During the spring 2020 lockdown, BOZAR invited a series of artists who had been initially scheduled to perform at the Centre for Fine Arts to present an alternate version of their concert. The national and international musicians, from the world of jazz, traditional, electronic, classical or early music, offered an intimate concert from their own homes. They invited the audience into their living rooms or rehearsal studios to share a moment of musical communion.

BOZAR, as well as other Belgian cultural institutions, is newly required to temporarily close. In order to keep spirits high, we encourage you to let music into your homes and relive simple, beautiful and comforting musical moments.

25.03.2020 - Avi Avital
Avi Avital is indisputably one of the greatest mandolin players of our time.

27.03.2020 - Igor Gehenot
Igor Gehenot has gradually carved a reputation for himself as a major talent on the Belgian and European jazz scene.

01.04.2020 - Seckou Keita
Seckou Keita is one of the world’s foremost kora players.

03.04.2020 - Romina Lischka
The renowned Austrian musician Romina Lischka, one of the viola da gamba’s great ambassadors, brings out the deep, round tone of this historic string instrument in all its glory. For this programme, Romina Lischka not only plays the gamba but also demonstrates her vocal talents.

08.04.2020 - Bram De Looze
Bram De Looze is an outstanding musician. He combines improvisation with a healthy curiosity, studying the best keyboard music of the past and present, whether classical music or jazz.

10.04.2020 - Reinoud Van Mechelen
Combining a lightness of tone, expressiveness, and clarity of elocution, Reinoud Van Mechelen is a breath of fresh air on the Baroque music scene.

15.04.2020 - Tony Siqi Yun
Tony Siqi Yun is a young Canadian pianist who is the First Prize winner and Gold Medalist at the First China International Music Competition.

17.04.2020 - João Baradas
João Baradas is a young Portuguese soloist who’s out to rewrite the rules about what an accordion can do. He moves easily between the worlds of jazz, classical, folk and improv.

22.04.2020 - 20:00
Širom has an original form of expression which fluctuates between a broad range of Slovenian folk sonorities and contemporary acoustic rock meditations. As part of MOST Project, cofinanced by the EU Creative Europe programme. 

24.04.2020 - 20:00
The beautiful voice and unique phrasing of the South African/Belgian singer Tutu Puoane put a very distinctive stamp on her music. She is joined on stage by her regular pianist Ewout Pierreux.

01.05.2020 - 20:00
Simon Höfele had his first trumpet lesson aged 7 in his home town of Darmstadt. He’s one of the most exciting young trumpeters around. He will be accompanied by the German pianist Frank Dupree. 

06.05.2020 - 20:00
In addition to a Diapason d'or (2O19), the Belgian organist Bart Jacobs also received a Klara for his album of Bach's Organ Concerti with the ensemble Les Muffatti. Tonight he plays works by Buxtehude, Bach and Mendelssohn from the Brussels cathedral, where he is titular organist.

Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203 - D. Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)
 Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 676 (a 2 Clav. et Pedal) -  J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Variations Sérieuses, op. 54 -  F. Mendelsohn (1809-1847) arr. for organ: Reitze Smits

08.05.2020 - 20:00
Brooklyn-based French cellist Leila Bordreuil mixes contemporary classical music with Noise and experimental influences. The result is a fascinating sonorous soundtrack, exploring the modern techniques of the cello. For this house concert, she collaborates with filmmaker Bayley Sweitzer for an audio-visual performance which draws from the artists’ ongoing investigation into value of air, specifically its value in New York’s corrupt real estate market. 

13.05.2020 - 20:00
Canadian Ben Wendel is considered one of the most influential jazz saxophonists of his time. Out of the shadow of Kneebody's success, Ben Wendel developed his own career: from sought-after wingman for Prince and Snoop Dogg, to a fixture in contemporary jazz. You can experience Wendel live on stage next season at BOZAR!

15.05.2020 - 20:00
When Rachel Podger fires up her violin, the most beautiful baroque sounds emerge. Whether she plays Bach, Vivaldi or Biber, each time she manages to evoke the right atmosphere. It is for good reason that The Times describes her as "the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin".  Next season Rachel will provide a truly meditative experience in the Brussels cathedral with the angelic voices of VOCES8. 

20.05.2020 - 20:00
The music of the Congolese pianist, singer and composer Ray Lema is a living entity with various influences: from jazz to Congolese rumba and Gnawa rhythms. He creates an original sound that is irresistible. Don't miss this foretaste of the concert he will give next season at BOZAR.

22.05.2020 - 20:00
Since his victory at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2013, Boris Giltburg has become one of the most important pianists on the international scene. He has a passion for Rachmaninov and recently recorded the complete Preludes for piano solo: sublime pieces with colourful characters that will undoubtedly be at the centre of this BOZAR at home concert. Next season you have the chance to see Giltburg live at work in BOZAR with the prestigious Pavel Haas Quartet!

See also

  • From our digital platform to our halls


    While Belgium continues to decrease the measures against Covid-19, BOZAR has reopened several exhibitions. In the meantime - while we are waiting to welcome you back for the rest of our activities - we continue to offer you a special artistic programme on our digital platform, including concerts, performances and film screenings. 

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  • Avi Avital is ready to shake things up

    Avi Avital is undisputably one of the greatest mandolin players of our time. This season the charismatic Israeli Grammy winner will visit BOZAR three times, which gives him the opportunity to present a panoramic overview of his art. We met up with him at the Centre for Fine Arts to give us a preview.

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  • Kora and its myths

    Symbolically speaking, the kora has the power to facilitate communication between cultures. This open-minded outlook is apparent in the Kora Dialogues concert series.

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    Romina Lischka is undoubtedly one of the most beloved viola da gamba players of the moment. Thanks to her intelligent and delicate playing, this Viennese musician had the opportunity to share the stage with the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Ricercar Consort at an early age. Meanwhile, she has also made a name for herself as a soloist, Dhrupad interpreter and artistic director of her Hathor Consort. In 2019-2020, BOZAR devotes a portrait to this passionate musical jack of all trades. BOZAR talked to her about Dhrupad Fantasia.

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  • Portrait: Reinoud Van Mechelen

    The young tenor Reinoud van Mechelen is clearly breezing ahead. Combining a light timbre, expressiveness with beautiful elocution, Van Mechelen brings a breath of fresh air to the baroque music scene. We sat down with him for a chat as part of his “Portrait” at for his residency at BOZAR throughout this season.

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