„… unfaillingly beautiful tone, effortless ensemble.” (The Strad)
Eva Koskinen – violin
Katherine Routley – violin
Mikhail Zemtsov – viola
Sebastian Koloski – violoncello
This internationally acclaimed ensemble is one of the leading Dutch string quartets and enjoys a reputation as a dynamic and versatile ensemble. This versatility has been proved on international tours as to France, Germany and Australia or to the internationally accepted Kuhmo chamber music festival in Finland. At this occasion, the finnish journal Helsigin Sanomat wrote: “Its playing is at the same time intellectually analysing and powerfully expressive”.
The members of the USQ met at the Utrecht Conservatory. Their repertoire encompasses more than two centuries of quartet composition, ranging from the quartets of Haydn to the most complex works of the avant-garde.
In April 2000, the USQ made their England debut at Conway Hall and in 2003 at Wigmore Hall where it is a regular guest ever since. In the Netherlands, the Quartet is to be heard in all major concert halls including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vredenburg Utrecht and the Muziekcentrum Eindhoven. Furthermore, the four musicians have been invited by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to play at her palace Noordeinde in The Hague.
One of the main focuses of the USQ is bringing rediscovered and forgotten pieces back into the concert halls and can be seen by their CD repertoire which has been recorded for several different labels. Their world premiere recording of the complete string quartets of Arthur Lourié has received enthusiastic reviews from the international press including Klassik heute, Gramophone Magazine, Fono Forum, Fanfare (USA) and was nominated for a Gramophone Award.
The recording of string quartets by Mosolow, van Dieren and Bosmans was praised in the Strand magazine: “…they capture ones mind, …spontaneous in style yet polished in execution ….with intelligent sensitivity”. The recordings for MDG of the string quartets by Glazunov and Grechaninov won the 2004 Super Sonic Award Luxemburg, were marked Editor’s Choice of Fono Forum, were listed in the String Magazine as one of the most important issues of 2004 and received five stars from BBC music.