Despite these turbulent times and corona restrictions,  our annual Toetsenparade will take place on the 30th and 31st of October 30th and 1st of November.

With 4 programs over 7 concerts and 9 instruments, this year’s Toetsenparade is even grander than the years before. This despite keeping strict enhanced corona measures, with no more than 20 tickets sold per concert and audience members seated 2m apart from one another. 

TOETSENPARADE is a parade of keyboard instruments. It’s not just about the popular piano, nor just the piano and its predecessors, but a wide selection of keyboard instruments including some that seldom feature on the concert stage.

The festival starts with “Bach, Beer and Beethoven”: a classic concert with music of two of the pillars from western msusic. The concert will be performed by the young Nikolai Martynov on harpsichord and Keiko Shichijo, who just released a beautiful CD of Beethoven’s music, on the Broadwood fortepiano. And, of course, we will also offer a matching beer because it is Friday evening after all!

Saturday evening you can enjoy the beautiful playing of Menno van Delft. Featuring both his Claude Labrèche harpsichord copy by Bernd Fischer and an original clavichord by Kraemer & Söhne, the program will show the multi-facets of these special instruments with music both old and new, and perhaps a mini-surprise?

On Sunday afternoon, Celia García-García, official “celestist”, will be in the spotlight on the celesta. Normally this modest instrument is hidden in the orchestra but on this occasion it will be the star of the show. Prepare for an afternoon of upbeat, celestial and popular classical music.

As a final concert, “Keyboard Extravaganza” will take place on Sunday evening by the duo Ere Lievonen and Anne Veinberg unique who both play multipple keyboard instruments. In this colourful program, no less than 6 keyboard instruments will be on the stage. With repertoire from the romantic period to today, on both larger instruments as well as their small cousins (toypiano and melodica), this closing concert is a feast for keyboard instrument fans.

Come join us for a keyboard festival like no other, our TOETSENPARADE 2020.

Please note: All corona measures are followed and enhanced. We will place seating 2 meters apart and masks must be worn upon entering the building. You may take off your mask upon finding your seat although we encourage guests to keep them on throughout. In addition, our space is large and with extra high ceilings. We will be both ventilating the space and disinfecting the seats between concerts.

A drink is included in the price of your ticket and will be brought to you at your seat. This so as to limit contact with others and queues. We would also like to ask you to buy a ticket in advance. If you cannot come for Corona-related reasons, such as not feeling well, we will gladly exchange your ticket for a voucher for one of our next concerts.

Program of the Festival Toetsenparade 2020

Friday 19.00 and 21.00 Bach, beer en Beethoven
Nikolai Martynov (harpsichord) and Keiko Shichijo (fortepiano)

Saturday 19.00 and 21.00 The resounding clavichord and harpsichord
Menno van Delft (clavichord and harpsichord)

Sunday 15.00 Celestial Music
Celia García-García (celesta)

Sunday 19.00 and 21.00 – Keyboard Extravaganza
Ere Lievonen and Anne Veinberg (piano, harpsichord, organ, toypianos, melodica, celesta)


Tickets when ordering online:
Prices include a drink

1 concert: 17,50€ /15€ (Stadspas/65+/CJP/Studens)
2 concerts 27€ / 22.50€
4 concerts 45€ / 40€

Location: Werkgebouw Het Veem, van Diemenstraat 410 1013 CR Amsterdam

This festival is made possible by:

Nikolai Martynov

Keiko Shichijo. Photo by Philip van Ootegem

Menno van Delft. Photo by Guillermo Brachetta

Celia García-García. Photo by Bob Bruyn

Ere Lievonen. Photo by Michel Marang

Anne Veinberg. Photo by Rob van Loon