Upcoming Concerts

Wednesday 11 September 2019, at 19:00 hrs. Pianohaus Neufield, Pfungstadt (DE).
Concert with violist Babette Andruk and Pianist Sabine Simon.
Programma i.e. Händel Halvorsen - Passacaglia, Liszt- Romance oublée, Liszt La lugubre gondola, David Popper - Hungarian Rhapsody.

Benefitconcert for the family of the suddenly deceased Pianist Yuri Blinov, Collega professor of the International Summer Course 2016 in Schlitz (Germany).

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Thursday 12 September 2019, Afternoon. Kleine Saal, Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt (DE). Masterclass Chambermusic

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Friday 27 September 2019, 19:00 Evangelische Kirche Haan (DE)
Kulturring Haan: Pamela Smits & Friends

Concert Valley of Romantiscm with Tim Brackman - violin, Giles Francis - viola and Tobias Borsboom - piano. Program: Mozart - Piano quartet in g minor, Liszt - Trio Tristia, Strauss stringtrio and Schumann- Pianoquartet


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Friday 4 October 2019, 20:15 Zuiderkerk Amsterdam (NL). 
Concert Collin's Triad together with Michael Collins - Clarinet and Tobias Borsboom - Piano.

Program with Schumann - Märchenerzählungen, Carl Frühling - Trio opus 40 and Beethoven trio Opus 38 (arrangment by Beethoven of the Septet Opus 20)


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Concert series 'Vriendenconcerten'

Pamela Smits is founder of the concert series Vriendenconcerten and artistic director of Foundation Vriendenconcerten since 2013. See below for Archive previous seasons.

The 7 concerts of this series takes place at the beautiful 17th century church, the Zuiderkerk in the heart of old Amsterdam. 

First upcoming concert of season 2019-2020:
: Saturday 11 November 2019, at 20:00 hrs. 

Poster Credit Patrick Keeler

In a ‘true-to-life program’, two great young talents will play together with four acclaimed musicians in the beautiful but challenging string sextet by Dvořák.

Fourteen-year-old Thomas Prchal is not only talented as a cellist, but also as a composer! He won first prize at the Princess Christina Composition Competition 2017. Thomas wrote his Duette for 2 Celli in honour of his father's 50th birthday.
Mara Mostert is also 14 years old and won first prize at the Princess Christina Competition 2018. She studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Sweelinck Academy with Maria Milstein.

The title of this concert From My Life naturally also refers directly to the String Quartet by Bedřich Smetana. This Quartet “From My Life” is an autobiographical work, in which he outlines his passion for music, his childhood, and his first love for his later wife. But Bedřich Smetana also turned deaf in quite a short period of time. At the end, a shrill, long-held high tone depicts the tinnitus that tormented him. 

An exciting and layered work, and an absolute must to be heared performed live! 
Played by four outstanding musicians:

Elisabeth Perry, i.a. Concertmaster Radio Filharmonisch orkest
Richard Wolfe, i.a. former Principal Viola Netherlands Chamberorchestra
Mikhail Zemtsov, i.a. former Principal Viola Residentie Orchestra
Pamela Smits, cello

A heart-warming concert on this winter evening in November. Warm-blooded Czech music for young and old!

THOMAS PRCHAL Duette for 2 Cellos
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK  Terzetto in C major, Opus 74, for 2 Violins and Viola:
  Larghetto and Scherzo
BEDŘICH SMETANA   String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life”
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK  String Sextet in A major, Opus 48



Stichting Vriendenconcerten (Foundation Vriendenconcerten)

ABN AMRO Bank: NL45ABNA053.76.04.693?

Opening Church and Ticketcounter:
30 minutes before the start of a concert
Friday at 19:45
Saturday at 19:30 hrs.
Sunday at 16:00 hrs.

Tickets and reservations:
T +31 6 3076 0224
Ticket at the ticketcounter € 18,50    
Presale € 16,50    
Vrienden € 15    
Childeren 10 till 18 years € 10    
Childeren till 10 years old free admission    
with valid studentcard € 10    
Group discounts (only presale!)      
with 4 or more tickets per ticket € 15    
Subscribtions   Subscribtions Vrienden
Passe-partout € 100 Passe-partout €  90

Build in the Dutch renaissance style this beautiful 17th century church is situated between the Waterlooplein and the Nieuwmarkt right in the center of Amsterdam.

De Zuiderkerk
Zuiderkerkhof 71
1011 WB Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 20 308 03 99



Program Proposals

Selection of program proposals for recitals in the season 2018/2019:

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Cello Solo:
Heaven and Hell

Cello and Piano with pianist Tobias Borsboom
Love and Death  Romantic program
Bohemian Rhapsody Czech program
Maître et Apprenti  French program with a teacher-pupil line

All-time Favourites Easy-listening romantic cello favourites program
Hungarian Canvas Hungarian cello/piano program, with Kodály cello solo sonata

Cello and Double Bass with double bass player Quirijn van Regteren Altena:
Deep Feelings and Moments Musical 


Considerations concerning other repertoire is open for discussions. 
See also repertoire list..

Or, feel free to send an email to Pamela via and she will be happy to contact you directly to consider the various ideas.



Pentachord Ensemble


Pentachord, a row of five strings. Five renowned musicians founded this ensemble sharing a passion for piano quintets and chambermusic.
- Effacta Productions

For bookings or information please contact Effacta Productions:

Guido Nederlof
 T  +31 23 - 532 4690


The Pentachord Ensemble
Maarten den Hengst - piano
Emi Ohi Resnick - violin
Mikhail Zemtsov -viola
Pamela Smits - cello
Quirijn van Regteren Altena - double bass
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Program proposals:

Program Purcell, Arensky, F. Martin or Mahler and Trout
Program Piano quintets of Vaughan Williams and Schubert
Program Duo's and Schubert or Vaughan Williams piano quintet

Program Penta Plus. Mozart and Dvo?ák stringquintets and Mendelssohn pianosextet with Giles Francis violin and viola.


 Download Portfolio hr.-photos of the Pentachord Ensemble

"From the first note of the famous quintet the Pentachord Ensemble overwhelmed with their lightness, precision and very agile way of playing. Schubert escaped from all the clichés. Also is in all their smaller group arrangements The Pentachord a joy to the eye and ear, because of the dedicated music making of the musicians. A sparkling ensemble that left the audience of the museumchurch of Schokland in awe."

-from a review of the Noordoostpolder newspaper.


"The Trout Quintet can be reckoned among the gems of classical music. Of the Dutch music ensembles the Pentachord threads a long chain of gems with their way of playing. Moreover, for the entire ensemble applies that they posses a special musical gift and that they feel intensely connected to their instruments, one can see that, one can hear that." 

-from a review of the Nieuwe Meerbode, Aalsmeer (NL)