3rd Prize € 9.000,- donated by Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstuniversität Graz
Best Interpretation of a Work by Franz Schubert for Streichquartett in B-Dur, D 112, op. post. 168 € 4.500,- donated by TONDACH Gleinstätten
The Rubens Quartett was established in 2000 by four young musicians. They attended studies for three years at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam. Since 2005 the quartet has been studying with Eberhard Feltz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. Apart from the desirable Art Award of The Netherlands, the quartet won the Almere Chamber Music Award in 2003 and was awarded the “Anton Kersjes van de Groenekan” prize in 2004. In the same year, the quartet won the second prize of the International String Quartet Competition Tromp in Eindhoven, and in 2005 their participation in the renowned string quartet competition of the festival “Prague Spring” in 2005 was honoured with the third prize. In the framework of intensive studies at the Dutch String Quartet Academy the Rubens Quartett regularly attended classes with cellist Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartett) and was able to attend numerous master classes, among others with Milan Skampa, Thomas Brandis, György Kurtág and members of the Amadeus Quartett, the Borodin Quartett and of the Juilliard Quartett. As the “quartet in residence” of the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies the ensemble received intensive coaching by Hugh Maguire (Allegri Quartett) for one month each in 2002 and 2003. Among other occasions the quartet also performed by invitation from the Orpheum Foundation at the Tonhalle Zürich, played in Paris on the occasion of the Festival International de Quatuor à Cordes du Lubéron in the South of France, and lately in London and Ljubljana.
The quartet plays instruments from the collection of the “Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds” of The Netherlands.
Quirine SCHEFFERS, Violin (Netherlands)
Born in Veldhoven (The Netherlands). Studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam with Theodora Geraets, Krzysztof Wegrzyn and Peter Brunt. Master classes with Hermann Krebbes, Zakhar Bron and Helmut Zehetmair.
Sidonie RIHA, Violin (Germany)
Born in Berlin (Germany). Studies at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, with Charles-André Linale, Boris Belkin and Robert Szreder. Master classes with Ana Chumachenko, Ivan Straus and Yfrah Neaman.
Roeland JAGERS, Viola (Netherlands)
Born in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Studies at the Brabants Conservatorium Tilburg and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with Ferdinand Erblich, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Nobuko Imai. Master classes with Ervin Schiffer, Wolfram Christ and Milan Skampa.
Joachim EIJLANDER, Violoncello (Netherlands)
Born in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Studies at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht with Elias Arizcuren and Laurentiu Sbârcea. Master classes with Clemens Hagen, László Mezö and Antonio Meneses.
RUBENS QUARTETT, 3rd Round
f.l.t.r.: Quirine Scheffers, Joachim Eijlander, Sidonie Riha, Roeland Jagers, Rector Otto Kolleritsch, Willibald Plessas (Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstuniversität Graz)
Franz Schubert: aus: Streichquartett d-Moll D 810 “Der Tod und das Mädchen”:
II. Andante con moto