Irene Kok


Irene Kok is an international prize winning Dutch Cellist. Her main goal as a musician – to connect the music with the audience – brought her to a bright and expressiveness interpretation, much appreciated by the public.

‘Kok is choosing a mild personal tone, where you discover surprising depths’
Volkskrant, Biella Luttmer, juli 2019 

With a specialisation and interest in both early music and folk music, Irene Kok has a broad playing field reaching from the most important concert halls in the world to small chamber music series and jazz clubs. 

The variation of people, surroundings and musical influences are making Irene Kok a touching and interesting cellist. Feeling at home on every stage, travelling the world with her instrument and trying to inspire people by making music. 

Irene Kok got her education at the conservatory in Amsterdam and at the university of Vienna with Prof. Reinhard Latzko. She made her solo debut with the Dutch Northern Orchestra in 2019 with the first cello concerto of Shostakovich with Damian Iorio and will be taking the stage with Tchaikovsky – rococo variations, Vivaldi and Brahms double concerto this season. 

The Chimaera Trio, where Irene is a founding member, will bring out its debut CD in the ‘AVROTROS classical presents’ series – an initiative from the Dutch Radio/TV. The debut CD of her ensemble the Zenith Duo will come out in the spring of 2020.

Irene plays on a Capicchioni cello from Cremona, which is kindly lent to her by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.


Upcoming concerts
Date Location Venue Description
13/04/21 Moscow RU Concerthall – CANCELLED- Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra Info
17/04/21 Tholen NL Historisch Stadhuis Chimaera Trio Info
09/05/21 Amstelveen NL Kruiskerk Chimaera Trio
11/05/21 Rotterdam NL De Doelen Chimaera Trio Info
Previous concerts
Date Location Venue Description
24/01/21 Hamm DE Konzerthaus – CANCELLED- Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra Info
17/01/21 Amstelveen NL Kruiskerk -CANCELLED- Bachrecital met Laurens de Man – Piano.
15/01/21 Utrecht (Live Radio4) NL Tivoli Vredenburg Chimaera Trio – Vrijdag van Vredenburg Info
11/01/21 Berlin DE Konzerthaus Trio Immersio – Schubert & Shostakovich
20/12/20 Winkel NL Lucas Kerk – CANCELLED- Chimaera Trio Info
13/12/20 Winterswijk NL Doopsgezind Kerkje -CANCELLED- Chimaera Trio Info
04/12/20 - 07/12/20 Valetta AT Teatru Manoel Trio Immersio
26/11/20 Klosterneuburg AT Pfarrsaal St. Leopold – CANCELLED- ATOUT – DIEGUTENACHT Abschlusskonzert der Klosterneuburger Kammerkonzerte Info
22/11/20 Tulln AT Florahofsaal -CANCELLED- Beethoven septet – ATOUT die Kammermusikgruppe Info
15/11/20 RADIO 4 NL Concertgebouw Amsterdam – Live Radio, Spiegelzaal – Chimaera Trio
14/11/20 Amsterdam NL Luthermuseum -CANCELLED- Chimaera Trio
14/11/20 Utrecht NL Tivoli Vredenburg – CANCELLED- Chimaera Trio in het kader van Prinses Christina Compositie Concours
07/11/20 Gent BE Stadhuis -CANCELLED- Prinses Christina Compositie Concours – Chimaera Trio & Dominique Vleeshouwers Info
06/11/20 Groningen AT Koetshuis CANCELLED- Recital met Laurens de Man
05/11/20 Kortenhoef NL Het oude kerkje – CANCELLED- Messiaen – Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Chimaera Trio & Ruña ‘t Hart Info
03/11/20 NPO Radio 4 NL Studio – Live radio, De Klassieken – Chimaera Trio
01/11/20 Leiden NL Sijthoff Messiaen- Quatuor pour la fin du temps , Chimaera Trio & Ruña ‘t Hart Info
25/10/20 Arcen NL Franz Pfanner Huis -CANCELLED- Chimaera Trio Info
25/10/20 Handel NL Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Tenhemelopnemingskerk -CANCELLED- Chimaera Trio Info
22/10/20 Klosterneuburg AT Festsaal der Raiffeisenbank ATOUT – Meister Beethoven Info
07/10/20 Fiesole IT Villa Le Pozzarelle – CANCELLED- Trio Immersio Info
03/10/20 Utrecht NL Tivoli Vredenburg Prinses Christina Compositie Concours met Chimaera Trio & Dominique Vleeshouwers Info
02/10/20 Utrecht NL Tivoli Vredenburg Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra & Rosanne Philippens
24/09/20 Klosterneuburg AT Festsaal der Raiffeisenbank ATOUT – Alles Brahms Info
20/09/20 Amsterdam NL Concertgebouw Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra & Niek Baar
19/09/20 Ernstbrunn AT Kirche Con Anima Festival – Vivaldi double concerto with Reinhard Latzko
01/09/20 Vienna AT Haus Türkenschanze Trio Immersio
19/08/20 Vlieland NL Nicolaaskerk -POSTPONED- Chimaera Trio in de serie Concerten bij kaarslicht Info
17/08/20 Hoorn (Terschelling) NL Kerk -CANCELLED- Chimaera trio Info
12/08/20 Vlieland NL Podium Vlieland With Lidewij Faber – cello
09/08/20 Amsterdam NL Zuiderkerk WITHIN TIME – Grachtenfestival
08/08/20 Amsterdam NL Zuiderkerk WITHIN TIME – Grachtenfestival
28/07/20 - 12/08/20 -CANCELLED- Tour Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in South America
02/07/20 Passau DE Konzerthaus -CANCELLED – Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
07/06/20 Ernstbrunn AT Schloss Ernstbrunn -CANCELLED- Con Anima Musik Festival – Zenith Duo Info
05/06/20 Ernstbrunn AT Kirche -CANCELLED- Eröffnungskonzert Con Anima Festival. U.a. Vivaldi Doppelkonzert für 2 Celli mit Reinhard Latzko. Info
17/04/20 - 02/05/20 Various IL Various -CANCELLED- Zenith Duo -CD release Tour – The Netherlands/ UK / Austria / Israel Info
30/03/20 Arnhem NL Musis Sacrum -CANCELLED- Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra – Alexei Ogrintchouck Info
27/03/20 Groningen AT Koetshuis – POSTPONED- Recital met Laurens de Man, piano
21/03/20 Monheim DE Aula am Berlinger Ring -CANCELLED- Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra & Niek Baar Info
14/03/20 Wolfsburg DE Scharoun Theater -CANCELLED- Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra & Niek Baar Info
06/03/20 Vienna AT Vienna Studio CD-recording RedPmusiclabel new music for quartet
03/03/20 NPO2 NL TV TV uitzending ‘BinnensteBuiten’ – KRONRCV 18.45 NPO2 Info
24/02/20 - 01/03/20 Schlehdorf DE Kloster Celloclass Reinhard Latzko
21/02/20 Utrecht NL Tivoli Vredenburg Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra – Alexei Ogrintchouck Info
20/02/20 RADIO 4 NL Opname De klassieken Radio4 – Chimaera Trio
08/02/20 Utrecht NL Huisconcert besloten
01/02/20 Vienna NL Musikverein China meets Austria
21/01/20 Wels AT Stadttheater Große Kammermusik, Christian Altenburger. Franz Schubert: Oktett in F-Dur, D 803
19/01/20 Leiden NL Sijthoff Recital met Laurens de Man – piano
19/01/20 Amsterdam NL Muziekgebouw Consonanze Stravaganti – Laurens de Man Info
17/01/20 Vienna AT MUTH Große Kammermusik, Christian Altenburger in the MuTh. Franz Schubert: Oktett in F-Dur, D 803 Info
02/01/20 - 10/01/20 Cartagena CO Teatro Adolfo Mejia Camerata RCO Info
22/12/19 Heemskerk NL De Vrijburcht Chimaera Trio Info
22/12/19 RADIO NL Concertgebouw Amsterdam Chimaera Trio – Spiegelzaal zondagochtendconcert live uitzending op Radio4
21/12/19 Utrecht NL Huisconcert Bach en Hulshoff solorecital
21/12/19 RADIO 4 NL Opname Chimaera Trio in de Muziekfabriek op Radio4 Info
05/12/19 - 11/12/19 London UK Several venues Zenith Duo goes UK! Check the website from Zenith duo for more information. Info
30/11/19 Vienna AT Auferstehungskirche Brahms double concerto with Floris Willem, violin and Camerata Wien
27/11/19 Vienna AT Palais Lobkowitz Atout – Die Kammermusikgruppe Info
24/11/19 Vlissingen NL Zeeuws Maritiem MuZEEum Chimaera Trio Info
22/11/19 Breda NL Waalse kerk Chimaera Trio Info
12/11/19 Klosterneuburg AT Evangelische Kirche Atout – Schubert, Raff und Piazzolla
28/10/19 - 30/10/19 Hilversum NL Muziekcentrum van de omroep CD opname Chimaera Trio voor AVROTROS klassiek presenteert Info
22/10/19 Klosterneuburg AT Evangelische Kirche Atout – Boccherini, Onslow and Beethoven
13/10/19 Mieming AT Gemeindesaal Atout – Boccherini, Onslow and Beethoven Info
12/10/19 Fulpmes AT Musikforum Atout – Boccherini, Onslow and Beethoven Info
10/10/19 Vienna AT MUTH Virtuose Streicherklänge von Bach bis Bartók Christian Altenburger in the MuTh (u.a. Konzert für 2 Violoncelli – Vivaldi) Info
06/10/19 St. Pölten AT BORG Atout- Die Kammermusikgruppe Info
28/09/19 Suncheon KR Arts Centre Camerata RCO
25/09/19 Amersfoort NL St. Aegtenkapel Chimaera Trio Info
21/09/19 Apeldoorn NL Lutherse Kerk Chimaera Trio Info
31/08/19 Ried im Innkreis NL Konzertsaal Sommerkonzert Modus21
17/08/19 Apeldoorn NL Theater Orpheus Chimaera Trio Info
15/08/19 Nijmegen NL Thiemeloods Chimaera Trio Info
14/08/19 Nunspeet NL Veluvine Chimaera Trio Info
13/08/19 Harderwijk NL Catharinakapel Chimaera Trio Info
12/08/19 Hoorn (Terschelling) NL Kerk Chimaera Trio Info
11/08/19 Amsterdam NL Concertgebouw Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra – Alexei Ogrintchouck Info
04/08/19 Apeldoorn NL Tot2021 Chimaera Trio Info
22/07/19 Erl AT Festspielhaus Tiroler Festspielen
15/07/19 Erl AT Festspielhaus Tiroler Festspielen
05/07/19 - 12/07/19 Cities IL Different Tour Zenith Duo
30/06/19 Gmunden AT Konzertsaal Beethoven & Haydn string quartets
28/06/19 Leeuwarden NL Cityproms D. Shostakovich – Cello concerto no. 1 , Noord Nederlands Orkest o.l.v. Damian Iorio Info
25/06/19 NPO Radio 4 NL Studio De Klassieken. Sean Morgan Roony – piano, Ab Nieuwdorp presentatie
23/06/19 Amsterdam NL De Duif Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations with Collegium Musicum Carolinum Info
21/06/19 Veenendaal NL De Markt Klassiek aan de Grift
14/06/19 Nijmegen NL Boskapel Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations with Collegium Musicum Carolinum Info
04/06/19 Vienna AT Tba Live Music Now
01/06/19 Vasia IT Oratoria A. Schönberg – Verklärte Nacht
26/05/19 Helmond NL Auditorium Amsterdam Corelli Collective – Shunske Sato
24/05/19 Amsterdam NL Waalse Kerk Amsterdam Corelli Collective – Shunske Sato
19/05/19 Krems AT Kunstgalerie Konzept Kammermusik
18/05/19 Vienna AT Lusthaus Beethoven & Haydn string quartets
10/05/19 Eggenburg AT Rathaussaal Mit Christine Roider
05/05/19 Amsterdam NL Concertgebouw Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
03/05/19 Vienna AT MUTH Atout – Die Kammermusikgruppe
29/04/19 Arnhem NL Musis Sacrum Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
07/04/19 San Sebastian ES Concerthall Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra


Chimaera Trio

Annemiek de Bruin – Clarinet
Irene Kok – Cello
Laurens de Man – Piano

The trio presents itself through highly varied programmes, in variable combinations. Annemiek, Irene and Laurens are frequent and experienced performers and took the stage at Janine Jansen’s Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Utrecht and the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. The trio won prizes at the Storioni Ensemblewedstrijd and the Tristan Keuris Kamermuziekconcours.  Recordings of their performances were broadcast on Dutch radio and TV several times.

Zenith Duo

The Dutch-Israeli Zenith Duo brings a new voice to the classical music scene, focusing on Baroque music and original compositions. 

Inspired by the various sounds of the middle-east, Jewish music, classical music and baroque improvisation methods, the Zenith Duo brings the human voice and the cello to a meeting point that makes every concert into a journey between times and cultures.

Since its founding in 2014 the duo has performed in various concerts and festivals throughout Europe and Israel. Currently they are recording their first album, named ‘YONA’.


Amsterdam Corelli Collective

Amsterdam Corelli Collective are a vibrant and energetic ensemble of fourteen young musicians who perform without conductor.

Founded by Ryuko Reid in 2013, thirteen string players and a harpsichordist were brought together through their passion for baroque string music and historical performance practice.

The ensemble pays tribute to Arcangelo Corelli, whose works were published in Amsterdam. Using his compositions and the surrounding repertoire of the concerto grosso and orchestral string music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the ensemble inspires fresh performances and programming.

Performing regularly throughout Holland and Europe, Amsterdam Corelli Collective have already enjoyed performances at such notable venues in the Netherlands as the Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Scheepvaartmuseum and Orgelpark in Amsterdam . In 2016 they won the Grachtenfestival’s ‘Openlucht Podium Prize’ which will see them perform as part of Holland’s major summer festival held in Amsterdam every year. In 2015 they were selected to take part in the Ambronay Cultural Encounter Centre’s Eeemerging Project for 2015. This saw Amsterdam Corelli Collective perform at the Seviqc Brežice festival in Ljubljana (Slovenia), at Ghislieri Musica in Pavia (Italy) and at the Ambronay Festival in France.

In July 2015 Amsterdam Corelli Collective were finalists in the York Early Music Festival’s International Young Artist’s Competition, performing in two sold out concerts in York and featuring on British national radio channel BBC Radio 3.

The ensemble was invited to perform at the MA Brugge Fringe Festival in 2014 and at the Utrecht Oude Muziek Fringe Festival in both 2014 and 2015. All musicians are trained in historically informed performance practice and as an ensemble have worked with first-class musicians in the field of early music, including Guilio Prandi, Alfredo Bernadini, Jed Wentz and Shunske Sato.


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