Karski Quartet (photo Filip Verpoest)


Belifante Quartet + Karski Quartet
Fri 2 Feb 2024 17:00 - 18:00
Fri 2 Feb 2024
17:00 - 18:00


Matijs de Roo Trust


Belinfante Quartet:
Olivia Scheepers violin
Fiona Robertson violin
Henrietta Hill viola
Pau Marquès i Oleo cello
Karski Quartet:
Kaja Nowak violin
Natalia Kotarba violin
Diede Verpoest viola
Julia Kotarba cello

11 amateur singers (in cooperation with Koninklijke Visio and music therapist Jorien Habing)
Choir: Lieke Brouwer, Fransje Eiselin, Ron van der Genugten, Jorien Habing, Erik Looijenga, Annemieke van Sabben, Ingrid Tolsma, Lindsey Zwiers
Soloists: Lizabet Benink, Joy Barry, Sheraz Moeniralam

A new world of sound

Leading up to the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, young string quartets participated in the SQBA residency program where they collaborated with a group of blind amateur singers. Together, they explored what they had in common and what made them different, while learning to feel and inspire one another, communicate their boundaries, and work together as a team.

Trust for String Quartet and Choir (2023) is the title of two programs developed by the Dutch Belinfante Quartet and the Belgian-Polish Karski Quartet, together with visiually impaired amateur singers. Composer Matijs de Roo wrote a piece that brings both groups together in a new sound world, an impressive culmination of a year and a half of collaboration. Royal Visio, the expertise center for visually impaired and blind people, was closely involved in the creation process.