Friday September 16, Petra Vermote is a guest at Klara live from Ypres



KLANGBILDER FÜR KÄTHE KOLLWITZ (2016) for symphony orchestra was commissioned by The Flanders Symphony Orchestra and will be premièred on Friday 23 September 2016, 20h00, at the Concertgebouw in Bruges by The Flanders Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jan Latham-Koenig.
For this project, Vermote works together with actress Chris Lomme and visual artist Klaas Verpoest.
Other performances :
  Sunday 25 September 2016, 15h00, in Antwerp, deSingel
  Saturday 1 October 2016 in Ghent, 20h00, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke!/NL/Concerten_en_tickets/2016-2017/Verdriet_van_Moeders

SCENTS OF FRAGRANCE, for mixed choir (SATB and SSAATTBB), percussion and cello, will be premièred on Sunday May 15, 16.15 at the Saint Rumbold's Cathedral, Mechelen.

This work was commissioned by the Festival of Flanders Mechelen, and shall be performed by De 2de Adem, Le jeune Chœur de Paris, Kalliope, Latvijas Radio Koris, Det Norske Solistkor and Salvocalee, percussionist Vincent Caers, cellist Luc Tooten, under the direction of Henry Chalet, in the program of the Festival of Flanders Mechelen, TENSO DAYS.

 " The celebrated Belgian composer Petra Vermote has found, in the poems by Emily Brönte,
William Wordsworth and William Blake, the literary basis for her extensive TENSO world creation for choir,
percussion and cello. Vermote has said about her work:“The thread that binds the poems together
are the imaginary, the visionary and the self-exploratory in which humans, as observers and in motion,
consider nature as the starting point for transcendence”. "

Lullaby, for mixed choir a capella (SATB)
Was commissioned by the Belgian choir Aquarius, and will be recorded on May 6 and 7 2016, to appear on the CD Nani nani, contemporary lullabies from around the world.

Ficciones, for Guitar Quartet

Commissioned by Concertgebouw Bruges and Guitar Quartet Four Times a Lady

Premièred by Guitar Quartet Four Times a Lady

Sunday January 31 2016, 15.00, Concertgebouw Bruges

At 14.15, there is an introduction to the concert by Piet Swerts, who will interview Petra Vermote on her new work.

Kammersymphonie 'Eco del Reloj' & 4 Songs from Diferencías (text : F.G.Lorca)

Kammersymphonie 'Eco del Reloj' was awarded the First Prize (First Premium) in the Music Award from the Province of West Flanders
2015 for compositions for large ensemble.

Commissioned by Vlaams Sinfonietta (Flanders Sinfonietta)

Premièred by Vlaams Sinfonietta (Flanders Sinfonietta), conductor : David Ramael, visuals : Klaas Verpoest; coloratura soprano for
the 4 Songs from Diferencías : Elise Caluwaerts

Saturday February 6 2016, 20.00, Concertgebouw Bruges : F.G.Lorca, Poetic concert trail 

At 19.15, there is an introduction to the concert by Anna López Pujal

On September 2 2015, clarinettist Toon Quanten premiered Illusions of Perspective, Vermote's work for Clarinet solo written in 2015, in the Black Hall of deSingel in Antwerp.


Upcoming première :

Fusée - for mixed choir 

première by the Le Madrigal de Lille (France) under the direction of François Grenier

Sunday December 14 2014, 16.00, Sint Niklaaskerk (church of Saint Nicholas), Diksmuide

organisation : CC Kruispunt, Diksmuide


Petra Vermote is currently working on compositions for large orchestra, for guitar quartet and for large ensemble in the framework of a multidisciplinary project. Further information will be available when the ensembles and organizations communicate their concert programming for the next seasons. 

Latest premières :

Trough Voices, for String Quartet

première : Royal Flemisch Academy of Belgium, Hertogstraat 1 - 1000 Brussel, November 19th, 2013, by Spiegel String Quartet

commissioned by The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium

Information about the concert (in Dutch)
Text about Trough Voices (in Dutch)




Première : Ghent, Bijloke - Festival En avant mars/Voorwaarts Maart, March 1-2 2013, by Florian Peelman, viola - text Philippe Blasband

commissioned by VZW Hardscore

score Tsvayg

recording Tsvayg (2/3/2013), Florian Peelman, viola



première : Antwerp, deSingel, January 16-2013 by the Spectra Ensemble conducted by Filip Rathé

commissioned by deSingel, Antwerp

full score Re-Arch


recent update of commissions and upcoming projects : see : 'composities' in the main menu


In memory of our dear friend and esteemed colleague


27/6/1958 - 14/4/2012

Fragment of "Loss" - 12'
by Tom Pauwels (electric guitar), Philippe Malfeyt (theorbe), Osama Abdulrasol (qanun), Samir Joubran (oud), Petra Vermote (guitar), Zhubin Kahlor (kemanche)
live performance, April 18 2007, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerpen

production of Petra Vermote, commissoned by Zuiderpershuis, in cooperation with De Filmfabriek


link : Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) about his inner motivation