was performed by Jelmer de Moed, Emma Rhebergen and Valentina Tóth.