Led by Simon Murphy (performing on Viola and Violoncello Piccolo), The Chamber Soloists of The New Dutch Academy have given recitals and concert performances at the major European Music Festivals and at prestigeous European historical venues, including the birth house of GF Handel - the Handelhaus in Halle - and at the original workspace of JS Bach - the Residenzschloss - in Weimar.
Other international touring activities have taken the Chamber Soloists to Canada, the U.S.A., Asia and Australia where the Soloists have given concerts, recitals and radio broadcasts as well as educational activities including masterclasses, workshops and lecture recitals. Recent highlights have included performances for the Getty Center in Los Angeles and performances in the original location of the presentation of the Nobel prizes - The Royal Academy in Stockholm.
At home, the Chamber Soloists perform regularly in the NDA's own chamber music series in The Hague and are also popular guests at other chamber series throughout the Netherlands.
The repertoire of the NDA Chamber Soloists ranges from JS Bach through to the Bach Sons, CF Abel and Graun through to Mozart, Zappa, Boccherini, Beethoven, Reichardt, Pleyel and Mendelssohn in ensemble sizes ranging between 3 to 12 musicians.
A particular speciality of the Chamber Soloists is the recital programme "Bach's Cello" in which the NDA's artistic director Simon Murphy performs selections from the Bach Cello Suites alongside other repertoire for Cello and Basso Continuo by Dutch, German and Italian contemporaries of Bach upon the successful reconstruction of Bach's own Cello, the Violoncello Piccolo.
Other popular programmes in the last years have included works for strings by Mozart, Boccherini and Beethoven and works for Flute Quartet by Mozart, Wendling, Abel, JCF Bach, Neubauer, Graaf, Schwindl and Stamitz.
Murphy also regularly performs solo recital programmes with late 18th century and early 19th century works for Viola and Piano.
Upcoming touring concert events of the Chamber Soloists include performances for the Bachfest Leipzig 2010.
2009-2010 Chamber Soloists concert programmes in the NDA's home city of The Hague include Bach's Brandenburg Concertos no. 2, 3 and 6, C.P.E. Bach's Quartets for Flute, Viola and Keyboard, Works for Keyboard by W.F. Bach and Works for One, Two and Three Cellos variously by Zappa, Rust, Vivaldi, Abel and Boccherini.
Programmes planned for 2010-2011 include String Quintets by Boccherini, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, the Mozart Sextet in E flat as well as diverse chamber music from the 18th century Court of Orange in The Hague.
Kammermusik im besten Wortsinn, deren zarte Klangfarben schon durch die authentische Instrumentierung entstehen. ... intimer Klang … Leichtigkeit und Eleganz … saftigem Ton und jugendlicher Frische vortrug … eine barocke Delikatesse auf höchstem Niveau … Viel Beifall für eine Reise in die Zeit der Hofmusik in passendem Ambiente.“ (Westfälisch Nachrichten)
“De in 2002 door altviolist Simon Murphy opgerichte New Dutch Academy onderscheidt zich door interessante programmaconcepten en een ongebreidelde musiceerdrift. ... een grote beweeglijkheid en dynamiek. Muziek als een kolkende, alles overspoelende rivier. ... één vloeiende, wiegende, swingende beweging die voor je gevoel nooit stopt … De NDA Chamber Soloists smaken naar meer ...” (Delftsche Courant)