De Link is voor veel nieuwe muziekliefhebbers een begrip geworden. Hoe is het eigenlijk begonnen? Wat is de geschiedenis?
The idea for De Link arose during a concert at the home of Tilburg composer Jo Sporck in 1986. Together with pianist Paul Sprangers he worked out the plan for a music series with the character of a chamber music concert. The distance between the audience and performance was kept as little as possible. In 'Zoavenlaan 77' a suitable location was found with good acoustics. For ten years - until the discontinuance of the building - the series proved its worth convincingly. In the two years that followed (1996-1998) De Link found a temporary accomodation in De Synagoge and the Conservatoriumzaal.
As of September 1998 the concert series of De Link takes place in the restored chapel of Het Cenakel. Composers as Mayke Nas, Bruno Nelissen and Maurice van Loon where responsible for the program of contemporary composed music.
The current artistic and business directors are composers Merijn Bisschops and Nicoline Soeter. They are supported by talented volunteers that share the same passion for new music. Over time the concert series was extended with multidisciplinary activities on several locations. For instance, De Link was curator for festival Incubate, presented a cultural-philosophical program in De Nieuwe Vorst together with Academic Forum Tilburg University and started an artist residency for conservatory students and professionals with Fontys AMPA. In 2019 by initiative of De Link the first Tilburg City Composer was appointed: Anthony Fiumara. As of 2020 the activities of De Link stretch further accross the province of Noord-Brabant