Black Pencil will present a new concert series in the Kunstlinie Almere next season. We are very much looking forward to our concerts as Ensemble in Residence, in which we present all the colours, sounds and the stories of Black Pencil to the people who live in Almere and the Flevoland region.


New concert serie in the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam


Black Pencil presents a new concert serie in the Amstelkerk for the upcoming season 2021-22.

The first concert on October 27 will be dedicated to the Dutch composer Roderik de Man. We will celebrate the 80th birthday of this top composer.

The series is created in collaboration with Stadsherstel Amsterdam.



​Dear composers from all over the world. We invite you to participate in our 3rd edition of the Black Pencil Prize 2021 for composers of all ages and nationalities. 
The application is NOW OPEN and we look forward to receiving your composition!


Black Pencil at Land Art Weekend

The world is slowly opening up again! You are welcome to hear to Black Pencil and the interesting speeches via wireless headphones in a project developed together with the theater company Gouden Haas.

5 & 6 JUNE

Between 12.00-16.00 hrs

Location: De Groene Kathedraal Almere

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We are very happy to welcome Jennie Duif as our new Business Director. Jennie was the former program manager of the renowned Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

We believe that her expertise and input will make our team stronger.

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Poort met Passie

Op zondag 28 maart, tijdens de route Poort met Passie, zijn de makers van 11:00u tot 16:00u in Atelier StrandLAB aan het werk en kun je een kijkje komen nemen bij hun werkproces. Mocht je willen horen waar zijn aan hebben gewerkt, dan liggen er om 12 uur, 13 uur, 14 uur en 15 uur koptelefoons voor je klaar. Uiteraard worden alle coronaregels ter plaatse opgevolgd, voor een prettig en veilige ervaring.


Black Pencil and Gouden Haas meet in a timeless space

What does a timeless space sound like? How do you experience time? Like a clock that chases you from hour to hour? Or time that can last endless and make you forget the clock? And what about the space you are in? Is it endless and are you part of it? These questions form the philosophical starting point of theater company Gouden Haas and Ensemble Black Pencil for their duo residency at StrandLAB. 

The title? Timeless.

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The winner of the

Black Pencil Prize 2020 

Andys Skordis (Cyprus)

for his work “Uz...u”


Two Honorary Mentions:

Arda Yurdusev (Turkey): “Seyyah Trilogy”

Florence Anna Maunders

 (United Kingdom): “Bursting Out"

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It has been an adventures, creative, developing 10 years since our very first concert  in November 2010 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Starting with 0 and achieving to more than 100 compositions written for us and this combination  in 10 years. We are proud and happy. See you in next 1000!




Can you find the Unmoving?

In the middle of a whirling movement the audience is invited to locate a place where is no movement at all. Is it inside or is it outside? Is it subjective or is it objective? 

Can you find the Unmoving?  

is written in 2020 and dedicated to

Black Pencil Ensemble.

Watch the trailer

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Heide Midzomer


Written in 2020 for Ensemble Black Pencil and commissioned by the Fonds Podiumkunsten. Premiere on 25 September 2020, Goederede Concerten Almere - NL.

Watch Kate's Video About

"Heide Midzomer"



Black Pencil has been granted 4 years structural support from the Performing Arts Funds NL for the period 2021-2024. 
A new chapter begins. Many plans, projects and collaborations with great artists.
We can only be thankful for now and very excited for the future!