LUDWIG’s programming is as thoroughly thought out as it is adventurous. Artistic director Peppie Wiersma effortlessly brings together composers from different time periods, styles, and backgrounds. The musicians perform the greatest music to the highest possible standard but free from the organisational and management norms of conventional ensembles and orchestras. And distinctive it certainly is: the musicians often interact directly with their audience, play from memory, experiment with different forms of presentation and collaborate with makers in other disciplines in order to change the way people experience a concert, and have staged a number of legendary appearances with leading soloists.

Barbara Hannigan

LUDWIG maintains a close collaboration with the innovative conductor/singer Barbara Hannigan. In 2017, after an extensive tour of Europe, they recorded their first album ‘Crazy Girl Crazy’, which was awarded a Grammy in January 2018. In 2020 followed the second album ‘La Passione,’ winner of the Record Academy Award in the Contemporary Music category. In spring 2019 Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG toured with nine different programmes, among which Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, which was performed in venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Paris, Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Ojai Festival (California).

Upcoming Projects

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

LUDWIG tours through the Netherlands, to play in picturesque bandstands and open-air theatres in villages, cities and parks.

Ultimate Xmas with Lucie

LUDWIG and the fabulous young recorder player Lucie Horsch (Nederlandse Muziekprijs 2020) present the ultimate Christmas programme: we start with some favourite Christmas classics but…

Sean Shibe & LUDWIG

In Seven Shades of Sean, LUDWIG focuses on the young Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe. Seven of LUDWIG’s top musicians unravel Sean’s musical identity and challenge…

Recent Projects

Ludwig & Barbara Hannigan

LUDWIG, Barbara Hannigan soprano/conductor, soloists from Equilibrium Young Artists. Gerald Barry, Salomé / Haydn - Symphony nr. 90 in C

The heavenly life

LUDWIG, in a small line-up, throws itself into Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. But before we reach the heavens, darkness prevails.

Lucie in the convent

A programme with young recorderplayer Lucie Horsch around Vivaldi and the performing practice in the Ospedale della Pietà

La Passione

Barbara Hannigan releases her second album as soprano and conductor with Dutch orchestra LUDWIG, following on from Crazy Girl Crazy which won the 2018 GRAMMY Award for…

The Rake’s Progress

The Rake’s Progress toured Europe and was part of the Ojai Festival and Aldeburgh Festival in 2019.

Moonlight Serenade

Great artists of all times have been inspired by the same moon. For this programme we chose three different visions, and added a small appetizer...

Queen Tania

The pride of Curaçao as Cleopatra in Amsterdam. The flamboyant mezzo-soprano Tania Kross has for years been the musical face of the Caribbean island of…


CD Crazy Girl Crazy

Grant ‘The Art of Impact’
In July 2015, LUDWIG received a grant from the prestigious governmental  funding program The Art of Impact, for it’s research project ‘LUDWIG and the Brain’, in which LUDWIG, in cooperation with leading scientists, develops innovative implementations for music that have a positive effect on the wellbeing and education of specific audiences.

‘De Ovatie 2014’ (Standing Ovation Award)
Award of the Dutch board of Theaters and Concerthalls for the most innovative concert of the year 2014.