Delft Chamber Music Festival

The eighteenth edition of this classical music festival takes place between July 25 and August 3 2014.
You may have seen the free pop-up concert on June 122014, when the Berlage Saxophone Quartet played outside TU Delft’s library.

That was just a taste of what is to come.“The festival is now internationally known for the high level of the musicians, the passion of the performances, and the unique approach to the music without losing sight of tradition,” according to the website.

Most performances are held in and around the historical Prinsenhof Museum, but there will also be a free open air concert on the Delft market square with highlights from the opera repertoire. New this year is the musical chairs concerts, where you can travel between three locations for three different performances. Several picturesque churches in Midden-Delfland are venues, as are TU Delft’s library, botanical gardens and architecture building.

Musicians come from all corners of the globe for the ten day festival at the invitation of artistic leader, Liza Ferschtman, many of which are internationally renowned. “There will be three brand new compositions to hear, written especially for the festival, a number of Dutch premieres and a lot of special chamber music, from well-known to newly discovered gems!” states the brochure. “The theme this year is ‘ik zie, ik zie’ which is to do with the relation of the artist to his surroundings and audience,” says Ernest Loot, managing director.  

Tickets range from €1 to €39. There are discounts for Delft pass and CJP card holders. Students under the age of 29, and CJP card holders, are also able to buy last minute tickets for €7.50 an hour before performances that aren’t sold out. So you don’t have to break the bank. “Prices are set for a reason, you get a quality performance. It’s like getting to see the Champions League but on summer holiday,” jokes Loot. “Students have a good chance of getting the cheap last minute tickets though, last year only three out of fifteen performances were completely sold out,” he adds.

“Every year there’s something different,” says Loot, “and this year I’m most looking forward to the vis-à-vis special performance at the old army museum, which is a meeting between the audience and performer, one-on-one, which is exciting. It’s more of an experience than a performance, a bit of an experiment!”

For more information, ordering tickets and the full programme see and

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