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
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.

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.

Play along with Calefax

Play along with Calefax

Calefax gives all its wind playing fans the opportunity to play along with the Ricercar of the new album Bach's Musical Offerings. Calefax made six seperate recordings in which one of the instruments is missing. Wind players can download the sheet music of their part with an audio file in which this part is missing.

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.

Sun 10 Oct 16.30 Un Momento Dado Festival CityProms - Wilhelminaplein (free concert) Leeuwarden / NL Info Tickets
Sun 10 Oct 11.30 love actually Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden / NL Info Tickets
Sat 23 Oct 20.15 love actually Jisper Kerk Jisp / NL Info Tickets
Fri 29 Oct 20.15 fantastic music Festival Bassoons for Future Maastricht / NL Info Tickets
Fri 29 Oct 10.00 Ensemble Coaching Festival Bassoons for Future Maastricht / NL Tickets
Fri 12 Nov 19.00 love actually Seinconcerten Hilversum / 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 winning composition will be announced in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, on December 28, 2021, and performed in the following year by the world-renowned Calefax Reed Quintet.

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.