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Squire Artists - Roelof Jonker
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The Netherlands
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New to Squire Artists:  Ensemble 4.1

26 june 2017

Ensemble 4.1Our ongoing search for unique ensembles recently brought us to Weimar, where we heard Ensemble 4.1 in a concert at the German National Theatre. Acclaimed chamber music player and pianist Thomas Hoppe and four solo wind soloists from top-class German symphony orchestras make up this ‘Piano Windtet’. Not only their outstanding musicianship, but the infectious enthusiasm, exceptionally communicative playing and passion for music demonstrated by the ensemble instantly held us enthralled.

Aside from the scant standard repertoire for this combination, Ensemble 4.1 focuses primarily on unknown works (undeservedly so, we might add) from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, and has also had several arrangements written especially for them. Unique in this respect is Cord Garben’s arrangement of Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise, featuring lyrical baritone Roman Trekel.

New to Squire Artists:  Matthias Bamert

21 MAY 2017

Matthias BamertSquire Artists is honoured to welcome conductor Matthias Bamert aboard! Elegant, dynamic, enthusiastic - and even sensational: all labels that have been used to describe Maestro Matthias Bamert throughout the course of his long career. Classical, Romantic or Contemporary: he is renowned for his ability to gain an in-depth grasp on a score in no time at all; always culminating in a widely acclaimed performance. Bamert will be turning 75 this July, but hasn't given the idea of retirement a single thought. He was offered a principal guest conductor position by the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, which he accepted earlier this year.

New to Squire Artists:  Antje Weithaas

16 MARCH 2017

Antje WeithaasIt is with great pleasure that Squire Artists welcomes violinist Antje Weithaas to its roster of performing artists. For many years, she has been one of those rare artists who is able to transform every performance into an unforgettable event. Technical perfection, a passionate performer and driven by a desire to get through to the core of a musical score: these are the key phrases that describe a great musician, and the character traits with which Antje Weithaas enthuses her audiences. She has been doing just that as a soloist with numerous orchestras all over the world, as a player of chamber music in various ensembles and as the inspirational driving force behind chamber orchestra Camerata Bern. 2017 will see several recordings added to her discography, including Brahms’ Double Concerto and the Schumann and the Tchaikovsky violin concertos.

A festival that brings Schubert back to life

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Classical Now

For five full days, the spirit of Franz Schubert could be felt throughout The Hague. The Viennese composer’s chamber music was the common thread running through the Classical Now Festival. Among the festival’s highlights was the reconstruction of a musical soiree organised by Schubert in late March 1828 in memory of Beethoven. It proved to be a long, beautiful evening in the Nieuwe Kerk.

The French Quatuor Van Kuijk fulfilled its promise as a rising star with a passionate and theatrical performance. Almost taking on the role of a story-teller, baritone Tobias Berndt mesmerised the audience; every word clearly enunciated and charged with emotion. The same could be said for the Netherlands Chamber Choir, whose programme presented in the hours approaching midnight evoked the subdued atmosphere of nocturnal song.

However, the most impressive performance was that of the Second Piano Trio, in which Schubert allows the deceased genius of Beethoven to quietly blaze like the setting sun. Young Israeli pianist Ishay Shaer, violinist Liza Ferschtman and cellist Quirine Viersen held the audience spellbound in an almost hypnotic trance. The listeners were so enthralled that they even forgot to cough! Could they have been witness to the birth of a new piano trio?

Schubert’s instrumental music often conveys the impression of being based on a text - words that he may have erased at a later point in time. This notion holds true here, as well. The piano, violin and cello held passionate conversations, enjoying each other’s phrases and playing with the silence in between the notes. In the blink of an eye, Schubert was transformed into a magician, one about whom Grillparzer once wrote that he could transform poetry into sound and allow music to speak.

Review NRC - Joost Galema, concert 18 February at Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague
(Photo Joris-Jan Bos) 

Quatuor Van Kuijk’s Mozart CD: With highest honours, according to Luister!

7 december 2016

Quatuor van Kuijk - MozartThe début CD of the young French Quatuor Van Kuijk was already given the highest acclaim possible in the December edition of Luister: With highest honors!

From a recent review by Hans Quant: “Their youthful enthusiasm will set you aflame and their playing is of such a high standard of quality to turn you green with envy. - Their ensemble playing is perfect, the players respond flawlessly to one another. - As young as they are, this string quartet has already achieved possible level.”

Quatuor Van Kuijk will be playing in The Hague and Tilburg in February 2017 with a programme featuring works by Schubert, Debussy, Nishimura and Ravel. During the Schubert Festival 2017 in The Hague (18 & 19 February) they will also be performing this composer’s famous string quintet, for which they will be joined by cellist Quirine Viersen. As ‘Rising Stars’, they will be making their début in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in June 2018.

New to Squire Artists:  Aris Quartett

18 OCTOBER 2016

Aris Quartett Founded in Frankfurt in 2009, the Aris Quartet is one of the most popular young string quartets of today. At the International ARD Music Competition 2016 in Munich the Aris Quartet won five(!) prizes. They have been awarded with the 2nd Prize, the special prize of the French chamber music organisation ProQuartet, the "Osnabrücker Musikpreis", the prize of the music label Genuin classics - ánd the Audience Prize!

After the great success with their debut CD of 2015 a new CD with Alexander Zemlinsky's Second String Quartet and the Fifth String Quartet of Béla Bartók will be released by Telos Music Records in October 2016.