The Hermitage Quartet has been the resident quartet of the Peter de Grote Festival in Groningen since 2015. At the invitation of artistic director Paul Komen, the Hermitage Quartet performs works of the string quartet repertoire each summer within Groningen and the surrounding area. The Hermitage Quartet was immediately received with enthusiasm in its first year at the festival. ‘Razor-sharp and very exciting,’ wrote Dagblad van het Noorden about their premiere.
Outside of the annual Peter de Grote Festival, the quartet has performed in the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam and in the Emmy Verhey festival, as well as in various halls in Nederhorst, Amsterdam and Benschop . The Quartet recently hosted its own chamber music weekend in Peize, Groningen.
Jacobien Rozemond and Francien Schatborn are already highly respected musicians in the Netherlands. Both perform in a leading position in top ensembles in the Netherlands (Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra respectively) in addition to featuring with several major soloists and chamber musicians on national and international stages.
Floor Le Coultre and William McLeish are young musicians already gaining acclaim in the Netherlands. Floor graduated with distinction at the Conservatory of The Hague and has already achieved numerous accolades. The Canadian cellist William, already discovered in Canada because of his enormous qualities as soloist and chamber musician, graduated from the same institution with distinction under the tutelage of renowned cello pedagogue Michel Strauss in the fall of 2016.
Jacobien Rozemond and Floor Le Coultre, violin
Francien Schatborn, viola
William McLeish, cello