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About the Viride Quartet

The Viride Quartet consists of violinists Salomé Bonnema (2001) and Nadia ten Kate (2000), violist Sedna Heitzman (2000) and cellist Jurre Koopmans (2002). The members met during their time at the School for Young Talent of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and started playing quartet together in 2017. After this, the four of them moved on to the Bachelor programme of the same conservatory.

The quartet has been part of several international festivals and courses such as the Orlando Festival, Zeister Muziekdagen, Festival Jong Talent Schiermonnikoog, Crans Montana Classics (Switzerland), Seminario Internacional Ciudad de Guadix (Spain) and Festival Residart (Italy). They are also often part of Musethica projects led by Avri Levitan.

The quartet received lessons from many renowned musicians such as Gary Hoffman, Mathieu Herzog, Marcin Sieniawski and members of the Matangi Quartet, Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Cuarteto Casals, Cuarteto Quiroga, Quartetto di Cremona and the Jerusalem Quartet. Since 2019, they have been 'quartet-in-residence' at the Zeist Music Days, giving them the opportunity to work closely together with, and receive regular lessons from Alexander Pavlovsky (violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet). Additionally, thanks to the residency of the Dutch String Quartet Academy, they get the opportunity to receive masterclasses from a.o. the members of the Quatuor Danel (in particular violinist Marc Danel) and Luc-Marie Aguera. in 2023 the Viride Quartet has been selected to join the MERITA platform - where chamber Music, hERItage and TAlent meet. Click here for more information. 

The quartet has been awarded several prizes, such as the second prize at the National Finals of the Prinses Christina Concours in 2018, and in 2019 they received a string quartet stipend by ‘Het Kersjes Fonds’. During several concerts, the Viride Quartet collaborated with well-known musicians such as Anna Fedorova, Dana Zemtsov, Daniel Rowland, Cuarteto Quiroga, the Matangi Quartet and the Jerusalem Quartet.

Several times the Viride Quartet has appeared on Dutch national television, for example during the television programme Podium Witteman, and their concerts have been broadcast live by NPO Radio 4 on several occasions. In addition, they have been able to give concerts in a variety of famous venues, such as the Royal Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, De De Doelen in Rotterdam, Concertgebouw de Vereeniging in Nijmegen, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and many other locations.

The Viride Quartet focuses on performing varied repertoire. For instance, in February 2020, they travelled to Vienna to study the music of the Second Viennese School together with Henk Guittart at the Schoenberg Centre and Arnold Schoenberg's house in Mödling. The quartet also enjoys performing music by Dutch composers, for example the music of Willem Pijper and Leo Smit. In October 2021, they performed a world premiere at the Unheard Music Festival: 'TranscenDance', written specially for this festival by composer Kate Moore, and received rave reviews from several national newspapers.

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