Animato Kwartet

Photo : Sarah Wijzenbeek

Animato Kwartet

Inga Våga Gaustad (violin)
Tim Brackman (violin)
Elisa Karen Tavenier (viola)
Pieter De Koe (cello)

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.

June 2022, the Animato Quartet received the Dutch Classical Talent Audience Award 2022 after a special tour playing in thirteen major halls of The Netherlands. Words of the jury about this string quartet: “Four top players with a vibrant energy, they captivate you from the first note! …..This quartet is the great promise of the Dutch string quartets”.

The Animato Quartet feels grateful to play on beautiful instruments. Both Inga’s violin (made by Riccardo Antoniazzi-Milan, 1895) 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).

Animato Quartet will perform on the 31st January at 17:00 in the Grote Zaal of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. Buy your tickets here!