Welcome to the Stiftfestival!


Daniel Rowland
Artistic Director Stift Festival

Here you will find many photos and videos of the last couple of years, lots of background information about the festival and of course everything about the upcoming summer festival. Our festival theme for 2016 is FREEDOM. In life as in the arts surely freedom is of supreme importance: freedom to experiment, freedom to break barriers, to take risks, to dream.


The boundless virtuosity of Gipsies, the beauty of a birdsong, improvisation, the circus, Brahms’ motto ‘Frei aber einsam’ (free but lonely), dance, the free elements; all these aspects of musical freedom and more will feature on the festival.

As usual during Stift you will hear famous works from the repertoire such as the glorious Octets by Schubert and Mendelssohn, Piano quartets by Brahms and the Poulenc Sextet beside new, adventurous, experimental works: Palestrina juxtaposed with Scelci, Vivaldi Concertos alternated with composition for Ud and strings by Joseph Tawadros, Purcell next to Webern).


Beside an outstanding array of international string, wind and piano soloists from all over the world (it would take too long to sing everyones praises here, but let me say how exited I am these people will be at the same place at the same time!)  the festival is happy to present Marcelo Nisinman and Joseph Tawadros, virtuosi on the bandoneon and Ud (and both composers of great originality) and overtone singer Gareth Lubbe. Expect a late night Jam session after a spiritual evening of Bach, Vasks and Pärt, Gipsy songs and dances by candlelight, Piazzolla classics beside premieres by Marcelo Nisiman. The O/MODERNT Quartet ITS Dutch debut, and in the Stift New Generation programme some of the most striking up and coming artists on the international scene.


Respect for tradion coupled with a boundless inquisitiveness and desire to push boundaries is what defines the Stift Festival. You are welcome in beautiful Twente, join us for the most intimate and atmospheric chamber music festival in the Netherlands!


– Daniel Rowland