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Camiel Boomsma’s musicianship is described by press and public as highly sensitive and profound. In his playing the emphasis lies on telling the musical story. Boomsma has performed at many major national and international venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, De Doelen concert hall in Rotterdam, De Philharmonie in Haarlem and in Shanghai City Theater, Nanjing Arts Center, Chongqing Concert hall and Chengdu Concert Hall as part of an extensive solo recital tour through China.

Camiel Boomsma distinguishes himself as a pianist with a sound of his own. He aims for traditional as well as original repertoire. When preparing for a recital he likes to look beyond the piano literature’s horizon, his love for transcriptions, most notably those of the music of Richard Wagner are an excellent example of this.

Noteworthy concerts in 2017 and 2018 are recitals at the Klavierfestival and Wagner Festspiele in Bayreuth and The Concert series at Schloss Elmau in Krün. Furthermore there will be numerous solo recitals in the Netherlands and abroad, and duo recitals dedicated to Debussy and Wagner for 2 pianos with world renowned pianist Severin von Eckardstein.

Boomsma has received great critical acclaim for his Wagner journey. Through solo transcriptions Wagner’s music becomes transparent and speaks to us in a refreshingand revealing way. His recordings for EtceteraRecords, Wagner transcriptions and Porazzi, published in 2015 and 2016, received raving reviews in BBC Music magazine (5 stars), Diapason (4 stars), Trouw, NRC, De Volkskrant, Luister Magazine, Classica and many more, and have been broadcasted extensively by France Musique, radio 4, Hr2Kultur and ORF. He has also performed live at television programmes such as VPRO’s  ”Vrije Geluiden” and Radio 4’s Spiegelzaal in the Concertgebouw.

Boomsma has recently signed with classical music label Challenge Records International, and his 3rd album is dedicated to two composers who valued the lyricism of the piano: Franz Schubert and Frédéric Chopin which was released in october. This album already received great attention with excellent reviews (4* De Volkskrant, highest rating in Pizzicato), live performances (live tv), and radio broadcasts (live performances, CD of the week).

He draws the mood from the very first note

De Volkskrant