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Squire Artists - Roelof Jonker
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The Netherlands
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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.


Amatis Piano Trio BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2016-18!

29 AUGUSTUS 2016


apt2Wonderful news! Today BBC Radio 3 announced the six new musicians from around the globe who have been selected to join its New Generation Artists scheme from 2016-2018: the Amatis Piano Trio among them!

BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists are offered opportunities to work with the BBC orchestras, perform in Radio 3’s prestigious Monday Lunchtime Concert series from Wigmore Hall as well as from festivals around the UK, commission new work, and make studio recordings.

Read more on the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists website.


New to Squire Artists: Gioele Muglialdo & Movies in Concert

1 mei 2016


cinemia in concertoAs an eclectic and versatile musician, Gioele Muglialdo has mastered a repertoire ranging from all forms of classical music to musical, film scores, jazz and pop music. A fundamental aspect of his musical career, which in this project is a major factor, is his long-time experience in the particular technique of synchronizing music and images, without any technical equipment.

It places him among the exclusive number of conductors specialized in cine-concert, screening of films with an orchestral accompaniment. Gioele Muglialdo is, at the moment, the only Italian conductor skilled in this repertoire.

His future cine-concert engagements in 2016 include Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" in the German city of Wolfsburg and his debut at the Monte Carlo Opéra in 2016, at the prestigious Salle Garnier, performing Fritz Lang's masterpiece "Metropolis".


New to Squire Artists:  Amatis Piano Trio

17 april 2016


apt1The career of the Amatis Piano Trio was accellerated by winning The Parkhouse Award in the London Wigmore Hall in 2015. The young musicians of this up-and-coming piano trio could recently add another trophy to their list of prizes by ending first out of the four competing piano trios in the final round of the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition 2016. This year the Amatis Piano Trio has been nominated for the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival Prize, after winning its Audience Prize in 2014.