monuments #7: jubilee concert matteo imbruno

7 May 2022

Since May 1997, Matteo Imbruno is the titular organist of Amsterdam’s oldest concert hall, the Oude Kerk. For over a quarter of a century, he has been playing here. We celebrate this with a jubilee concert in which he plays music by three of his favourite composers: Johann Sebstian Bach, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Girolamo Frescobaldi. Jacob Lekkerkerkerker joined Imbruno in 2013 as titular organist and will be contributing to the celebration with a series of organ improvisations during the concert. 

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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Fantasia in a
Polish Dance

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Toccata per l’elevazione

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto for harpsichord, strings and basso continuo
(BWV 1054, arrangement for organ solo: Bernhard Winsemius)

Improvisations by Jacob Lekkerkerker

Matteo Imbruno (1964) studied organ in Bologna (Liuwe Tamminga), Rotterdam (Bernard Winsemius) and Lübeck (Martin Haselböck). Since 1997 he has been the titular organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the same position that Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck held in the 17th century. As a concert organist, he has played at the most prestigious festivals and music centres in Europe, Japan, South America and the United States. He has been a guest teacher at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, University of Rosario, University of Mendoza (Argentina), Arizona State University and Brown University (USA). Matteo Imbruno is artistic director of the International Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Organ Competition in the Oude Kerk and the Fondazione Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo in Pistoia.

Jacob Lekkerkerker (1975) studied organ in The Hague and Lyon (with Loïc Mallié), art history and philosophy in Amsterdam, and composition at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been the titular organist of the Oude Kerk since 2013. He was winner of the National Organ Improvisation Competition, the Jur Naessens Prize (Bimhuis), the Prix Englert-Marchal and the Sweelinck-Müller Prize. He performs at major organ festivals such as Organ Reframed, London and Toulouse les Orgues and works as an organist and composer with artists from many genres, such as percussionist Leonard Eto, composer Nicolas Jaar, and artist duo Children of the Light: recently at MU Hybrid Art House in Eindhoven and Paradise Row Galleries, London.

music in the oude kerk
The Oude Kerk is not only the oldest building in Amsterdam, it is also the oldest music temple in the city. It is a place in which musical traditions have been created, passed on and renewed for over 700 years. In the Silence music series, musicians explore the acoustics of the Oude Kerk with both contemporary music and older repertoire. In the Saturday evening series Monuments, leading organists from the Netherlands and abroad play music by composers in whose oeuvre the organ occupies a central position. Playing the Cathedral is an annual residency programme in which nationally and internationally renowned musicians are invited to create new work especially for the church space. In the Oude Kerk, you get to hear well-known masterpieces in new ways and pioneering works by living legends. The concert is organized in collaboration with Amsterdam cultural platform Subbacultcha.