• Quartetto di Venezia

    Quartetto di Venezia

    The Quartetto di Venezia has been an internationally acclaimed ensemble for more than 30 years. Numerous CDs of this quartet have appeared on leading labels such as Naxos and Decca, including their 10-CD box of Italian string quartets which is considered the standard for the repertoire. Their concert tours take them all over the world. The quartet also has a concert series of its own in a brand-new concert hall on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, which has been made possible since 2016 by the Fondazione Cini.

  • Sofya Gulyak - piano

    Sofya Gulyak - piano

    Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak's breakthrough occurred in 2009, when she was awarded the First Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition. Her recitals and solo performances with various orchestras, as well as her CDs, were greeted with tremendous acclaim from the international press. In 2017 Sofya Gulyak presented the première performance of Fanny Mendelssohn’s rediscovered Ostersonate (Easter Sonata), about which the BBC produced a documentary.

  • Maria Fiselier - mezzo-soprano

    Maria Fiselier - mezzo-soprano

    Dutch mezzo-soprano Maria Fiselier is considered one of the rising stars of her generation. She is lauded for her “rich timbre and exceptionally warm voice, full of sensuality”. Fiselier received six honorary prizes at the 2012 International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, including the ‘Prize for Young Talent’. She is currently affiliated with the Komische Oper Berlin.

  • Peter Nilsson - piano

    Peter Nilsson - piano

    Peter Nilsson has performed in all of the Netherlands’ major concert halls, together with such renowned artists as Charlotte Margiono, Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester and Olga Peretyatko. He also appears regularly with Maria Riccarda Wesseling (Venice, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Tonhalle Zürich, Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo) and Julia Westendorp (Davos and Luzern Festivals). A CD was released in November 2014 featuring Peter Nilsson and mezzo-soprano Maria Fiselier with songs by Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells and Benjamin Britten.

  • Simone Lamsma - violin

    Simone Lamsma - violin

    Renowned for her “brilliant… polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma has gained worldwide respect from the press, her peers and the public as one of today’s most remarkable and fascinating musical personalities. Conductor Jaap van Zweden calls her one of the world’s most prestigious violinists.

  • Quirine Viersen - cello

    Quirine Viersen - cello

    Internationally acclaimed Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen is among the most prominent musicians of her generation. Her CDs featuring the solo works of Bach and Britten received glowing reviews all over the world. She is a highly favoured chamber music player and also performs as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras in the Netherlands and abroad.

  • Ishay Shaer - piano

    Ishay Shaer - piano

    The young Israeli pianist Ishay Shaer has been the winner of numerous international competitions since 2006. During the past few years, he has developed into an inspired soloist and highly sought-after chamber music player. Shaer has performed all over the world, from China to South America, and according to the international press “his interpretations bear witness of an astounding originality”. His new Beethoven CD, featuring two sonatas and two sets of Bagatelles, appeared in November 2017 under the Orchid label.

  • Henk Neven & Hans Eijsackers

    Henk Neven & Hans Eijsackers

    Baritone Henk Neven was the winner of the 2011 Dutch Music Award. Not so surprising: this successful baritone feels equally at ease singing arias from Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, playing a role in opera, presenting a world première performance or interpreting Lieder. Pianist and multi-talented musician Hans Eijsackers is Professor of Song Interpretation at the Robert Schumann Conservatory of Music in Düsseldorf, among others, and therefore his ideal partner in music. Together, they will be presenting Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle. Certainly something to look forward to!

  • Lestari Scholtes & Gwylim Janssens - piano duo

    Lestari Scholtes & Gwylim Janssens - piano duo

    Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens have been a highly successful piano duo since 2003. The recipient of numerous first prizes at several prestigious competitions, the duo has toured extensively throughout Asia and North and South America. In addition to this, they are the organisers of the Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam, of which the fifth edition took place in 2017.

  • Antje Weithaas - violin

    Antje Weithaas - violin

    “Antje Weithaas is one of the greatest violinists of our times” (Fonoforum). The fact that her performances make such an overwhelming impression can be attributed to the intensity with which she plays the violin. Antje Weithaas has dozens of highly acclaimed CDs to her name featuring solo repertoire, chamber music and the great violin concertos, and as the conductor & concertmaster of the Swiss top-class chamber orchestra Camerata Bern.

  • Jasper Grijpink - clarinet

    Jasper Grijpink - clarinet

    Clarinettist Jasper Grijpink studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Ab Vos and Pierre Woudenberg. He has been a member of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague since August 2015. In addition to this, he is active in chamber music, playing in such ensembles as the Trio Cortado. This ensemble’s first CD was released in April 2017 with the trio’s own arrangements of French repertoire by Ravel, Couperin and Debussy.

  • Hannah Strijbos - viola

    Hannah Strijbos - viola

    Hannah Strijbos is the principal violist of the Residentie Orchestra, in addition to which she is active as a soloist and chamber music player (as part of the Jacques Thibaud Ensemble, among others). She has won numerous prizes at Dutch and international competitions and performs regularly at international festivals, including the world-famous Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

  • Van Baerle Trio

    Van Baerle Trio

    The Van Baerle Trio firmly established its international reputation after being awarded top prizes at major international competitions in France and Germany (ARD München, 2013). The trio was also awarded the audience prize at both competitions. In the Netherlands they had already been conferred the Kersjesprijs award in 2012 as a young, promising ensemble. They underscore their exceptional musicianship not only through their performances, but also through their CDs with works by Ravel, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

  • Jeannette van Schaik - soprano

    Jeannette van Schaik - soprano

    Soprano Jeannette van Schaik received her bachelor’s degree with honours at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she studied with Sasja Hunnego and coach David Bollen. She then proceeded to obtain her master’s degree at the Dutch National Opera Academy. Last December saw her début performance in the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème in the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and at the National Opera as First Madrigalist in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

  • Maria Milstein - violin

    Maria Milstein - violin

    Born in Moscow, violinist Maria Milstein’s career as a soloist and chamber music player has been gaining rapid momentum on the Dutch as well as international concert stage. Together with pianist Hannes Minaar and cellist Gideon den Herder, she is part of the Van Baerle Trio, the winner of numerous prestigious awards at major competitions in France and Germany.

  • Shihyun Lee - piano

    Shihyun Lee - piano

    Born in South Korea in 1991, pianist Shihyun Lee was recently awarded First Prize in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition for students of German conservatories, as well as the Special Prize for her interpretation of the commissioned work (by Kit Armstrong). She gained extensive experience as a soloist with various orchestras in her homeland and recently made her début with the Berliner Konzerthausorchester in Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto. She has been a student of Prof. Markus Groh at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 2014.