Biography

Lucas van Woerkum

Lucas van Woerkum (1982) makes drama films based on symphonic music and directs music documentaries. He studied French horn at Fontys Conservatory Tilburg and graduated in 2004 from the directing program of the Utrecht School of the Arts with the documentary film Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, which he made in close collaboration with internationally known filmmaker Frank Scheffer. His graduation film premiered in the Holland Festival and was shown in the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum in Paris. In 2007 he was selected by the Dutch Filmfund to direct the fiction film To Anna, which was released on television and in cinemas. Next to that Lucas directed music documentaries for television on the composers Arvo Pärt, Willem Jeths, Michel van der Aa and Alfons Diepenbrock.

Symphonic Cinema was introduced to the public in June 2010 with the film Sophia, based on a composition by Dirk Brossé. Shortly after Sophia became a great success, Lucas got commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to make the film Scale, le tombeau de Mahler on a composition by Willem Jeths. In 2011 the Symphonic Cinema film The Isle of the Dead, based on Die Toteninsel by Sergei Rachmaninov was performed with the Residentie Orchestra The Hague conducted by Jun Märkl. In 2012 The Isle of the Dead was shown in a special event in the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. In 2013 seven different international orchestras commissioned Firebird, based on Stravinsky’s L’oiseau de Feu.

In 2018, the new production of Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloé premiered at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and had its Manchester premiere with the BBC Philharmonic. Until today both Firebird and Daphnis & Chloé are successfully touring around the world with recent performances in Prague and Taiwan.

Lucas latest film The Echo of Being is based on the life of the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler. It stars the international acclaimed actors Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility) and Amira Casar (Call Me by Your Name) and had its celebrated premiere in February 2020 with the Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus, opening the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival 2020. Currently Lucas is working on Hector Berlioz’ masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique.

Wim Lehnhausen & Dik van der Stroom

Symphonic Cinema is produced by Wim Lehnhausen & Dik van der Stroom.
Their film credits are diverse and include over 40 international feature films, at least 1000 commercials & corporate films and a number of television series, including working alongside internationally acclaimed film directors like Jeroen Krabbé, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Paul Verhoeven and Alex van Warmerdam, and as well as actors such as Pierre Bokma, Jacob Derwig, Colin Firth, Stephen Fry, Thekla Reuten, Halina Rijn and Liev Schreiber.

In 2010 Dik and Wim took over Amsterdam Studios, the film studios with the longest film history  in The Netherlands.
Since their schooldays Dik & Wim have been very close friends and together they have built up different businesses. In the early nineties they established a production service unit for the film industry through which they made major contributions to the Dutch film industry.