35th
anniversary!

Established in 1985, Calefax this year celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary as the world's first reed quintet. The time to look back and relive highlights from Calefax' history together.

Discover our anniversary activities
Love Actually

Love Actually

Calefax showcases love in her many guises, set to music by various composers from 10 October 2021 untill 26 May 2022. As diverse as love is, so is its representation in music, from Bach's farewell music for the departure of his beloved brother to Debussy's ode to the place where he and his late wife Emma Bardac spend time together.

Calefax Composers Competition

Calefax Composers Competition

Calefax invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 14th annual Composers Competition for Reed Quintet. The winning composer will be awarded a prize of 2.000 EUR and the winning piece will be performed in 2022 by the world-renowned Calefax Reed Quintet. The deadline for submissions is 21 November 2021.

PAN festival 2021

PAN festival 2021

On December 28th Calefax hosts PAN! The PAN is Calefax’ annual mini festival with musicians from various genres and surprising crossovers with other art forms.

concert calendar

Calefax tours six to eight concertprogrammes per season in the Netherlands and tours abroad to a.o. the USA, China, Japan, UK, Eastern-Europe and Germany.

Tue 28 Dec 19.30 PAN 2021 Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam / NL Info Tickets
Fri 14 Jan 20.15 fantastic music Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden / NL Info Tickets
Sat 15 Jan 20.10 fantastic music Goede Rede Concerten Almere / NL Info
Sun 16 Jan 16.00 fantastic music Delden Klassiek Delden / NL Info Tickets
Sun 23 Jan 15.00 love actually Kolonieconcerten Wilhelminaoord / NL Info Tickets
Wed 2 Feb 18.30 fantastic music TivoliVredenburg Utrecht / NL Info Tickets

News

Bart de Kater is Calefax’ new clarinettist

Bart de Kater is Calefax’ new clarinettist

Calefax is proud to introduce their new clarinettist: Bart de Kater.

Calefax Composers Competition 2021

Calefax Composers Competition 2021

Calefax invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 14th annual Composers Competition for Reed Quintet. The winner will be awarded a prize of € 2,000 and their piece is performed by many reed quintets.

Clarinettist Ivar Berix will be leaving Calefax

Clarinettist Ivar Berix will be leaving Calefax

Clarinettist Ivar Berix will be leaving Calefax. During corona we for once had plenty of time to look back and reflect. Together the five of us have lived through almost 35 incredibly inspiring and successful years.