The Chekhov Trio is a piano trio founded in Maastricht in 2016. Dutch violinist Emma Rhebergen, American cellist Anna Litvinenko and Belgian pianist Fem Devos like to treat chamber music as a form of theatre: they seek to communicate narrative and dialogue through their endless exploration of characters and roles within the music they perform.
The trio has performed on many stages throughout Belgium and The Netherlands, and has had several appearances on Dutch national radio. It has also achieved success in international competitions, winning the second prize and special “KCB Award” in the 2018 International Music Competition Triomphe de l’Art in Brussels, and being ﬁnalists at the 2019 Ysaye International Music Competion in Liège. A recent highlight has been the release of an Etcetera records recording of the works of Hans Kox, featuring their performance of his piano trio.
The Chekhov Trio has performed numerous times in the Orlando Festival in Kerkrade, and has also worked extensively with their mentor Henk Guittart, Enrico Bronzi (Trio di Parma), Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Osiris Trio, Shunske Sato, Shuann Chai, and Sigiswald Kuijken, among others.
Duo Emma Rhebergen en Michelle Chow
Duo Emma Rhebergen & Michelle Chow is a result of their long lasting friendship and their combined passion for chamber music. Emma and Michelle met each other as young students at the School for Young Talent at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and they have played together as a duo since 2013. They recieve lessons from Michael Dussek and Yuzuko Horigome, and in the past, they were coached by Ellen Corver, Hans Eijsackers and Sepp Grotenhuis.
As a duo, Michelle and Emma enjoy developing a broad scala of repertoire, from which they always choose for adventurous and exciting programs. They performed in concerts throughout the Netherlands and in London, UK.
Metis Quartet was established in November 2015 by violinists Emma Rhebergen and Ana Termeulen, violist Anna Meenderink, and cellist Carlos Leal Cardín. The four musicians met during their studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The four members found each other through their love for the string quartet repertoire. They enjoy discovering and drawing attention to unknown or less often played music for string quartet. The musicians have a shared feeling of musical interpretation. They strive for transparency to bring justice to the different voices, while at the same time not losing sight of the harmony of playing together.
The Metis Quartet participated in the Zeister Muziekdagen (2016) where they had master classes with members of the Emerson Quartet, the Cuarteto Quiroga, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), and Alexander Pavlovsky (Jerusalem Quartet). With the Danel Quartet, the Metis Quartet had a series of master classes, which concluded with a concert in Tivoli- Vredenburg in May 2017. Furthermore, the Metis members have had lessons with Johannes Meissl, Lucia Swarts, Vera Beths, and Liesbeth Steffens.
The Metis Quartet has performed in the national concert halls, such as during the Grachtenfestival 2016 in Amsterdam, where they played Haydn, Shostakovich and Grieg. They have also played in The Doelen in Rotterdam in the finals of the Grote Kamermuziekprijs (2016).
The StringWood Ensemble is an ensemble of young talented musicians, who like to share their love for (classical) chamber music with a broad audience, in theatrical concert programs. They combine their soloistic qualities in passionate ensemble playing on Dutch stages and abroad.
The ensemble was formed under the name Pieter's Angels in 2008 during the tour of the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra of the Young Talent department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague to Santiago de Compostela. Clarinet, string quartet and piano is the line-up that was created at that time and still oﬀers them the opportunity to choose a very varied repertoire, from duo to sextet.
The StringWood Ensemble has given concerts at a variety of venues and occasions, from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to living room and garden concerts. It also took part in various festivals, such as the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and the International Chamber Music Festival Hoorn. From 2010 to 2018 the ensemble organised an annual mini-festival on the Island of Terschelling. In March 2020, the ﬁrst edition of the StringWood Festival took place in Katwijk a/d Rijn in The Netherlands.
The musicians of the Stringwood Ensemble are violinist Emma Rhebergen and Eva de vries, violist Jurriaan Klapwijk, cellist Jobine Siekman, clarinettist Denise van Leeuwen and pianist and actress Valentina Tóth.
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