Film screening, Conference & Exhibition ‘The Art of the Symphony’ – documentary film (2017)
6 April 2019 at 12:00 h – De Balie, Amsterdam

Filmed in Prague, ‘The Art of the Symphony’ takes us from a studio where live paintings of Shostakovich symphonies are created, to archive footage of Prague during the Communist era and to present-day sites of former Communist monuments. Through these images, the main theme of the film – freedom from oppression – is related through a humanitarian, rather than political standpoint where; the individual, the human soul, strives to rise above this agony. Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony is at the heart of these notions.

Produced by the DSCH Journal affiliate DSCH Films, written & directed by Alan Mercer.

Live paintings by Maryleen Schiltkamp

Trailer documentary: https://vimeo.com/197099565

The documentary (50 minutes) will be screened in the Filmzaal of De Balie, and will be followed by a panel discusssion and Q&A, after which an exhibition of the paintings created and filmed for ‘The Art of the Symphony’ can be visited in the upper-foyer at De Balie, Amsterdam.

Panel members:

Libor Štichauer –   Jan Palach memorial speaker 2019

Olga de Kort – musicologist & music journalist

Albert van der Schoot – philosopher & musicologist

Online ticket sale
filmscreening, conference and exhibition: € 12,50

The exhibition of paintings will be open for public at the upper-foyer of De Balie for one week,

during 5 – 12 April

Movie page

Shostakovich Fourth Symphony – acrylic on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2016;  live musicpainting for the documentary film The Art of the Symphony

Shostakovich Tenth Symphony – oil on canvas, 200 x 100 cm, 2016

Portrait of Dmitri Shostakovich – oil on canvas, 2018

Previous event: Hermitage Amsterdam – Festival ‘Winter avonden aan de Amstel’ 2018; with pianist Reinis Zarins in musicpaintingLIVE:

Sofia Gubaidulina – Chaconne
Nicolai Medtner – Sonata Reminiscenza No.1, Op.38
Dmitri Shostakovich – Prelude & Fugue No.24, Op.87
Alexander Scriabin – Sonata No.7, Op. 64


A new video on the structure behind musicpaintingLIVE – HOW
musicPaintingLIVE: a new performance genre where classical music unites the piano and canvas in perfect sync. Accomplished artists in their own right, pianist Reinis Zarins and painter Maryleen Schiltkamp together have created a new dimension to listening. In their performances, masterpieces of piano repertoire are directly translated into stunning artworks which are highly personal yet fully aligned with the musical text. They have presented this unique concept in prestigious festivals and venues in the United Kingdom, Latvia and the Netherlands.

musicpaintingLIVE ‘teaser clip’ with Reinis and Maryleen

“Bold fusion of two creative minds leaving lasting impact of beauty”, – Arturs Maskats, award winning Latvian composer, Cesis 2017

Live performance at Vidzemes Concert Hall, Cesis, Latvia – July 2017:
LIVE concert video of Ravel’s ‘La Valse’
LIVE concert video of Bach Busoni Chaconne
LIVE concert video of Messiaen’s ‘Par Lui Tout A Été Fait’ (Vingt Regards)

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