Author Archives: Maryleen Schiltkamp

Festival “Winteravonden aan de Amstel” Hermitage Amsterdam 2018

MusicpaintingLIVE at the Hermitage Amsterdam
16 December 2018

with pianist Reinis Zariņš

Festival “Winteravonden aan de Amstel” 2018

Gubaidulina Chaconne design for musicpainting

Studio with Gubaidulina Chaconne

Program Hermitage:
Gubaidulina – Chaconne
Medtner – Sonata Reminiscenza No.1, Op.38
Shostakovich – Preludes & Fugues No.24 in D-minor
Scriabin – Sonata No.7, Op.64

studying Scriabin

Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue No.24; musicpainting (detail)

Shostakovich at the Kerkzaal in Hermitage Amsterdam

Nikolai Medtner – Sonata Reminiscenza (MusicpaintingLIVE detail)

‘Hungarian Canvas’ Vriendenconcerten, Zuiderkerk Amsterdam, 2018

‘Hungarian Canvas’; live musicpainting concert on Hungarian composers Franz Liszt and Zoltan Kodaly in collaboration with cellist Pamela Smits and pianist Tobias Borsboom on 13 January, 2018 at the Zuiderkerk Amsterdam.

Video Hungarian Canvas
Live at the Zuiderkerk 2018

Liszt – Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S.274
Liszt – Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178
Kodály – Cello Sonata , Op. 8

Video of the rehearsal at Maryleen’s studio

Kodály – Cello Sonata; musicpainting (detail)

Vriendenconcerten at Zuiderkerk Amsterdam – ‘Hungarian Canvas’

Liszt – Piano Sonata in B minor

studies for Liszt B minor Sonata

Liszt B minor Sonata; musicpainting (detail)

Photos Zuiderkerk Kim Dijkstra

At De Balie in Amsterdam …


On 6 April at De Balie in Amsterdam the film screening, panel discussion & exhibition of the documentary film ‘The Art of the Symphony’ took place, with a full auditorium attending and interesting panel discussion.

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:


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

Libor Štichauer – speaker at Jan Palach commemoration 2019
Olga de Kort – musicologist and music journalist
Albert van der Schoot – aesthetician, philosopher and musicologist
Alan Mercer – filmdirector DSCH Films

The subjects of the panelspeakers reflected the central theme of the documentary – freedom from oppression:

Panelmember Libor Stichauer, Czech scientist and speaker at Jan Palach commemoration 2019, Czech Center/ Goethe Institute Rotterdam. Very strong speech on the value of principles and commitment, with the memory of Jan Palach self-demolition on January 19, 1969 on Wenceslas square in Prague as a universal signal.

Panelmember Olga de Kort, musicologist, music journalist and critic, with expertise on the reception of Russian composers in the Netherlands. Olga enlightened us on Shostakovich and the Fourth Symphony.

Albert van der Schoot, aesthetician, musicologist and philosopher. His subject was the Zhdanov Decree of 1946 and its effect on Shostakovich. Soviet Realism in music was questioned, as were grounds for ‘Formalism’; ‘Anti-Formalist Rayok’ was held as example of Shostakovich’s satirical reply. Integrity of the composer and moral dillemma’s were addressed in the panel discusssion

Alan Mercer, founder and chief editor of the DSCH Journal, a regulair publication on the life and work of Dmitri Shostakovich, and film director at DSCH Films, affiliated to the DSCH Journal.

Maryleen Schiltkamp – visual artist, music painter; moderator of the panel

The exhibition of paintings was open for public at the upper-foyer of De Balie for one week, during 5 – 12 April

Many thanks to the employees of De Balie for their kind support and cooperation!

Live performance at Vidzemes Concert Hall, Cesis, Latvia – 2017

musicpaintingLIVE performance at Vidzemes Concert Hall, Cesis, Latvia – July 2017
with pianist Reinis Zariņš

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

During Messiaen’s ‘Par Lui’ (Vingt Regards)

Videos 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)

Musicpainting detail of Bach Busoni Chaconne

Paint trays during Ravel’s ‘La Valse’

studying Messiaen’s ‘Par Lui …’ (Vingt Regards)

Messiaen’s ‘Par Lui…’ (Vingt Regards)

Portrait Sofia Gubaidulina

Portrait of Sofia Gubaidulina 2018
Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, here united with her portrait – January 2019

Hans-Ulrich Duffek, Mrs.Gubaidulina’s musicpublisher, at Korzo Theater, Den Haag, during the Gubaidulina festival, October 2018

The original photo on which the portrait is based, was made by music-journalist Olga de Kort, for her interview with Sofia Gubaidulina

Portrait of Gergiev (2004)

Portrait of Gergiev (2004) in Dutch music magazine
‘De Nieuwe Muze’; Gergiev festival edition 2018

translated text:

” The portraits of Valery Gergiev are painted in 2004 and 2005 in Saint Petersburg. They are created from my fascination for the way of conducting and personal radiance of the Maestro. I did meet him in Russia, but somehow never got to ask him for a portrait. Instead, I based the portraits on photo’s of Gergiev of this time. I thought it interesting to portray his dedication to the music and how he gave the utmost of himself. Also to show how the inspiration transmitted by him is on the edge of something magic.”