• GoYa


Live recording during the Beethoven Festival Online of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

About us

The GoYa Quartet was born in 2014 and is formed by Sylvia Huang, Mirelys Morgan Verdecia, Saeko Oguma and Honorine Schaeffer.

These four musicians from respectively Belgium, Cuba, Japan and France, found each other in the orchestra they play in, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and have forged close ties on the basis of musical and human affinity.

Their collaboration has yielded wonderful opportunities for them in a very short span of time: the GoYa Quartet Amsterdam has already performed many concerts in the Netherlands and Belgium, including in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In April 2016, they also went on their first tour through Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

After having won the prestigious Prix de Salon 2015, awarded by the business network of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the GoYa Quartet Amsterdam was able to make recordings of two live performances of all Brahms and Schumann String Quartets.

Their repertoire is very diverse, ranging from Haydn and Schubert to Ravel and Bartók. Moreover, the ensemble enjoys playing in combination with other instruments. In May 2016 their first CD was released, recorded in partnership with contrabassoonist Simon Van Holen, with music by Krommer, Olthuis and Français. In March 2019, the quartet perfomed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s solo clarinettist Calogero Palermo in Italy.

In 2019, the GoYa Quartet was invited to the Quartz Internationaal Strijkkwartetfestival in Belgium, where they performed Mendelssohn Octet with the Danel Quartet. In November 2020, they recorded Beethoven's quartet op.18, No. 1 during the Beethoven Online Festival organized by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Sylvia Huang

Born in 1994, the Belgian violinist Sylvia Huang had her first violin lessons with her father and continued her studies at the Académie des Arts de la Ville de Bruxelles. She won first prize at the Belfius Classics National Musical Competition in 2004 and at the Lions European Musical Competition in 2008. She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2009 to 2010 before joining the second violin section of the Belgian National Orchestra in September 2012. She was promoted to the position of co-principal violinist a year and a half later. Sylvia has been a member of the first violin section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since August 2014.

In 2015 a Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin from around 1750 was purchased by the RCO donors’ foundation Stichting Donateurs and provided to Sylvia on loan.

She took part in several international festivals such as B-Klassiek Festival van Vlaanderen or Échappées Musicales du Médoc. In May 2019, she became laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Competition and was awarded the Prix Musiq3 du Public and the Canvas-Klara Prijs.

Official website: Sylvia Huang

Mirelys Morgan Verdecia

Hailing from Havana, Mirelys Morgan Verdecia studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in her native city, making solo appearances with such orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba under the direction of Leo Brouwer and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cali in Colombia. She was selected by Claudio Abbado to join the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra training programme in 2000.

Mirelys has won various prizes, including two first prizes at the Musicalia Music Competition in Havana. She moved to Europe in 2003, studying with Rainer Schmidt in Madrid and with Ulf Wallin at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.

She has taken part in many tours as a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra under such leading conductors as Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Charles Dutoit and Michael Tilson-Thomas. Mirelys has also played in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was selected to participate in the orchestra academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2006.

From 2009 to 2013 Mirelys was first violinist of the Orquesta Nacional de España. In August 2013 she joined the second violin section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Saeko Oguma

Saeko Oguma studied viola at the Tōhō Gakuen School in Tokyo. She subsequently gained orchestral experience playing in the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and in several leading orchestras in Japan, inclusing the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Opera Nomori Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She performed chamber music in festivals throughout Japan.

She pursued her studies with Sven Arne Tepl, Marjolein Dispa and Nobuko Imai at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Saeko Oguma was prize winner during the International Johannes Brahms Competition in 2008. Earlier, she had won the 2006 Tokyo music competition, the Nagoya international music competition and the 2002 competition of the Japan Classical Music Association.

After winning the Amsterdam National Viola Competition, she joined the Concertgebouworkest's viola section as assistant principal in September 2010.

Honorine Schaeffer

Cellist Honorine Schaeffer studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris (from the age of fifteen) and with Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover.

She is the recipient of many prizes, including first prize at the 2012 Lions European Musical Competition. Schaeffer has worked as a substitute with the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and has performed at numerous festivals as a chamber player.

She was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy during the 2012–13 season. She completed her studies as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s Herbert von Karajan Academy in June 2014. In August of that same year, Schaeffer joined the cello section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

With three RCO colleagues, Honorine formed the GoYa Quartet in 2015. In the same year, the quartet won the Prix de Salon, an annual prize given to orchestra members by the RCO's business circle.

Upcoming concerts

Matinée concert, Sloterkerk, Sloten | POSTPONED
Program to be confirmed
BankGiro Loterij ZomerConcerten, Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam | CANCELLED
Works by Beethoven, Webern and Schubert
Matinée concert, Sint-Jacob Kerk, Vlissingen
Works by Beethoven, Ravel and Webern
Festival de Musique au Château de Bourglinster, Luxembourg
Works by Beethoven, Gorokhov and Ravel

Past concerts

“Music Bowl”, Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
With Pitou and Artvark Saxophone Quartet

Works by Ravel, Prokofiev, etc.
Arte Amanti Festival, Beernem, Belgium (CANCELLED | COVID-19)
Program to be confirmed
Quartz Internationaal Strijkkwartetfestival, Academiezaal Sint-Truiden
Together with Danel Quartet

Works by Schumann and Mendelsohn
Bijlmer Klassiek, Bijlmer Parktheater
Works by Schumann, Tarenskeen and Debussy
Societá Filarmonica di Trento, Trento, Italy
Together with Calogero Palermo, clarinet

Works by Brahms and Schumann
Bijlmer Klassiek, Bijlmer Parktheater
Works by Bach and Piazzolla
De IJ-Salon, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
Works by Bach and Piazzolla
Muziekkring Eemland
Works by Schumann and Brahms
Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Works by Debussy and Ravel
Sweelinckzaal of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Together with students of the Sweelinck Academie

Mendelssohn Octet, Op. 20
Vondel CS, Amsterdam

Works by Brahms and Schumann
Oude Kerk, Spaarndam

Works by Brahms and Schumann
Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Schubert Quartettsatz
Great Gild, Riga, Latvia

Works by Ravel and Dvořák
Swedish Church, Tallinn, Estonia

Works by Ravel, Dvořák and Pärt
National Museum of Vilnius, Lithuania

Works by Ravel and Dvořák
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

Works by Beethoven and Bartók

The Six String Quartets

Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms
Friday 29th September
  • R. Schumann, Op. 41 n°2
  • J. Brahms, Op. 51 n°1
  • R. Schumann, Op. 41 n°3
Saturday 30th September
  • J. Brahms, Op. 67 n°3
  • R. Schumann, Op. 41 n°1
  • J. Brahms, Op. 51 n°2
Friday 29th September
  • R. Schumann, Op. 41 n°2
  • J. Brahms, Op. 51 n°1
  • R. Schumann, Op. 41 n°3
Saturday 30th September
  • J. Brahms, Op. 67 n°3
  • R. Schumann, Op. 41 n°1
  • J. Brahms, Op. 51 n°2
Für Clara...

How might it have felt to be the unequivocal muse of two of the most influencial musicians of the 19th century? Clara Schumann: a strong woman, a mother, a great musician and above all a deeply respected friend...

Our project consisted of a series of two concerts covering all Schumann and Brahms string quartets. Besides playing this beautiful music with enthusiasm and passion, the GoYa Quartet Amsterdam also wanted to create an intimate concert experience where the audience was immersed in the particular feeling of 'being Clara' and transported through the language of love, friendship and trust.

After three years of playing together, we have built strong musical connections between each other. As we believe in the spontaneity of an unedited performance, we made a live recording of our concerts available below.
Live recording available!


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