17 March
Cécile Huijnen – violin
Marieke Hopman – accordion

Cécile Huijnen and Marieke Hopman turn every concert into an experience: compelling music, interspersed with personal stories. Their playing style is expressive, virtuosic, and swinging, as well as playful and intimate. From Balkan folk music to Argentine tango and gypsy music, from sultry melodies with Jewish or jazzy influences to contemporary works, the duo arrange everything themselves for this unique combination.

Cécile Huijnen and Marieke Hopman both graduated summa cum laude from their conservatories and have been at the top of Dutch and international music life for many years. Cécile, concertmaster of Phion Orchestra until recently, frequently appears as a guest concertmaster and in solo and chamber music concerts. She is also active as a columnist, writer, coach, and keynote speaker. She gives presentations in the business community about verbal and nonverbal communication and is the presenter of the NTR radio program Diskotabel since January 2024. Her book KAK was released in 2021, of which the first print sold out within 6 weeks.

Marieke Hopman is one of the top accordionists in the Netherlands and an ambassador of her instrument. She has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during an open-air concert on the Museumplein in Amsterdam, appeared as a soloist and in chamber concerts at home and abroad, and is a principal subject teacher of accordion at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Cécile Huijnen and Marieke Hopman always create an intimate setting in their concerts in which they actively involve the audience, where anything is possible and everything is allowed -- a philosophy that fits Vriendenconcerten like a glove!

This concert is without intermission.  Following the concert, Cécile and Marieke will have a Q&A session with the audience and will present their CDs and the book KAK. 

Huijnen & Hopman

Béla Bartók
Six Romanian Dances

Astor Piazzolla
Café 1930

Antonín Dvořák
Songs my mother taught me,
opus 55 nr. 4

George Gershwin

Chiel Meijering

Igor Stravinsky
Chanson and Tango

Ernest Bloch
Abodah (a Yom Kippur melody)

Zoltán Kodály
Three Hungarian Dances