Treating chamber music as theatre has been at the core of the Dutch-Belgian based Chekhov Trio’s approach since its very beginning. The ensemble came together in 2016 out of a love for the endless exploration of characters and roles music can take, and to this day Dutch violinist Emma Rhebergen, American cellist Anna Litvinenko and Belgian pianist Fem Devos retain that as their modus operandi.
These years the Chekhov Trio has made itself known throughout Belgium and The Netherlands, performing on many of the area’s fine stages, appearing on the Dutch national radio, and also gaining recognition in international competitions. The trio won the second prize in the 2018 International Music Competition Triomphe de l’Art in Brussels, and also became a finalist in the 2019 Ysaÿe InternaGonal Music CompeGGon in Liège. In 2021, the Orlando FesGval selected the Chekhov Trio for an exciting concert tour at celebrated venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Bozar Brussels, among others. The debut-cd of the Chekhov Trio with works of Henriette Bosmans, Ernest Chausson and Frank MarGn at the label Etcetera Records was released in December 2022.
The Chekhov Trio is by all means a modern ensemble, but its curiosity and sensitivity towards historically informed practice gives their sound another dimension. Working extensively with their mentors Henk Guittart, Shuann Chai, Shunske Sato, Sigiswald Kuijken and the Osiris Trio has greatly contributed to their style of playing. This approach also influenced the trio’s decision to record their first cd using the straight strung Chris Maene Chamber Music Concert Grand, a modern piano whose sound is inspired by the 19th-century ideal.
Duo Emma Rhebergen en Michelle Chow
Duo Emma Rhebergen & Michelle Chow is a result of their long lasting friendship and their combined passion for chamber music. Emma and Michelle met each other as young students at the School for Young Talent at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and they have played together as a duo since 2013.
As a duo, Michelle and Emma enjoy developing a broad scala of repertoire, that reaches from Mozart to Messiaen, from which they always choose for adventurous and exciting programs. They have performed in concerts throughout the Netherlands and in London, UK.
The StringWood Ensemble is an ensemble of young talented musicians, who like to share their love for (classical) chamber music with a broad audience, in often theatrical concert programs. They combine their soloistic qualities in passionate ensemble playing on Dutch stages and abroad. The ensemble was formed under the name Pieter's Angels in 2008 during the tour of the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra of the Young Talent department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague to Santiago de Compostela. Clarinet, string quartet and piano is the line-up that was created at that Gme and sGll offers them the opportunity to choose a varied repertoire, from duo to sextet.
The StringWood Ensemble has given concerts at a variety of venues and occasions, from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to living room and garden concerts. It also took part in various festivals, such as the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and the International Chamber Music Festival Hoorn. From 2010 to 2018 the ensemble organised an annual mini-festival on the island of Terschelling (NL). In March 2020 and oktober 2021 the first two editions of the StringWood Festival took place in Katwijk a/d Rijn in The Netherlands.
The musicians of the Stringwood Ensemble are violinist Emma Rhebergen and Eva de Vries, violist Jurriaan Klapwijk, cellist Jobine Siekman and clarinettist Denise van Leeuwen, often joined by pianists and/or actors.
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