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Niels Swinkels

Native Dutchman Niels Swinkels is a freelance journalist, musicologist, and sound engineer. Before moving to San Francisco, he was the arts editor and senior classical music/opera critic for Brabants Dagblad, a regional daily newspaper in the Netherlands. As a freelance writer and sound engineer, he currently works for San Francisco Opera, KALW Local Public Radio, Elevation Online, Earprint Productions, and others.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

Music Director Valery Gergiev showed off an orchestra in peak condition in a concert featuring flashy pianist Denis Matsuev.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 31, 2017

Orchestra and conductor were in top form, but Latvian violinist Baiba Skride stole the show.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

Together with pianist Piotr Andreszewski and the S.F. Symphony, the Czech conductor honored the premise of the “Pursuit of Passion” program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 3, 2017

The American pianist made child’s play of a notoriously difficult concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

With a world premiere and Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, New Century Chamber Orchestra dazzled in their season opener.

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Choral Review
August 22, 2017

Together with great soloists, the California Chamber Symphony, and an excellent children’s choir, the Society creates a memorable Elijah.

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Recital Review
July 11, 2017

Anthony Reed and John Parr tread the delicate line between power and intimacy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2017

One of Richard Strauss’s less-performed symphonic poems pairs with Igor Levit’s masterful Schumann performance.

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Choral Review
February 28, 2017

Religious music for the Lenten season, sung with grace and mature expression.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 31, 2017

The great violinist drained every ounce of emotion from Britten’s Violin Concerto in a triumphant appearance with the Marin Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The close connection between violinist and conductor made for an electrifying concerto performance.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 15, 2016

The early music group delves into love, Italian style.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 27, 2016

Tenor Michael Fabiano shone in the all-important opera highlights, but the full program went much deeper into the sweep of Italian music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 20, 2016

The conductor provides a revelatory reading of an iconic masterwork, devoid of the usual drama.

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Opera Review
July 19, 2016

Stripped down to essentials, this was a visceral, exciting production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea.

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Choral Review
May 17, 2016

Dr. Magen Solomon has guided the venerable community choir to new levels of artistry.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
April 26, 2016

Despite the large forces arrayed for the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, Jeffrey Thomas and his musicians achieve chamber music-like clarity and unforced communication.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 13, 2016

The orchestra’s intimate connection with the works of Mahler continues to inspire.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 5, 2016

SF Symphony featured the less-performed, edgy works in Copland's output, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboards for the Piano Concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 29, 2016

The Russian piano phenomenon delivered a thrilling performance in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the OSM.

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