Upcoming Concerts

Saturday 8 December 2018, at 20:00 hrs. Zuiderkerk Amsterdam
Concert 'Bach on the Beach'. 
Programma with Bach Double Concerto for 2 Violens in D minor (version for 2 Cellos and Piano), Schubert Notturno trio, and pieces by Milhaud, Cassadó, Casals, Lemos, Ravel and Debussy. Together with Cellist Lidy Blijdorp and Pianist Tobias Borsboom.

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Sunday 16 December 2018, at 20:00 hrs. in the Lucaskerk te Winkel
Recital 'Love and Death'  together with Pianist Tobias Borsboom.

Program with Beethoven - 12 Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Liszt - Romance oubliée, Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata, Liszt - La lugubre gondola, Suk - Balade and Serenada, Dvořák - Silent Woods, Popper - Hungaarse Rhapsody

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Woensdag 19 december 2018, 12:30 in de St. Agnietenkapel te Amersfoort
Recital together with Pianist Tobias Borsboom. Concert without intermission. 
Beethoven - 12 Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Schubert – Arpeggione Sonata, Dvořák - Silent Woods, Popper - Hongaarse Rhapsody

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Donderdag 27 December 2018, 15:00 in Apeldoorn (NL)
Private concert together with Violist Kilian Van Rooij. i.e.Kodály Cello Solosonate


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. 

Fifth concert of this season:
: Saturday 16 February 2018, at 20:00 hrs. 

Poster Credit Patrick Keeler

"If a commission would have been based on the story of the ten plagues of Egypt, Rachmaninov would have fulfilled the task brilliantly. The inhabitants of Hell would be delighted.”

Ouch! Thus spoke the critic and composer César Cui. After the conductor reportedly showed up intoxicated and made a mess of the première of his first symphony, Rachmaninov was crushed and fell into a deep depression. He only recovered his creative life several years later after an intense hypno-treatment. What then flowed from his pen was the highly romantic cello sonata, his last chamber music composition and one of the most important cello works of the 20th century.

But first, we will visit a vanished world full of nostalgia, remains of the endearing and graceful style from the aristocratic Russian past, and also pieces in which the past and future melt together. For what have the great 20th-century Russian composers to make of British author William Shakespeare or the old art form of the Italian commedia dell'arte ...?

"Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany from which all my later work became possible" according to Stravinsky. 


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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
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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.


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"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)