’’Boomsma is a poetic storyteller’
Pianist Camiel Boomsma is praised by press and public for possessing a remarkable maturity and a extraodinairy beautiful and unique sound. His personal way of playing has brought him to many beautiful venues. Boomsma has performed at most of the important national concerthalls and at many prestigious international venues and series including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Schloss Elmau, the Meesterpianisten series in theater Heerlen, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, The Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, St John’s Smith square in London, and he performed live at television programmes such as VPRO’s ‘Vrije Geluiden’.
Camiel Boomsma has collaborated successfully with a number of renowned musicians, including pianist Severin von Eckardstein,with whom he has performed duo recitals. As part of an extensive solo recital tour through China, he performed in six prestigious concert halls – Shanghai City Theatre, Tanjin Grand Theatre, Harbin Concert Hall, Nanjing Arts Center, Chongqing Concert Hall and Chengdu Concert Hall. He has been invited to tour again. Boomsma is also a regular guest at international festivals. In 2018, he was one of the nominees for the Grachtenfestivalprijs. Camiel has performed at many festivals, such as the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam and the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht.
As a chamber musician, Camiel has performed in all possible formations with cellist Michael Stirling, musicians of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Joris van Rijn, ensemble Club Classique and violinist Joseph Puglia, among others. Currently, Camiel also has a duo with clarinetist Marieke Vos, with whom he set up the foundation ‘Stichting Mirantibus’ in 2020.
Camiel Boomsma’s ‘Wagner journey‘ has been highly praised worldwide. In 2013, he received a prestigious grant from the International Wagner Stiftung, which gave him the opportunity to visit Bayreuth to attend the Wagner Festspiele. He made his daring album debut that same year, for which he discovered many seldom performed piano transcriptions. He surprised press and public with his deep understanding for Wagner’s music at such a young age. His recordings ‘Transcriptions for piano’ and ‘Porazzi’ for Etcetera Records, received rave reviews in BBC Music magazine, Diapason, Trouw, NRC, De Volkskrant and many other publications.
For his album Musings in 2017, he chose poetic and romantic repertoire by Chopin and Schubert, which greatly impressed his audience in concert. This album was released on Challenge Records International and has been compared with recordings of Radu Lupu and Marc-André Hamelin. Leading Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant wrote: ‘Boomsma’s fingers have a velvet touch’.
His latest album Unfold, with works by Liszt and Schubert, was received by the press with great acclaim. ‘You‘re constantly holding your breath with this romantic magician, waiting for the next note to come.’ In June 2021 Camiel will release his new album ‘Rediscovered’ dedicated to the forgotten music of Dutch composer Gerhard Hamm (1835-1904). Camiel is currently also writing a book on music, which is due to be released in 2021.