About LUDWIG Orchestra
LUDWIG’s programming is as thoroughly thought out as it is adventurous. Artistic director Peppie Wiersma effortlessly brings together composers from different time periods, styles, and backgrounds. The musicians perform the greatest music to the highest possible standard but free from the organisational and management norms of conventional ensembles and orchestras. And distinctive it certainly is: the musicians often interact directly with their audience, play from memory, experiment with different forms of presentation and collaborate with makers in other disciplines in order to change the way people experience a concert, and have staged a number of legendary appearances with leading soloists.
LUDWIG maintains a close collaboration with the innovative conductor/singer Barbara Hannigan. In 2017, after an extensive tour of Europe, they recorded their first cd ‘Crazy Girl Crazy’, which was awarded with a Grammy in january 2018.
In spring 2019 Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG toured with nine different programmes, among which Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, which was performed in a.o. the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Paris, Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Ojai Festival (California). At these festivals they acted as orchestra in residence.
LUDWIG also initiates out-of-the-ordinary musicrelated projects and collaborations about today’s social topics, presenting unexpected lines of aproach, involving people and challenging them to reflect on these topics. In July 2015 LUDWIG received a grant from the prestigious governmental funding programme The Art of Impact for their pioneering research project LUDWIG and the Brain, exploring the impact of music on the human brain.
As a result of LUDWIG and the Brain LUDWIG introduced a series of so-called ‘Brainwaves’: multidisciplinairy events revealing the latest developments in different fields of music-related brainresearch. Brainwave #1 Music and Identity toured the Netherlands in 2016, in 2017 Music as Medicine was presented and in 2018 PastPresentFuture was dedicated to the development of electronic music from the early decades of the 20th Century via composers like Moondog, Varèse and Steve Reich up to the dance and techno music of the here and now. 2019 featured The Dancing Brain and for 2020 LUDWIG has planned Brainwave 4 Music and Madness, for 2021 Music and Religion.
In 2018 LUDWIG curated a pop-up museum Drowned Land, presenting a wide variety of climate change-related artworks and installations. One of LUDWIG’s current projects is Water Walks, in which Australian composer Kate More, programme maker Quirine Winkler, Li-An Phoa of Drinkable Rivers and many others explore the state of the rivers of our world in data, stories, images, ecological and historical research. The aim of Waterwalks is to raise awareness about our natural environment, in collaboration with governments, citizens, artists, industry, scientists and CEO’s: why can we not drink the water of our rivers anymore, and what can we do to change that?
In 2020 LUDWIGs Ballroom Band will record a cd for Alpha Classics and tour the Netherlands and abroad. 2021 will bring a 24 hours-festival about spirituality and religion with Sir John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple as it’s center piece and last but not least LUDWIG will continue its talent development course, in which young artists work alongside LUDWIG musicians, designing and playing the music programs of the future.
AWARDS, PRIZES & GRANTS
CD Crazy Girl Crazy
Grant ‘The Art of Impact’
In July 2015, LUDWIG received a grant from the prestigious governmental funding program The Art of Impact, for it’s research project ‘LUDWIG and the Brain’, in which LUDWIG, in cooperation with leading scientists, develops innovative implementations for music that have a positive effect on the wellbeing and education of specific audiences.
‘De Ovatie 2014’ (Standing Ovation Award)
Award of the Dutch board of Theaters and Concerthalls for the most innovative concert of the year 2014.