Red Sofa: Festival Spring Loaded

21 - 26 March, 2018
Red Sofa celebrates 10-year anniversary with Festival Spring Loaded
Monica Germino, pop-up artist in residence
Jubileum of Red Sofa in the Doelen celebrated with Festival Spring Loaded: Read press release here

Spring Loaded presents film, premieres, cycling, and more
Young composers write new works, Monica Germino is pop-up artist in residence, five world premieres, a bicycle tour to four secret concert venues, and much more.   

Opening concert on 21 March: Pete Harden, the Matangi Quartet, Ensemble Klang, and Michaela Riener are working together for the opening concert. Oscar Bettison’s composition 'Presence of Absence' is combined with the film 'Homo Sapiens’ by renowned filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter.
An extraordinary series of concerts
For 10 years now, De Doelen has been presenting modern music in an accessible manner under the name 'Red Sofa.' With a bright red sofa on stage as a symbol of hospitality and by providing every concert with free introductions, follow-up talks and meet & greets with musicians and composers, a sound world unknown to many has been unlocked for the past 10 years. With around 10,500 filled seats at Red Sofa concerts in 2017, de Doelen has managed to set up the largest community for new music in the Netherlands. Ten years of Red Sofa will be celebrated with the six-day Festival Spring Loaded from 21 to 26 March 2018.

Zomer Jazz Fietstour

25 August

Zomer Jazz Fietstour / Summer Jazz Cycling Tour

Monica Germino (Violectra) guests with
Electric Barbarian

Various locations (all reachable by bicycle!)
in Groningen
The Netherlands

Brussels Summer Festival

11 August, 21.00

Brussels Summer Festival
Playing Violectra & acoustic violin
with John Cale & Band

Hungarian premiere of Louis Andriessen’s La Giró

13 July, 20.00  

International Bartók Seminar and Festival
Festival opening concert

Hungarian premiere of Louis Andriessen’s La Giró

Bartók, Andriessen, Horváth & Adams

Monica Germino, violin
Savaria Symphony Orchestra

Howard Williams


16 June 2012

Night of the Unexpected in London

16 June, 8.00pm - 11.00pm

Night of the Unexpected in London

Monica Germino
Frank van der Weij
Joel Ryan
Evan Parker
Han Bennink
& much more

Bishopsgate Institute
London, UK

Opening Verdichten, Verdunnen Festival

13 May

Opening of the Festival ‘Verdichten, verdunnen’:
a festival celebrating the composer and performer Hans Asselbergs

The festival runs from 13 May through 17 June 2012 in various venues in Haarlem

De Philharmonie
The Netherlands

Duo Germino/Koleva

Duo Germino/Koleva: electric violin & percussion

Donnacha Dennehy, Jacob TV, Philip Glass, improvisation & more

5 June, 14.00 & 15:30

SCHUNCK* / Glaspaleis
Heerlen, The Netherlands

5 June, 20.30

Festival Classique The Hague

Other Minds Festival Residency

27 February – 5 March

Residency at the Other Minds Festival
San Francisco CA, USA

Concerts 3, 5 March

Cristina Zavalloni, voice
Monica Germino, violin

Louis Andriessen
Press release,

Electric Barbarian

Friday 4 February, 20:15

Electric Barbarian
with Monica Germino - electric violin

Toon en Taal festival (‘Sound and Speech’ festival)

The Ghost of Langston Hughes

Provadja Theater
Verdronkenoord 12
Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

23 NOVEMBER, 22.00

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Huddersfield, UK

World premieres
Catherine Kontz, Arnoud Noordegraaf

UK premieres David Dramm, Donnacha Dennehy, Julia Wolfe

This program is co-produced by the Gaudeamus Foundation & the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival & made possible with support from: Eduard van Beinum Foundation, Fonds Podiumkunsten (Performing Arts Fund NL) & STEIM

November Music Festival

14 November, 12.00, 14.00 & 16.00

November Music Festival

Piet-Jan van Rossum: Alle Terre Assenti
with Monica Germino, violin
Reinier van Houdt, piano

Petra van der Schoot

November Music Festival
Verkadefabriek, Kleine Zaal
Den Bosch, The Netherlands

International Chamber Music Festival

20-24 September

International Chamber Music Festival
The Hague

Public masterclasses for composers and string quartets: Composition Competition Finals, Young Masters XXI

Monica Germino
Wilmar de Visser

Het Nutshuis
The Hague, The Netherlands

14 February 2010

Robert Helps Festival

Robert Helps Festival
In commemoration of the distinguished legacy of the eminent pianist and composer Robert Helps, the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the fifth annual international composition competition and festival.

15 February, 22.00

Late Night with Louis

Louis Andriessen, Igor Stravinsky

William Wiedrich

Patricia Green, voice
Monica Germino, violin/electric violin
USF faculty & student performers

Theater 2, University of South Florida
Tampa, FL, USA

14 February, 16.00

USF Symphony Orchestra

Monica Germino, electric violin
Kim McCormick, flute; Amanda Lyon

Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony
Ciro Scotto: Tetrology

Palladium Theatre
St. Petersburg, FL, USA                                            

Tickets available at the Palladium Theater box office

Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival

29 August at 21.00, 30 August at 19.30

Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen
Poetic Disasters, a choreography by Club guy & roni, with music by Heiner Goebbels

Monica Germino, violin/electric violin
Tomoko Mukaiyama, piano/sampler

Romeo Tent
Akerkhof 12
Groningen, The Netherlands

Lowlands Festival

Poetic Disasters, a choreography by Club guy & roni, with music by Heiner Goebbels

Monica Germino, violin/electric violin
Tomoko Mukaiyama, piano/sampler

The Netherlands

Holland Festival

18 June, 20:15

HF/Contemporaries: Zuidam and Adams

Reinbert de Leeuw

Rob Zuidam & John Adams

Concertgebouw, Main Hall

6 June, 20.30

Cristina Zavalloni, voice; Monica Germino, violin

Reinbert de Leeuw & Jurjen Hempel

Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio & TBA

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Louis Andriessen Canada Festival

Festival celebrating the music & ideas of Louis Andriessen

Produced by
Music on Main & Hard Rubber Orchestra

Artists in residence
Cristina Zavalloni
Monica Germino
Andrea Rebaudengo

26 - 30 March

Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta

1 April

University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

5 April, 20.00

John Korsrud & Louis Andriessen

Hard Rubber Orchestra (Vancouver) Cristina Zavalloni, voice (Bologna)
Monica Germino, violin (Amsterdam)

Roundhouse Community Arts Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia

8 April

Marathon concert, with sets at 7pm, 8pn, 9pm and 10pm

One Night Stand: Louis Andriessen

Cristina Zavalloni, voice (Bologna)
Monica Germino, violin (Amsterdam)
Andrea Rebaudengo (Bologna)
Music on Main All-Star Band (Vancouver)

Heritage Hall
Vancouver, British Columbia

For many more dates and details

Redsound Rotterdam Festival

13 - 15 March

Redsound Rotterdam Festival
Rosa Ensemble

In The Whisk Of A Lamb’s Tail
with & by composer Harry de Wit

On location at KOOKPUNT (kitchen supply store)
Noordplein 29
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Schedule of performances (duration: 30 minutes)

Friday 13 March: 16.00 (try-out) &19.00 (premiere)

Saturday 14 March: 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00

Sunday 15 March: 12.00, 14.00, 16.00

Tickets: via De Doelen in Rotterdam:

Americans Festival

30 October, 20.30

An evening with Alvin Curran The 'Americans Festival'

Alvin Curran, piano & electronics Monica Germino, violin(s)

Ensembles Prins Claus Conservatorium
Including various works and films by Alvin Curran: Theme Park (1994/1995) for percussion, new work for violin, improvisation for piano & electronics

Grand Theatre
Groningen, The Netherlands

31 October, 20.15

The 'Americans Festival'

Works by John Zorn, Laurie Anderson & Michael Gordon

Het Noord Nederlands Orkest

Kasper de Roo

Laurie Anderson, violin/voice
Monica Germino, adapted acoustic amplified violin
(Michael Gordon: Industry, violin version)
Frank van der Weij, sound

Press for this combination of Germino's version for adapted, amplified acoustic violin and effects:

"Elegant rock"
Trouw, NL

"a tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity"
Daily Telegraph, UK

Grand Theatre
The Netherlands

The festival runs from 25 October - 1 November 2008

Organized by the North Netherlands Orchestra & Stichting Prime

Featured guest composers
Laurie Anderson, Alvin Curran & Michael Gordon

Recorded live by the NPS Radio

Grand Teton Music Festival

14-28 July

Performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival

Jackson Hole

Prague Spring International Music Festival

23 May, 20.00

Michaela Riener, voice
Monica Germino, violin
Daan Vandewalle, piano
Hana Kotková, violin

Ostravská banda (Ostrava Band)

Petr Kotík

Louis Andriessen, Petr Kotík, Elliott Carter, Miroslav Srnka, György Ligeti

Rudolfinum Concert Hall
Prague Spring International Music Festival

Ostrava Center For New Music

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

Monica Germino

Creator & composer
Nicholas Brown

The Soul Finds Rest in Unity: a new live installation-performance in a domestic environment with sound, video & micro-performances

Times & location TBA - please check the website:

16 November, 21.00

Night of the Unexpected

Roland Speckle and Graham McKenzie

Featuring Charlemagne Palestine, Alvin Curran, Monica Germino, Edwin van der Heide, Rhodri Davies & Ko Ishikawa, Evan Parker & Joel Ryan, Staalplaat Soundsystem, [rout], Niels Meliefste and many more...

Monica Germino performs Michael Gordon's Industry, for adapted violin and electronics

Bates Mill
The Blending Shed
Huddersfield, UK

The Night of the Unexpected is a one-night festival, an experience, an evening full of surprises...a statement about current developments in new music...showcases cutting edge techniques and international approaches to sound...

17 November, 16.00

Monica Germino, violin / electric violin Frank van der Weij, sound

Solo program
plugged & unplugged
for violin, adapted acoustic violin, electric violin, voice, soundtrack, effects, movement, light and installation

Jacob ter Veldhuis, J.S. Bach, Louis Andriessen, Heiner Goebbels, Nick Williams (WORLD PREMIERE), Nicholas Brown, Michael Gordon

Studio 2, Huddersfield, UK

Produced by HCMF/Supported by Foundation for the Performing Arts in The Netherlands



Goebbels & Gubaidulina Festival

16-21 October

Guest artist in residence, Goebbels & Gubaidulina Festival, hosted by Stichting

Prime & Grand Theatre Groningen Groningen, The Netherlands

19 October, 19.15

Works by Heiner Goebbels


Heiner Goebbels: Bagatellen für Violine - mit obligater Klarinette und Sampler (1989-2006)

Monica Germino, amplified violin solo Tomoko Mukaiyama, sampler David Kweksilber, clarinet

  • other works, including: Black on White, Red Run, and La Jalousie with: Asko Ensemble

Peter Rundel

clubguy & roni dance company
Grand Theatre; Groningen, The Netherlands

20 Oktober, 22.30

After-party, Goebbels/Gubaidulina festival

Philip Glass: Strung Out for amplified violin

Monica Germino, violin solo
also with: media-artists Roger Muskee & Robert Keun; students of the Academy of Pop Culture & ABK Minerva; composer Ivo van Emmerik & students from the ArtEZ Conservatorium with a remix of Goebbels' music

Produced in collaboration with Prime Festival & Pavlov Media

7 August 2006

Grand Teton Music Festival

7 - 27 August

Performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival
Jackson Hole Wyoming, USA

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

21 July, 21.00

Witches & Bitches

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Halle 400
Kiel, Germany

EAST-WEST festival

EST-OVEST festival (EAST-WEST festival)


Louis Andriessen, Michel van der Aa, Donnacha Dennehy, Ron Ford, Chiel Meijering, Tsebko Minkin, Dobri Paliev, Belinda Reynolds with a New Work by Francesco Cilluffo commissioned by the EST-OVEST festival

Museo del Cinema
Torino, Italy

Louis Andriessen: La Passione

Louis Andriessen: La Passione for voice, violin and ensemble

Cristina Zavalloni, voice
Monica Germino, violin
Orquestra Barcelona Contemporanea

Georges-Elie Octors

Barcelona, Spain


Broken Glass Festival

Program: Broken Glass/Witches & Bitches

Music by
Ron Ford, Vanessa Lann, Donnacha Dennehy, Hans Asselbergs & Philip Glass

Strung Out, for amplified solo violin

Het Glaspaleis
Heerlen, The Netherlands


27 August, 19.00

New Music Institute and Festival Louis Andriessen: La Passione for voice, violin and ensemble

Cristina Zavalloni, voice
Monica Germino, violin

Ostrava, Czech Republic

Grand Teton Music Festival

18 July - 7 August

Performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival
Jackson Hole Wyoming, USA


1 - 26 June
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1 June
Premiere: XENIA for violin solo by Louis Andriessen
Images and installation by Anna Lange
Monica Germino, violin
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 June
'New Adventures' 20.15
Asko Ensemble & Schönberg Ensemble
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Cristina Zavalloni, mezzosoprano
Music by Louis Andriessen, Michel Van der Aa
Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Main Hall
Utrecht, The Netherlands

15 June
Holland Festival
XENIA for violin solo by Louis Andriessen
Images and installation by Anna Lange
Monica Germino, violin
Het Muziekgebouw
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 June, 20.15h
Holland Festival
Asko Ensemble & Schönberg Ensemble
De Nederlandse Opera, production
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor
Music by Rob Zuidam:
Mc Gonagall Lieder, Rage d’Amours
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands