Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Dutch master's debut a taster of things to come

The distinguished Dutch musician Jac van Steen has been officially announced as the Ulster Orchestra's new principal guest conductor from September.

Jac van Steen was on hand in the Ulster Hall to conduct the orchestra in a programme of music by Sibelius and Walton, and subsequent developments throughout the evening underlined what a good appointment this should turn out to be.

Jac van Steen is a regular and well-received visitor to Belfast, and his conducting skills were clearly evident as he steered the orchestra through two Sibelius Symphonies and the Walton Cello Concerto.

Jac van Steen brought out the best in the Ulster Orchestra to round off their season-long Sibelius tribute, while the multi award-winning Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen produced a superbly warm and mature tone on her 1715 instrument in a persuasive performance of the Walton Cello Concerto.

The endlessly loyal core audience of the orchestra showed their sustained appreciation throughout, with hopes of an even better season to come.

Alf McCreary

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