Hi everyone, My name is Konstantyn Napolov and I’m a percussionist. The Dutch Golden Collection is a large and exciting project which I have founded to develop percussion instruments, search for new music languages and create them, extend the repertoire for solo and chamber music and promote the created contemporary works worldwide. The popularisation of the percussion instruments and creating new masterworks is one of the main goals of The Dutch Golden Collection. Come… I want to show you something.
Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer – View of Delft
We are in the Mauritshuis – the house that is filled with the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. The world-famous Masterpieces have been “immortal” for almost four hundred years. Exciting right?
Carel Fabritius – The Goldfinch
The Netherlands has always been known for its innovations and has been one of the leaders in the contemporary art scene worldwide. The “stage” and the circumstances that were created during the 17th century resulted in the flourishing Golden Age for art. In my opinion, the same is happening today for percussion instruments. So… we actually live in the Golden Age of percussion instruments. Paulus Potter – The Young Bull Most of the contemporary composers are extremely “hungry” for the rich and unlimited sound spectrum of percussion instruments.
And one of my favourites – Rembrandt van Rijn – The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp
The exciting thing about percussion instruments is that it’s a relatively young group of instruments. We don’t have an equally substantial repertoire built through the centuries as the string players or pianists have. That’s why we must expand our horizons now. This is crucial in order to reach a larger audience and create “immortal” masterpieces that will be performed worldwide. For all these reasons, the time has come.
We will see each other.
– Konstantyn Napolov