’’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’.
He has collaborated successfully with a number of renowned musicians which pianist Severin von Eckardstein with whom he performed duo recitals. As part of an extensive solo recital tour through China in 2017, he performed in 6 prestigious concert halls – Shanghai City Theater, 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 such as the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam and the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht. In 2018 Camiel was one of the nominees for the Grachtenfestivalprijs 2018.
As a chambermusician Camiel has performed in all possible formations with, among others, cellist Michael Stirling, musicians of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Joris van Rijn, ensemble Club Classique and violinist Joseph Puglia. He also performs as a duo regularly with clarinetist Marieke Vos.
Camiel Boomsma’s Wagner journey has been highly praised worldwide. in 2013 he received a prestigious stipendium of the International Wagner Stiftung which gave him the opportunity to visit Bayreuth to attend the Wagner Festspiele. The same year he made his daring album debut for which he discovered many seldomly performed piano transcriptions. He surprised press and public with his deep understanding for Wagner’s music for his young age. His recordings of Transcriptions for piano and Porazzi for Etcetera Records received many raving reviews in BBC Music magazine, Diapason, Trouw, NRC, De Volkskrant and many more.
For his album Musings he chose poetic and romantic repertoire of 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 of Liszt and Schubert was received by the press with great acclaim. ‘You continuesly hold your breath with this romantic magician, waiting for the next note to come.’
A new album with works of the forgotten Romantic Dutch composer Gerhard Hamm in collaboration with Challenge Records International is set for 2021. Camiel is currently writing a book ‘Brieven Aan De Meesters’, consisting of letters written to composers and poetic reflections on their repertoire to be released in 2021 by Uitgeverij IJzer.