Wibert Aerts, violin
Wilhem Latchoumia, piano


Karin de Fleyt, flute & piccolo
Peter Merckx, bass clarinet
Gaetan La Mela, percussion
Pieter Mellaerts, percussion
Mathilde Wauters, harp
Geert Callaert, piano
Antoine Maisonhaute, violin
Pieter Jansen, violin
Marc Tooten , viola
Jeanne Maisonhaute, cello
Jan Buysschaert , double bass


Balder Dendievel, oboe
Tomonori Takeda, clarinet
Francis Pollet, bassoon
Anthony Devriendt, horn
Quinten De Gelaen, horn
Simon Van Hoecke, trumpet
Bram Fournier, trombone
Wouter Loose, bass trombone


Koen Kessels
Stijn Saveniers


Kaija Saariaho: Graal Théâtre
Raphael Cendo: Corps


De Bijloke 2024


Het Laatste Bedrijf with the support of Gallop Tax Shelter

Two Flemish top ensembles and two top soloists from the contemporary music scene perform the two most spectacular concertos for ensemble and violin and piano respectively of recent decades.

With the title ‘Graal théâtre’, Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023) refers in her concerto unambiguously to the legend of King Arthur, Merlin and the knights of the Round Table. Metaphorically, too, she was inspired by the search for the Holy Grail. Jacques Roubaud’s book by the same name prompted her to do something that had long seemed impossible to her: write a violin concerto, a genre that “already counts so many moving and beautiful masterpieces”. With her tender language, she does full justice to both motifs.

In ‘Corps’, concerto for piano and ensemble by Raphaël Cendo (°1975), there is exuberant experimentation with gestures and clenched sound clusters that collide, burst apart and explode into space: Cendo seeks a saturation of musical form in his music scores in which the piano presides over a wild dance. The virtuosity that Cendo demands of the instrumental ensemble – in which each player is required to perform a spectacular solo part in its own right – rivals the waterfall of sound produced by the solo piano.