'A virtuoso contemporary broken consort' - Opus Klassiek
'Delightfully unusual' - NRC
'Exciting contrast with complex compositions' -
‘Early music that is new and fresh’’ – Klassieke Zaken
BLACK PENCIL’s performances are characterized by being original, historically informed, virtuosic and fresh, together with a unique instrumentation: blockflute (Jorge Isaac), panflute (Matthijs Koene), viola (Esra Pehlivanli), accordion (Marko Kassl) and percussion (Enric Monfort).
The virtuosic ensemble BLACK PENCIL was founded in 2010. The ensemble’s debut concert took place in the same year at the prestigious Amsterdam Concertgebouw, followed by the world premieres of several new works at the large-scale festival Istanbul: European Capital of Culture 2010.
The ensemble has given numerous concerts in The Netherlands (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Bimhuis Amsterdam, Philharmonie Haarlem, Schouwburg Almere, November Music Festival, a.o), Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Denmark and Venezuela.
Black Pencil focuses on broad repertoire with new works composed especially for the ensemble, as well as an adventurous range of their own early music arrangements. As a contemporary music ensemble, until now they received and premiered over 100 new compositions dedicated to them by renown composers as Roderik de Man, Martijn Padding, Klas Torstensson, Wim Henderickx, Klaas de Vries ao.