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Van Lanschot Kempen extends sponsoring of Concertgebouw by three years

The Royal Concertgebouw has received a sponsor commitment until 2025 from Van Lanschot Kempen. The oldest independent financial institution in the Netherlands has been the main sponsor of our concert venue since 2018. This partnership was instrumental in making performances possible in recent years, including the much-visited online concert series Empty Concertgebouw Sessions.

Maarten Edixhoven, Chair of the Management Board of Van Lanschot Kempen about this partnership: 'At Van Lanschot Kempen it is not only about financial wealth but also about cultural wealth. It is about preserving, protecting and encouraging the growth of all that is valuable.

Music provides comfort, inspiration and joy; it is “the perfect kind of art” Oscar Wilde wrote long ago. The Concertgebouw brings people together and enriches their lives through superb musical experiences. We are therefore delighted to extend our partnership with the Concertgebouw by three years.’

Simon Reinink, Managing Director of the Concertgebouw: ‘In difficult times, you realise who your true friends are. This was again proven over the past period. While the Concertgebouw was closed to audiences due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were assured of the continued support of Van Lanschot Kempen. Their assistance enabled many musicians to perform for our online audiences during the Empty Concertgebouw Sessions. Despite many limitations, this allowed us to fulfil our shared ambition of enriching as many lives as possible with an unparalleled musical experience.’

Connecting through the beauty of music

The theme of Van Lanschot Kempen’s sponsorship of the Concertgebouw is ‘Connecting through the beauty of music’. Over the past five years, this has been realised in numerous ways. Besides concert visits by the company’s personnel and clients, our cooperative efforts also included several social projects. Pupils with special education, hosted by employees of the bank, visited the Concertgebouw for a spectacular performance of the children’s concert A Thousand and One Nights.

A video series and podcasts were also developed to make classical music more accessible, such as the series ‘You know more classical music than you think’. A number of special events are organised in this framework each year such as the Symphonic Tribute to Avicii. During the Covid-19 crisis, Van Lanschot Kempen made over 40 Empty Concertgebouw Sessions possible. More than 100 Dutch and international artists gave these online concerts in the Concertgebouw without a live audience. The concert series was still a great success, reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Background

Van Lanschot Kempen has contributed to the preservation and development of Dutch cultural heritage since 1737. It also has a partnership, for instance, with the Van Gogh Museum, Het Noordbrabants Museum and Kröller-Müller Museum. Also the company holds the country’s oldest corporate art collection. These diverse forms of cultural support strengthen and enrich one another, thereby contributing to the growth of the bank's ‘cultural wealth’. For the longest time, Van Lanschot Kempen has chosen to share this cultural wealth with others. Throughout the year, activities are organised for business associates and staff revolving around Van Lanschot Kempen’s cultural partnerships, while the art collection adorns their office walls.

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About Van Lanschot Kempen

Van Lanschot Kempen, a wealth manager active in Private Banking, Asset Management and Merchant Banking, aims to preserve and create wealth, in a sustainable way, for both its clients and the society of which it is part. Listed at Euronext Amsterdam, Van Lanschot Kempen is the Netherlands’ oldest independent financial services company, with a history dating back to 1737.

For more information, please visit vanlanschotkempen.com

About The Royal Concertgebouw

The Royal Concertgebouw is considered one of the most important concert halls in the world because of its unparalleled acoustics and wide range of high-level programming. The concert hall has a great tradition for legendary concerts by musical greats. With more than 900 activities (of which almost 80% are concerts), more than 750.000 concert goers, educational projects and private events annually, The Concertgebouw is one of the most visited concert halls in the world. www.concertgebouw.nl