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The world famous Kronos Quartet take over Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin to offer a look under the bonnet of the Kronos engine. During the first part of the day you are welcome to watch the quartet give four coaching sessions to three string quartets from the Netherlands String Quartet Academy (Quatuor Yako, the Nostos Quartet and the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet) and the Ragazze Quartet, helping them to master pieces from the Kronos repertoire. The Kronos Quartet and their long-time manager Janet Cowperthwaite will also attend a talkshow about the Kronos brand, moderated by musician and cultural entrepreneur Brendan Walsh. There will be ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
The Ragazze Quartet – Rosa Arnold and Jeanita Vriens (violin), Annemijn Bergkotte (viola) and Rebecca Wise (cello) – is a young Anglo-Dutch quartet that stands out for its musical inspiration, talent, presentation and especially its versatility. The Ragazze Quartet does not hesitate to collaborate with composers, musicians, authors and artists from other music styles and artistic disciplines
Both approaches or disciplines complement and elevate each other from a comparable point of view in these collaborations. The Ragazze Quartet did the full-time two-year course at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy (NSQA), which they completed in 2011. It was one of only three quartets worldwide to participate in the Kronos Quartet master class at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2010. The Quartet landed a contract with the label Channel Classics for three albums in 2012. Vivere (2013) and Česko (2015) were enthusiastically received by the international press. Its third album came out in May of this year: Four Four Three, devoted entirely to Terry Riley’s music. In 2013 the quartet won the Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize for exceptional talent in Dutch chamber music.
The Quatuor Yako (Ludovic Thilly and Pierre Maestra (violin), Vincent Verhoeven (viola), and Alban Lebrun (cello)) was founded in 2015. They studied chamber music at the Lyon Conservatoire (CNSMD) and get invited to many master classes and academies. In 2015 the quartet was on stage with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. It won the FNAPEC competition in March of this year.
The members of the Cassadó Quartet are Sergio Aparicio Rodríguez (violin), Sigurjon Freyrsson Lorenzo (violin), Marleen A-Tjak (viola) and Andrea Gómez Oncina (cello). They met in 2013 at Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam. Currently they are studying at the Nederlandse StrijkKwartet Academie in Amsterdam. Recently they collaborated with the French Theater Company Vivarium Studio in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. The quartet has a large variety of styles in their repertoire going from Haydn to Schönberg. They have also played the Mahler’s 4th Symphony arranged for ensemble. They named the quartet after Gaspar Cassadó, a Spanish cellist and composer from the beginning of 20th Century.
The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet (Simone Müller, Dineke Nauta, John Pfeuffer and Paulina Marta Kulesza) is an ensemble of musicians from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany, which has performed in many major concert halls. It has performed at international festivals in Scotland, the Netherlands and Germany, and has won several awards. The quartet is going to tour the Netherlands next season for the Dutch Classical Talent Tour. It is also performing in a stage concert by Oorkaan. The quartet has built up a wide repertoire since was founded in 2011, ranging from original French saxophone quartets and adaptations of string quartets to contemporary compositions.