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New notes for James Oesi

Are you a composer between 10 and 35 years old? Do you live or study in the Netherlands? Would you like your music to be performed during the Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music? Keep on reading!

Write for James Oesi
James Oesi is a virtuosic double bass player, who is very much involved in the classical repertoire, but also has a great interest in contemporary and experimental music. Besides his experiences as a guest musician in ensembles such as the ASKO|Schönberg, Ensemble Modern, Insomnio and Ives Ensemble, his solo performances are praised in The Netherlands and abroad. Do you feel challenged to compose a innovative piece for double bass? James Oesi is curious to see and hear your ideas.

The Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music invite young composers to write new compositions. Please submit a composition outline with a maximum of 1 minute. We would like to receive a score/PDF and a midi-file (MP3). A selection of the competing entries will be made in due course. Contenders will get the chance to work with James Oesi at the Reading Sessions, where selected entries will be performed and judged.

And what’s next?
Does James Oesi see potential in the excerpt? Do you get along well? Then there is a chance that you can complete your composition and have it premiered at the Grachtenfestival and have performances at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019 and November Music 2019 as well!


14 April 2019 Deadline for submitting first outlines and midi-files of a new composition.

TBA date in April 2019 Selection of entries for Reading Sessions by James Oesi and programmers of the three festivals

TBA date in April 2019 Reading Sessions in Splendor Amsterdam

1 May 2019 3 selected composers elaborate their outlines to a fully-fledged composition of approximately 5 minutes

1 July 2019 Deadline final score

9-18 August 2019 Premiere at the Grachtenfestival, Amsterdam

4-8 September 2019 Second performance at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht

3 November 2019 performance at November Music, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Gaudeamus presents, stimulates and supports new music by young music pioneers. The activities of Gaudeamus are internationally seen as leading the way in contemporary music and kickstart new developments in (composed) music. Gaudeamus scouts new talents worldwide and knows how to present the latest and most exciting new music of tomorrow to curious music lovers.

Visitors to November Music can fully enjoy today's eclectic musical landscape. The festival showcases the prominent composers of our time. Not to mention top-notch ensembles, jazz & world pioneers, sound installations, and interdisciplinary concerts.

The Grachtenfestival is all about music. Young musicians from all over the world surprise you with their own musical story. By keenly combining location and repertoire, the performances meet the highest of standards while being accessible all the same. Grachtenfestival is a unique experience for both audience and musicians.