Inga Våga Gaustad

Inga Våga Gaustad

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Tim Brackman

Tim Brackman

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Elisa Karen Tavenier

Elisa Karen Tavenier

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Pieter de Koe

Pieter de Koe

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The Animato Quartet is widely considered to be one of the most promising young string quartets in the Netherlands with its members being praised for their passionate, spontaneous playing and their powerful on-stage presence. Founded in 2013, their programs contain a combination of classical music with inspiration from the abundant string quartet repertoire and contemporary compositions some of which have been especially composed for the ensemble.

Within the Netherlands the quartet has performed in the Kleine Zaal of Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tivoli-Vredenburg in Utrecht and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam during the 2020 String Quartet Biennale. They played at festivals such as the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival and outside the Netherlands, in Portugal, Germany, Norway and France.

In 2014, not long after their inauguration, the Animato Quartet received an award for ‘Artistic Excellence’ at the Brazilian ‘Festival International de Inverno de Campos do Jordao’. In the same year, the quartet was laureate of the Grachtenfestival Competition (2014). Later, in 2017 the quartet received the prestigious string quartet grant from the Kersjes Foundation, one of the largest private culture funds in the Netherlands supporting young talent.

Approximately four times per year, the Animato Quartet participates in sessions organized by the European Chamber Music Academy, where they receive intensive coaching from Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl. Alongside these sessions, being ‘artist in residence’ as part of the post-grad program of the Dutch String Quartet Academy, the Animato feel s hugely privileged to work with inspiring artists and coaches such as Eberhard Feltz and Marc Danel. Their development both as musicians and as a quartet has also greatly benefited from lessons by top musicians such as Anner Bylsma, Jan-Willem de Vriend, Alfred Brendel, Gerhard Schultz and Vera Beths.

The Animato Quartet is also supported by Le Dimore del Quartetto, an organization focused on helping young string quartets in their careers: they provide opportunities for study and performances in historic venues in Italy.

In the near future, the quartet is looking forward to many new challenges. These include exciting collaborations with musicians such as saxophonist Kika Sprangers, bassoonist Thomas Dulfer, and pianist Hanna Shybayeva, with whom they will record Beethoven’s Piano Concerto nr. 1 in a transcription for string quintet. In 2021-22 the Animato Quartet will perform the Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet by Ernest Chausson, with Noé Inui and Vassilis Varvaresos.

The Animato Quartet feels grateful to play on beautiful instruments. Both Tim’s violin (made by B. Gabrielli-Florence, 1764) and the cello of Pieter (Joh. Th. Cuypers-The Hague, 1775-’80) are on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF). Elisa Karen is playing a viola by Daniel Royé, purchased with the support of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument (SEM).



03.12.2020 // Jubileum concert Masterclasses Apeldoorn // Theater Orpheus, Rabobankzaal

29.11.2020 // Programma met Hanna Shybayeva // Gouda

08.11.2020 // Programma met Thomas Dulfer // Jurriaanse zaal, Doelen // Rotterdam

27.09.2020 // Programma met Kika Sprangers // Dorpskerk Wilp

27.06.2020 // ARCHILLUM Festival // Milaan, Italie

01-07.06 // ECMA // Grafenegg, Oostenrijk

07-10.05.20 // ECMA // Copenhagen, Denemarken

05.04.2020 // 14:00 // Haydn - Die sieben letzten Worte // Podium Klassiek Eindhoven // Kazerne, Eindhoven

04.04.2020 // 14:30 // Haydn - Die sieben letzten Worte // Podium Eibergen // Eibergen

28 - 29.03.2020 // NSKA // Masterclasses // Haydn Quartet // CVA Amsterdam

24.02 - 28.02.2020 // Kamermuziek festival // Hanns Eisler // Berlijn

16.02.2020 // 20:00 // Bevangen door mooie dingen // Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden

09.02.2020 // 12:30 // Stichting het Cenakel// Cenakel, Tilburg

07 - 09.02.2020 // NSKA// Masterclasses Lucas Hagen // Amsterdam

25.01.2020 - 01.02.2020 // Strijkkwartet Biënnale // Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam



08.12.2019 // 15:30 // Kamermuziekcyclus Theo Driessen // Stichting Theo Driessen Instituut, Helmond

14.09.2019 // Gent Festival // OdeGand // Haydn, Die Sieben Letzten Worte // Sint-Michielskerk, Gent

01.09.2019 - 22.09.2019 // Internationale Sommerakademie für Kammermusik // Niedersachsen

01.09.2019 // NMF cadeau concert // Ruurlo

22.08.2019 // Zeister Muziekdagen // Evangelische Broedergemeente, Zeist 

18.08.2019 // Grachtenfestival // Grachtenfestival Amsterdam 

20.05.2019 - 26.05.2019 // ECMA Grafenegg // Grafenegg, Oostenrijk 

24.04.2019 - 30.04.2019 // ECMA Oslo // Oslo, Norwegen 

15.03.2019 // 12:30 // Bevangen door mooie dingen // TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

18.03.2019 // 20:00 // Bevangen door mooie dingen // Junushoff, Wageningen

25.02.2019 - 02.03.2019 // Kamermuziek festival Berlijn // Berlijn, Duitsland

13.02.2019 -17.02.2019 // Februari Festival // Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag

13.01.2019 // 11:00 // Palisium Concert // Podium Palisium, Eerbeek

09.01.2019 // 20:15 // JONGE NEDERLANDERS // Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam



General management 

Compris Artist Management
Ciska Gomperts-Spanjaard
tel: +31 70 328 0154
mob: +31 6 5020 3095


Animato Kwartet

Pieter de Koe
tel: +31 6 8118 1656