Thirza Lourens

managing director


Carel Kraayenhof (1958)
Carel, bandoneón player, composer and arranger, is the most fascinating and all-round bandoneonist at the moment. Unparalleled on his music and way of playing by his knowledge of the Argentine tango, he brings out of the emotions in every audience around the world with his enchanting and honorable interpretations.
Through the cooperation with Astor Piazzolla (†1992) in 1987, during the Broadway musical show ‘Tango Apasionado’, and his direct connection with the beloved tango maestro Osvaldo Pugliese (†1995), Carel has become one of the most sought-after bandoneón player of the moment.
One of the highlights of his career was on 02/02/2002 when he, passionately, played the sensitive ‘Adiós Nonino’ van Astor Piazzolla during the wedding of H.R.H. Price Willem-Alexander and H.R.H. Princess Máxima (nowadays the King and Queen of The Netherlands).
Next to his work on the past 25 years with the Sexteto Canyengue, his duo (since 2011) with pianist Juan Pablo Dobal and his Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble (since September 2011), Carel has worked with great names of the classical music, such as Ennio Morricone, Yo-Yo-Ma, the violists Janine Jansen en Joshua Bell and the cellist Quirine Viersen. Carel is also internationally well known, having played with several important orchestras; The London Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Tonkünstler Orchestra (Vienna), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra together with STING, among others. Carel does not limit his music to one style. That has been proven by his cooperation with the singers Dulce Pontes and Sting. In The Netherlands he has recorded songs with André Hazes (Bloed, zweet en tranen), Blᴓf (Barcelona, Bougainville, Geen Tango), Trijntje Oosterhuis (Nu dat jij er bent), Dana Winner (Afscheid van een Vriend), Caro Emerald (TangledUp), JURK (Hakken), 3J’s (Dromen en Dwazen), Guus Meeuwis and he has shared the stage with Marco Borsato.
Carel has received many awards, such as in 2003 the Edison Publieksprijs for his album ‘Tango Royal’, in 2005 he received a decoration from the Argentine government for his efforts on sharing the tango worldwide. On the 9th of July 2012 Carel received the order of First Officer in Orange Nassau from the, then, Dutch Queen Beatrix.

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  • Classical:NEXT 2015

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