open platform for performances and experiments with historical instruments in contemporary music


The ensemble aims to be a connection with all kind of other artists. With composers, musicians, visual artists and artists of other media. Thus we are developing new skills and repertoire.

Collaborations with violinist Barbara Lüneburg, double bass player Jelte van Andel, clarinet and bass clarinet player Fie Schouten, recorder players Jeremias Schwarzer and Jorge Isaac, and composer and live electronics performer Henry Vega are examples of the diversity the ensemble likes to create.

These activities have resulted in more than fifty compositions which have been written for, or commissioned by THE ROENTGEN CONNECTION.



The performances of THE ROENTGEN CONNECTION are characterized by the special programming and the quality of the musicians. The ensemble has performed successfully at both Dutch and international festivals such as Aqua Musica, November Music, Musica Polonica Nova, Warsaw Composer meeting, Klangzeit Münster, Logos Gent, Festival of Polish Music, musik21 Düsseldorf and many others. In addition, masterclasses and concerts were given in Belgrade and at the conservatories of Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam.



From June 23rd till June 26th The Roentgen Connection will have the great opportunity to work with Norwegian composers on especially written pieces: Eric Skytterholm Egan ‘Privacy of Mind’ Hugo Harmens ‘Nemesister’ Daniel Weiseth Kjellesvik ‘The Marketplace of Salvation’ Siri Langøigjelten ‘The Most Elusive Fish (and it went wherever I did go)’ Agnes Ida Pettersen [...]

Norwegian adventure

New Norwegian music for The Roentgen Connection – collaborating with Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe, project starting end 2012!


old and new connected

THE ROENTGEN CONNECTION was founded in 2002 by harpsichordist Goska Isphording and blokflutist Karolina Bäter in order to perform contemporary music on their historical instruments.

The idea of ‘Roentgen’ beams (X-ray) screening the musical material has been an important central thought from the start. The contrast between the historical instruments and the extremely contemporary music seemed to be a major challenge. The aim was to free those instruments from their historical context and place them in the contemporary music as independent instruments. The experiment soon proved successful and the confrontation between old and new began.

THE ROENTGEN CONNECTION has won prizes at various competitions, such as the first prize at the ‘Ínternational Penderecki Competition for Modern Chamber Music’ in Cracow/Poland in 2002 and the fourth prize in the final round at the ‘Internationale Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for Contemporary Chamber Music’ in Rotterdam/The Netherlands in March 2003. Soon after, the ensemble started the collaboration with Karin Preslmayr, who specializes in contemporary viola da gamba playing.

Several projects of the ensemble have been funded by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, ‘BKKC’ and the Polish Composers’ Union.

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