Review Antillean Newspaper – Hotel Victoria

This review appeared on 15 January in the Antillean Newspaper (Antilliaans Dagblad) in Curaçao.

Duo Kraayenhof and Dobal presents **** Hotel Victoria
By Giselle Ecury
They already know each other since his arrival in the Netherlands in 1989, when he was a member of the quartet in which also Carel Kraayenhof played. Argentinian Juan Pablo Dobal and Carel Kraayenhof now release as a duo a cd in connection with a new theatre program. That cannot go by unnoticed. How beautiful it is to feel practically in every sound that they communicate via the music, complement and are tuned to each other.
Only four months after presenting in Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, the live album “In concert” by Carel Kraayenhof and harp player Lavinia Meijer, bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof and pianist /composer Dobal accomplish this theatre program: “Hotel Victoria”. The mere title immediately stimulates my imagination. Because who doesn’t remember the legendary “Hotel California” by the Eagles in 1976 – you know: such a lovely place, such a lovely face… you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Hotel Victoria too is a tribute to an existing hotel and the title of a tango from 1906, composed by pianist Feliciano Latasa. The famous Gran Hotel Victoria in Buenos Aires was a meeting place for many musicians and artists for decades. In those days they tried to find their fortune in this metropolis, because exactly there the tango seemed to become a frenzy. History taught us that by now the tango has indeed conquered the world. The Duo Kraayenhof and Dobal presents this title item more or less as a tribute to every hotel, because after a concert a hotel is a halting place for the traveling musician, a light house at the sea, but also a meeting place with other musicians. The bar invites to take the bandoneon out of the bag again or to open the old piano that is standing in the corner. To wake up the next morning in a place you don’t really recognize anymore. “The musicians life is a life of a ‘loco lindo’”. ‘Hotel Victoria’, arranged by pianist Horacio Salgan for his duo with guitar player Ubaldo de Lio, now gets “a different flavour” with the sound of the bandoneón.
Hotel Victoria
Behind every number hides a beautiful story, also behind the numbers written by Carel and Juan Pablo themselves. To stay in the hotel subject, the festive “Enny” is dedicated to Kraayenhof’s mother on the occasion of her 80th birthday. He often stays over her place, with pleasure, after concerts in the south of the country, “the best B&B of the south”.
But also in many other pieces a warm humanism appear, an eye for the abuses in the world which always exist, involvement. Thus originated “Frieda’s milonga” after a special meeting with Frieda Menco (90) who told Carel how she survived Auschwitz in the second world war and how she dedicated her long life to world peace, by speaking with young people all over the world about discrimination. “Charlotte” is dedicated to his sister in law who, in Groningen, stimulates the building of wheelchair friendly houses in the center of the city; and Juan Pablo describes in “Sudamérica” the continent where he was born and raised, a continent with rich natural resources, trapped between two oceans; prey of Spanish and Portuguese colonists by which two peoples, the Indians and the Africans, had to suffer.
Should you, by any chance, be in the Netherlands, check in for a night in this special Hotel. On February 6th the official cd presentation will take place during an afternoon concert at the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam. Tickets are for sale via: Via the website you can have a look in the agenda and read more information about the cd. But keep in mind: you can never leave…!

Extra concert Beauforthuis, Zeist (NL) 31jan

On Sunday January 31st there will be an extra concert from the duo Carel Kraayenhof & Juan Pablo Dobal, performing ‘Hotel Victoria’ at the Beauforthuis in Zeist, NL.
The concert will start at 17:30hrs.
Prior to the concert, during the intermission and after the concert you can enjoy delicious tapas.
Tickets are available via, or at the Heger en van den Berg (Voorheuvel 76 in Zeist, open on Monday afternoon and from Tuesday to Saturday).
More information via

The tapas are not included on the price of the concert ticket!
With a ticket for the concert you have access to the location, at the bar you can buy tapas and drinks.
For these concerts there are tapas available (at purchase), prior, during the intermission and after the concert. Some examples are, soups, quiches, and breads.
The café is open the entire day, the tapas bar opens at 16:00hrs.
It is only possible to reserve a table for after the concert (around 20:15hrs). The concerts are quite busy so it is not possible to reserve a table for during the concert.

Hotel Victoria concert in Tokyo

On February 23rd Carel Kraayenhof & Juan Pablo Dobal will perform a concert at the well known tango house El Choclo in Tokyo. Just as Carel’s great mentors, the tango maestros Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla, who during their lives performed several times in Japan, Carel is heading to this beautiful country to promote and perform tango.
It is great to be able to perform the new repertoire ‘Hotel Victoria’ for the Japanese audience. The concert starts at 19:30hrs!. For more information please visit our concert agenda page.


Official album release Hotel Victoria

Carel Kraayenhof & Juan P Dobal

February 6th is the official album release from the DUO cd Hotel Victoria.
The presentation of the first CD will take place during the afternoon concert at the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam. The concert starts at 14:00hrs.
For tickets and information visit:

Carel Kraayenhof concerts in South Korea

On February 26, 27 and 28 Carel Kraayenhof & Juan Pablo Dobal will perform during the prestigious festival ‘Pyeong Chang Winter Music Festival 2016’ in Pyeong Chang (South Korea). The talented Sangji Koh (from Seoul) shall be the guest performer during the concerts together with Carel and Juan Pablo.
This festival is part of the ‘Great Mountains Music Festival & School’ and is the winder version of the festival.
On the 26th and 27th of February the concerts will start at 21:30 hrs and on the 28th of February the concert will start at 12:00 noon.
Pyeong Chang, is a two hour drive from, where in 2018 the Winter Olympic Games will take place.

Pyeong Chang

Reviews Carel Kraayenhof & Lavinia Meijer

We have received two great reviews from the CD from Carel Kraayenhof & Lavinia Meier!
Music critic Hans Visser says it is the best from 2015!
On the magazine ‘Muziekwerld’, for the professionals in the music business and actors, another great review was printed.

recensie Carel en Lavinia NTB

recensie Carel en Lavinia 2015

Happy 2016! – Carel Kraayenhof

We wish you all a beautiful, healthy and inspirational 2016!
It promises to be great year. I’d like to share with your a quick year overview!
On the first month of the year we will bring out our, long waited, new DUO CD ‘Hotel Victoria’. The CD is full of amazing folklore music from different parts of Argentina. Carel and Juan Pablo have both composed several pieces for this CD.
The CD is now available for our fans via our website and soon will be available in stores and online.


For the second time in his career, Carel will perform in South Korea, this will happen in February. This time he will perform the program Hotel Victoria together with Juan Pablo Dobal. The concert will take place in Pyeongchang, where the classical music festival ‘Great Mountains Music Festival’ takes place. Prior to this concert they shall give a concert in Tokyo, Japan, in a small tango cafe where several tango maestro’s have performed in the past (for more details see our concert agenda).
Further, in February Carel will perform a couple of times together with Lavinia Meijer.
On May the 5th, Carel will be present in Klingenthal, Germany, as a jury for the bandoneon competition. Not he 7th he will perform there together with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble. This concert was planned for 2015, but due Carel being sick at that time, the concert (and the trip to Germany) had to be postponed.
On the 2nd of September the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble will, most likely, perform during the prestigious, and well known, festival ‘Musikfest Bremen’ in Germany.

That is a quick overview of our year! Are you also looking forward to what 2016 will bring? Share it with us on Carel Twitter or Facebook page.

Philharmonie Zuidnederland Carel Kraayenhof

Each ear the Philharmonie Zuidnederland gives a couple of new year’s concerts in the south of The Netherlands.
Also this year they have put together a great repertoire and Carel has been invited to join them as soloist. The Uruguayan conductor Gisele Ben-Dor shall conduct the concerts.
Back in 2008 Carel and Gisele have worked together during concerts in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The two have great chemistry on stage, therefore we are sure that the concerts will be a great success. Carel is looking forward to the concerts.

5 jan. Helmond Theater ’t Speelhuis
7 jan. Waalwijk Theater De Leest Waalwijk
8 jan. Maastricht Theater aan het Vrijthof
9 jan Heerlen Theater Heerlen

Philharmonie Zuidnederland