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

New work space in Amsterdam!

Since mid September Thriza Lourens (manager and producer van Carel Kraayenhof) works two and a half days each week at the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Office H247 is a great place in the middle of the city centre, on the canal, right next to an area known as ‘the nine streets’. It is a place for inspiration and creation. On September 30th Thirza celebrated her birthday there with coffee and cake!
Herengracht 247

On the past months she had to drive often up and down between the Beemster and Amsterdam for meetings, etc.. So when the offer came about for this flex office, she grabbed it straight away. Sharing a beautiful office with creative people also fits in perfectly with our vision of ‘new business’.
For the time being, Thirza does not have specific days of the week (or weekend) when she will be in Amsterdam.

Lavinia Meijer & Carel Kraayenhof Live In Concert

Press release
Lavinia Meijer & Carel Kraayenhof release a live CD
On the past few years harpist Lavinia Meijer and bandoneón player Carel Kraayenhof have met several times on festivals and concerts. On the stairs of the artist café at Carré Amsterdam the idea popped out: ‘Let’s sit together, play a bit and see if we can come up with a concert repertoire.’ The concerts that quickly followed that idea were a great success and most of them sold out. Thus the idea of recording a live album together. “In Concert”, was recorded on the 7th and 9th of September of this year at Tivoli Vredenburg (NL) and will be available in stores on October 9th!

The choice for a live recording was certain one. Both musicians were filled with the warmth of the audience. Those moments can only be registered with a live recording. In one of the songs a mistake was made. This “mistake” sounds actually better than the notes which were on the paper, so we decided to keep it, and it sounds like it was meant to be.

The repertoire consists of milongas, tangos and other beautiful Argentinean, Spanish and Italian compositions from Piazzolla, Bacalov and Morriconne (among others) and three compositions from Carel Kraayenhof himself; one of them is the tribute to his three legged cat ‘Witneus’. Lavinia Meijer makes het debut as composer with het tribute to her niece, who was borne last year, Hello Stranger.
In total the album consists of 15 compositions, one of which is an impressive interpretation of Piazzolla’s three piece Historie du Tango. The already warm sounds from the harp and the bandoneón complete and strengthen each other in this beautiful, passionate repertoire. Kraayenhof and Meijer have made special arrangements to pretty much every piece because for this unique combination of instruments there are no already written compositions.
The photos for the album were taken by ‘Zilveren Camera’ winner, Peter van Breukelen. The author Abdelkader Benali wrote a poetic story line about music, longing and coming home.
On the next months Meijer and Kraayenhof will perform this repertoire is several locations. Most concerts are sold out. For the complete agenda please visit:
management: Thirza Lourens 0299.690821,
management: Eric van ’t Groenewout 06.24862308,

Newsletter 25 aug.

Dear friends and colleagues,
After a great summer where we followed a beginners yoga course with Johan Noorloos at the ‘de Nieuwe Yogaschool’ in Amsterdam and then enjoyed a few sailing days in Friesland (NL) we are back home in the Beemster.
We hope that you are also looking forward to the new theater season.

‘Lavinia & Carel Live in Concert’
This is the title from the new CD that will be presented on the 10th of October at the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven. On the 7th and 9th of September at 20:00 hrs we will record live at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Do you want to be part of the enthusiastic audience, and support Carel and Lavinia during the recording sessions?
Sign up ( and receive free tickets to a very special evening.

Carel solo
foto: Emil de Jong

Specially for this CD we have asked the talented writer Abdelkader Benali to write a story in the CD booklet. What the story will be, we don’t know yet, but he will let himself be inspired by Carel and Lavinia’s music. On the CD there will be pieces from Piazzolla, Albeniz, Morricone and Kraayenhof, among others.

The theater show ‘Liberación’ in Haarlem and Heerlen
On the 4th of September the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble will give a concert at ‘Het Kruispunt’ in Vooschoten. The ensemble will play songs from the theater show ‘Liberación’.
Unfortunately the theater show ‘Liberación’, with it’s unique uneven floor, video wall and beautiful light decor designed by Uri Rapaport, will only be performed twice this season. For these shows you can reserve your tickets by clicking on the following links:
19 November Munttheater Weert (
28 November Philharmonie Haarlem (

We wish you a great end of the summer. Maybe we will meet up soon in one of our next concerts. In mid September you will receive, together with our newsletter, a link to download a special composition by Carel (including music sheet for piano).

Carel & Wouter Hamel
On Thursday 27th of August we will finally be able to see on TV to whom Carel and Wouter play a romantic song to during ‘Linda’s Zomerweek’ (RTL 4 – NL). Last summer Carel and Wouter have recorded this song, and now you can download it via iTunes ( for only €1,29.

Own webshop and Spotify
Often we are asked where people can buy our CDs. For the ones who have not visited our website lately, we have our own webshop ( . Here you can order CDs, with an option to ask for a autographed one. Most CDs can also be downloaded via the webshop ( .
Carel can also easily be found on Spotify! You can just add him to your playlist.

Warm regards,
Carel and Thirza

‘Lavinia & Carel Live in Concert’

‘Lavinia & Carel Live in Concert’,
This is the titel from the CD that will presented on the 10th of October at the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven (NL).
On the 7th and 9th of September (at 8:00pm) there will be live recordings for this special CD at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Do you want to be part of the enthusiastic audience? Please sign up via the following link: LINK IS NO LONGER VALID
Specially for this CD we have asked the fabulous writer Abdelkader Benali to write a story to complement our CD booklet. What the story is, we don’t know yet; but he will let himself be inspired by the music that Lavinia and Carel play together.
On this CD we will record pieces from Piazzolla, Albeniz, Morricone, Kraayenhof, among others.
Lavinia en Carel

Carel & Wouter – download

As of the 24th of August you can download the number that Wouter Hamel and Carel Kraayenhof presented during ‘Linda’s Zomerweek’, a program from the Dutch TV channel RTL4.
The song is called: ‘Une Belle Historie’ from Michel Fugain

Wouter Hamel ##

You can get it on iTunes (for only €1,25):
Or you can listen to it on Spotify:

Concert 28 August SOLD OUT

The concert from Carel Kraayenhof and Juan Pablo Dobal on a roof in Amsterdam North on August 28 is SOLD OUT!

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