Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 12 May 2019, at 14:00 hrs. Theatre De Meerse in Hoofddorp (NL)
Recital with pianist Tobias Borsboom.
Program with Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Liszt, Popper, Suk and Bartók.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019: 20:00 in Muziekatelier Noord-Holland in De Rijp (NL)
Concert The Alchemy of Happiness together with Accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam and Pianist Tobias Borsboom. Program to include Liszt - First Elegy, Antonín Dvořák - Silent Woods, Arvo Pärt - Fratres, Hidayat Khan - Chanson Exotique, John Tavener - Svyati and Sergei Rachmaninov - Now Lettest Thou Depart from All-Night Vigil (Vespers).

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Saterday 18 May 2019, 20:00 in Amsterdam (NL)
Concert The Alchemy of Happiness together with Accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam and Pianist Tobias Borsboom. Program to include Liszt - First Elegy, Antonín Dvořák - Silent Woods, Arvo Pärt - Fratres, Hidayat Khan - Chanson Exotique, John Tavener - Svyati and Sergei Rachmaninov - Now Lettest Thou Depart from All-Night Vigil (Vespers).

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Concert series 'Vriendenconcerten'


Pamela Smits is founder and artistic director of the concert series Vriendenconcerten since 2013. For the second consecutive season pianist Tobias Borsboom will join her as guest-artistic leader.

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

Last concert of this season:
: Saturday 18 May 2019, at 20:00 hrs. 

Poster Credit Patrick Keeler

The Alchemy of Happiness? Alchemy? Wasn't that the ancient branch of science who was looking for the philosopher's stone, with which you could heal the sick, and turn everything one touched into gold, and could create eternal life? That smells of magic, which modern science had wisely given up on. But luckily we have the music ... which has proven to have a healing effect, and which sometimes momentarily touches eternity, and which gives our lives such a shine and richness that cannot be bought with hard coins. 

In this remarkable program, the three musicians come into mystical worlds where each piece has its own spiritual story. This music revolves around religion, spirituality, and the search for happiness. Through the Russian Orthodox liturgies and the Indian Sufi masters, one slumber song from the grave, and hypnotic clocks, we push through to a holy devotion. Gripping music through which a yearning to express beauty and truth resonates.

Vincent van Amsterdam is walking new paths as a promoter of the classical accordion. As the winner of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2016 he was described as “an authentic and supremely fascinating storyteller.” Therefore, we are looking forward to a beautiful and special match with cellist Pamela Smits and pianist Tobias Borsboom!

Music, the alchemy of happiness, will sound in next concert of the Vriendenconcerten. 
An evening full mysticism!



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Stichting Vriendenconcerten (Foundation Vriendenconcerten)

ABN AMRO Bank: NL45ABNA053.76.04.693?

Opening Church and Ticketcounter:
30 minutes before the start of a concert
Saturday at 19:30 hrs.
Sunday at 15:30 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
more info..

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)