The String Soloists
The String Soloists is an international dynamic string ensemble based in Amsterdam, comprising 14 string players who perform under the leadership of its concertmaster Janneke van Prooijen and artistic leader Lisa Jacobs. Their approach to music-making without a conductor is what dis- tinguishes the group from the regular chamber orchestras. It demands intensive involvement from all the musicians.
Founded in 2015, The String Soloists have already performed at major venues in the Netherlands and Germany and were invited several times to perform live on Dutch radio. Highlights of next season include their debut in the prestigious sunday morning series of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and concert tours to Germany, France and Portugal.
The repertoire of The String Soloists encompasses a variety of styles, ranging from Baroque to contemporary works. Alongside performances of the mainstream repertoire, the ensemble focusses on performing unjustly neglected works. The composition of the ensemble enables them to play both as ensemble member and a soloist within the group. Besides their involvement in the String Soloists, all musicians individually are active members of the international music scene, both as chamber musicians and solo players.
Reviews on the cd ‘L’arte del violino’ with amazing Lisa Jacobs:
“The recording sparkles, shines and is full of joy”
— Stefanie Westphal (Music Director Classic FM), Luister Magazine, Best Album, September 2016)
A balanced recording full of warmth and energy. A great success!
— Le Disquaire, France, September 2016
Their interpretation of the 2nd Locatelli concerto is a little miracle of artfully-expressive playing
— Pizzicato, Luxembourg, August 2016
Every single stroke of the bow expresses the genuine love for the music of the violin virtuoso from Bergamo
— NRC, The Netherlands, August 2016
This Locatelli CD showcases perfectly Lisa Jacobs’ infectuous virtuosity, combined with her charme and an passionate lyrical but dancing approach full of laughter. Her sound and appearance are both sympathetic and captivating…The result of their (The String Soloists) approach to music-making without a conductor is phenomenal.
Klassiek Centraal, Belgium, July 2016
Cypresses String Quartet
The musicians of the Cypresses string quartet are:
Matilde Loureiro, violin
Emma Roijackers, violin
Martin Moriarty, viola
Amke Te Wies, cello
The musicians met at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and decided to play together because of a particular composition: the twelve Cypresses for string quartet by A. Dvorák (originally songs). The distinctiveness of these songs vis-à-vis other string quartet repertoire served as the quartet’s starting point and significantly influenced their sound. Each song is short but quite different in character. Playing all twelve opens a huge palette of colours in sound and fantasy, which the quartet takes with them in every composition they play.
They performed in various locations in the Netherlands and live on the radio at the Openbare Bibliotheek of Amsterdam.
In April 2016 they played two concerts in Portugal, including works of L. v. Beethoven, J. Haydn, and A. Dvorák. They have been coached by Dmitry Ferschtman, Cornelis Coelmans, and Maria Milstein, and been accepted in the Akoesticum Talent Program 2016 in Ede. There they received lessons with Jean-Bernard Pommier, Marcel Baudet, David Dolan, Maria Milstein, Jérôme Pernoo, Johannes Meissl and Oscar Colombian Bosch. The final concert will be broadcast on BRAVA in 2017; more details will follow soon.
The musicians of Trio Reynaerde are:
Emma Roijackers, violin
Mees Vos, horn
Laurens de Man, piano
Brahms’ horn trio served as the meeting point for Trio Reynaerde, who formed at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Intensive work on this work prompted them to further explore the horn trio repertoire.
Mees organized a project in which he combined music with poetry, using repertoire of the horn trio as the musical part. Later, they added to their repertoire works by C. Czerny, N. Gade, and C. Koechlin.
Trio Reynaerde played on live radio in 2016 and gave concerts om various locations in the Netherlands.
This summer they gave a concert in a more special form, where Laurens played the organ. The composers in this program were J.S Bach, F. Liszt, and C. H Graun. Emma and Laurens also regularly play together as duo and give concerts on a regular base on all kinds of locations.