Founded in 2003 by violinist Annette von Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe, the ATOS Trio strives to convey the spirit of string quartet playing to the piano trio realm. Never shying from extremes, the ensemble aims to push limits when it comes to sound and dynamics and is known for its honesty of interpretation.
The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties. This also has consequences for audiences, which from one concert to the next have to be prepared for all eventualities: “A work really develops only in a live performance,” the quartet says.
Calefax is a close-knit ensemble of five reed players. For more than three decades they have been acclaimed in the Netherlands and abroad for their virtuosic playing, brilliant arrangements and innovation. They are the inventors of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They provide inspiration to wind players and wind quintets from all over the world who follow in their footsteps.
The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group now enjoying their sixteenth year together; this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. Michael Brown has been described as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times).
New York-based Harlem Quartet, currently serving a three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music, has been praised for its “panache” by The New York Times. Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble has thrilled audiences and students around the world.