Cellist Rainer Crosett is quickly building an international career as an artist of uncommon sensitivity and creativity. From his Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2019 as the first American cellist ever to win the Pierre Fournier Award, to his Spring 2023 concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, he regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician on many of the most renowned stages throughout Europe and North America.Rainer was the recipient of the Silver Medal at the 2017 Ima Hogg Competitionresulting in a concerto debut with the Houston Symphony. As a chamber musician, Rainer has performed at festivals such as Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and Prussia Cove. He began his studies at the Harvard-New England Conservatory Joint Program, earning his M.M. from the New England Conservatory and his AB magna cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard College. Rainer is now pursuing his post-graduate studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with Jens Peter Maintz.
Since moving to the Netherlands, award-winning soprano Elisabeth Hetherington has quickly established herself as a stand out up-and-coming performer and interpreter of early, contemporary and modern repertoire throughout Europe. Elisabeth has been praised for her “… fearless and powerful personality, as well as her flawless technology and breathtaking presentation” (NRC, 2020)
In addition to her vibrant performing career, Elisabeth has received a great deal of attention for her research in the field of Original Pronunciation of Elizabethan English. She has become a sought-after clinician on the subject, giving masterclasses in conservatories around the Netherlands, as well as appearing as a lecturer in the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek.
Elisabeth was awarded the prize of the Dutch Classical Talent Award in 2020 after taking part in the year-long competition and tour. She recorded her debut album through the Dutch Broadcasting agency Avrotros, and continues to make frequent appearances on the television and radio stations of the Netherlands.
Internationally acclaimed violinist and composer Luke Hsu is sought after for his "genius interpretations" (Le Soir, Brussels) and "gregarious renditions" (The Strad). As a soloist and recitalist, Luke has played at Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Windsor Castle , Kennedy Center, Herkulessaal, The Berliner Philharmonie, BOZAR, among many others. Luke, laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, has won prizes at many of the most prestigious violin competitions in the world. He won numerous awards at the 10th Quadrennial Indianapolis International Violin Competition and 1st Prize at the ISANGYUN International Competition. His other major achievements come from the Nielsen, Wieniawski, Michael Hill and Paganini competitions.
As a soloist she has appeared with orchestra in a large range of concertos including Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Shostakovich, Haydn, Brahms and Lalo collaborating with orchestra’s like the Württembergische Philharmonie and the Noord Nederlands Orchestra. Furthermore her artistic development has been influenced and mentored by such illustrious artists as Ivan Monighetti, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirschbaum, Wolfgang-Emmanuel Schmidt, Jens-Peter Maintz, Reinhard Latzko, Arto Noras, Miklós Perényi, Antonio Meneses, Eberhard Feltz, and Raphael Wallfisch.
Anastasia has been awarded prizes in various competitions from a very early age. Recently she has been awarded the second prize and a prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work on the National Cello Biennale competition 2016 in Amsterdam.
She plays a cello by Rombouts (1710), which has been given to her on loan.
José Nunes is a Portuguese viola player living in Amsterdam. Since September 2022, José is artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of Miguel da Silva. He completed his master's degree cum laude at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Nobuko Imai and Francien Schatborn in 2020. José regularly performs in concert halls and stages throughout the Netherlands. He also often plays on Dutch national radio and television.
José participated in numerous festivals such as Festival Schiermonnikoog, Academia Isola Classica, Davos Festival, Moritzburg Festival and Santander Festival. He followed master classes with renowned professors such as Ettore Causa and Antoine Tamestit. José plays on a Charles Bazin bow that he has on loan from the National Musical Instruments Fund
British violinist Laura Rickard is a highly sought-after chamber musician and soloist, festival director, and passionate teacher. In demand as a concerto soloist, she regularly appears with orchestras across the UK, with recent performances at Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room. She has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and NBC, and was also recently elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the field.
Laura is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Romsey Chamber Music Festival which has been praised as "remarkable" - Seen and Heard International and "a little gem" - Classical Source.
Laura studied at St John's College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Upon graduation she was appointed as the Meaker Fellow and now teaches at the Academy and King's College, London
Emma Roijackers is an active chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster. She studied with Lex Korff de Gidts and Ilya Grubert in Amsterdam. She has been invited to play at several international chamber music festivals including the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival and the Festival Internacional De Música De Marvão (Portugal). Emma received second prize, the audience prize and the prize for the best performance of the modern work at the 2022 OskarBack competition. She also won the 1st prize at the Luigi Zanuccoli competition in Italy and the 3rd prize at the international Emmanuel Durlet competition in Belgium. Emma has been nominated for the Grachten Festival Prize this year. Emma plays on a violin by Giovanni Grancino (1700-1705, Milan), donated by an anonymous benefactor.
In the early days of my life, I experienced something exceptional by pressing 'Play' on my parents' stereo. The music of Chopin's first ballade: goosebumps danced on my skin, sending shivers down my spine. That is what I had to do in my life. My quest sprinted me from Brescia to Milan and, finally, to Amsterdam. Exploring beyond the piano and mentored by Mauro Montalbetti, my music feeds from progressive rock, avant-garde artists and sound design technologies. Significant projects include Duo Ebano, Ensemble Resilience and the song cycle “Night (e)scape" in collaboration with soprano Elisabeth Hetherington. My dream is to recreate and share that first otherworldly moment, and I hold on to my grandfather's wise words: "To make music, you need the three Ps—passion, patience, and perseverance."
Koenraad studied under the guidance of Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz at the Utrecht Conservatory where completed his Bachelors degree in Classical Piano in 2013 with a 10 and then his masters degree in 2017.
Koenraad has performed at national and international festivals of classical music, chamber music, improvisation and world music. In addition to a broad performing career, in 2019 Koenraad founded the chamber music series 'Spijkerklassiek' in the Amstelkerk.
Dutch violist Hannah Strijbos enjoys a versatile career performing as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player.
A passionate chamber musician, Hannah has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Verbier Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, The Whittington Chamber Music Festival with artists such as Janine Jansen, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin and Nobuko Imai.
As a soloist, Hannah has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and she performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the London Mozart Players.
Hannah has been principal viola of the The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest) since 2017.
Hannah did her undergraduate studies in Amsterdam with Marjolein Dispa and Nobuko Imai, during which she also studied in Paris for one year at the CNSM. She then moved to London to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she graduated with honours in 2014. In addition to her formal studies, Hannah has participated in master classes with Yuri Bashmet, Lawrence Power, Pinchas Zukerman and Ferenc Rados among others.
Gerbrich Meijer is an internationally active chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. She has been nominated for the Dutch Classical Talent Awards 2023/24, the Grachtenfestivalprijs 2022 and received the 'Special Prize' at the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2022. Gerbrich has performed as soloist with, among others, the Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She performed with symphony orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio, Residentie Orchestra and the North Netherlands Orchestra. Gerbrich graduated with highest honors from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Caspar Vos (1988) started his piano studies with Frank Peters at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem and continued with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Here he obtained his master's degree cum laude in 2014. Caspar subsequently took master classes with Ferenc Rados, Dimitri Bashkirov, Eldar Nebolsin, Nikolai Lugansky, Severin von Eckardstein & Pavel Nersessian. Caspar has won several prizes at national and international competitions, including a first prize at 'The Grand Dominique Competition' and a second prize at 'The 18th International Piano Competition Jean Francaix' in Paris.
In February 2018, Caspar's debut album Ego was released, containing exclusively works by the Russian composer Nikolaj Medtner. The album received a 10 in the Listener and received favorable reviews both nationally and internationally. 'Vos brings out [the music's] constantly changing moods with flair and clear affection. Caspar conveys the sense of surge and repose, mystery and exaltation that is such a hallmark of this composer.' - Gramphone. In March 2019, Caspar released his second album entirely dedicated to the Catalan composer Frederic Mompou. This CD was also received enthusiastically. NRC called Restart 'an album to cherish' and Trouw wrote 'Vos once again proves that he is one of the best Dutch pianists of his generation.' In addition to his performing activities, Caspar is also director of the Schiermonnikoog Festival.
Maxime Le Minter
Maxime Le Minter is a French oboist living in the Netherlands. After studying at the conservatory in Bordeaux with Dominique Deschamps, he graduated cum laude from Codarts, Rotterdam in 2017 (with teachers Maarten Dekkers, Aisling Casey and Ralph van Daal). Since 2019, Maxime has been the solo oboist of the Metropole Orchestra and in 2023 he won the test play at the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra for the position of second oboe and cor anglais. Maxime has played with many orchestras, including the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Het Concertgebouw Orchestra and the WDR Sinfonieorchester, and in ensembles such as Pynarello and Sinfonietta Amsterdam.