©️Foppe Schut en Ragnar Våga Pedersen

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, Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam during the 2020 String Quartet Biennale; they will be performing there again the 2024 Biennale. The Animato performed at festivals such as the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival and outside the Netherlands in Portugal, Italy, Germany, Norway, Belgium, France and Canada.

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”.

At the famous International Chamber Music Competition in Trondheim in September 2021, the Animato Quartet received a third prize, and the special Jury Prize. In July 2022, the Animato was invited to take part in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy. Immediately afterwards, in August, the quartet was among the nine chosen quartets to present themselves over four rounds in the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they received several honorable mentions.

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.

Being ‘artist in residence’ as part of the post-grad program of the Dutch String Quartet Academy, the Animato feels hugely privileged to work with inspiring artists and coaches such as Marc Danel and Eberhard Feltz. 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, 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.

With pianist Hanna Shybayeva, they recorded in 2020 and 2021 both Beethoven’s Piano Concerto nr. 1 in a transcription for string quintet as well as Piano Concerto nr. 4. April 2022 the Animato Quartet performed alongside Noé Inui and Vassilis Varvaresos the Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet by Ernest Chausson.

The Animato Quartet feels grateful to play on beautiful instruments. Tim’s violin (B. Gabrielli-Florence, 1764), Inga’s violin (Riccardo Antoniazzi) 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).