The Metis Quartet was established in November 2015 by violinists Emma Rhebergen and Ana Termeulen, violist Anna Meenderink, and cellist Carlos Leal Cardín. The four musicians know each other from their studies at the Royal Conservatoire at The Hague. At the moment they study at the conservatoires of The Hague, Maastricht, and Freiburg.
The four members found each other in their love for the string quartet repertoire. They enjoy to discover and draw attention to unknown or lesser played music for string quartet. The musicians have a shared feeling of musical interpretation. They strive for transparency to do justice to the different voices, while at the same time not losing sight of the harmony of playing together.
The Metis Quartet participated in the Zeister Muziekdagen 2016 where they had master classes with members of the Emerson Quartet, the Cuarteto Quiroga, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), and Alexander Pavlovsky (Jerusalem Quartet). With the Danel Quartet, the Metis Quartet has a series of master classes, to be concluded with a concert in Tivoli-Vredenburg in May 2017. Furthermore, the Metis members had lessons with Johannes Meissl, Lucia Swarts, Vera Beths en Liesbeth Steffens.
The Metis Quartet performs at the national concert halls, among others during the Grachtenfestival 2016 in Amsterdam, where they played Haydn, Shostakovich and Grieg. They also played in March 2016 at de Doelen in Rotterdam in the final of the Grote Kamermuziekprijs.
Orkest Morgenstond is a project that aims at bringing (classical) music to the notice of people in Morgenstond, an area in The Hague. Cultural manifestations and artistic expressions, among which music is at the front, are important to enhance the emancipation of less privileged people.
The ensemble tries to involve the people of Morgenstond in the process of making music. It does so through active participation or by way of relating the music to a story or emotion. The orchestra attempts to reach the whole of Morgenstond, which means people of all ages and also the socially isolated individuals. Therefore, the musicians play at schools, shopping centres and hospitals, but they also give an aubade under someone’s balcony.
Orkest Morgenstond is an initiative of Ilona Sie Dhian Ho. Currently, the organisation is led by Ginette Puylaert, Tim Sabel and Vincent van Wijk. The orchestra’s musical compilation is divers: strings, guitar, flute, trumpet, piano, voice.
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