• GoYa

    Quartet

    Amsterdam

    A young and passionate string quartet

The Six String Quartets


Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms
Program
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 which is now available.
Live recording now available!

Upcoming concerts

Societá Filarmonica di Trento, Trento, Italy
Together with Calogero Palermo, clarinet

Works by Brahms and Schumann
www.filarmonica-trento.it
Bijlmer Klassiek, Bijlmer Parktheater
Works by Schumann, Tarenskeen and Debussy
www.bijlmerparktheater.nl
Quartz Internationaal Strijkkwartetfestival, Academiezaal Sint-Truiden
Together with Danel Quartet

Works by Schumann and Mendelsohn
www.b-classic.be/quartz-festival

Past concerts

Bijlmer Klassiek, Bijlmer Parktheater
Works by Bach and Piazzolla
www.bijlmerparktheater.nl
De IJ-Salon, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
Works by Bach and Piazzolla
www.ij-salon.nl
Muziekkring Eemland
Works by Schumann and Brahms
www.muziekpodiumeemland.nl
Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Works by Debussy and Ravel
www.concertgebouw.nl
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

About us

The GoYa Quartet Amsterdam was formed by Sylvia Huang, Mirelys Morgan Verdecia, Martina Forni and Honorine Schaeffer in 2014.

These four young musicians from respectively Belgium, Cuba, Italy 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 affinity and deep friendship.

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.

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.

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

Sylvia Huang

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 the Lions European Musical Competition. She gained orchestral experience in the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

She joined the second violin section of the Belgian National Orchestra in September 2012 and was promoted to the position of co-principal violinist a year and a half later. She has also performed extensively as a chamber player and on solo recitals. Huang joined the first violin section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 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 Huang on loan.

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.

Martina Forni

The Italian viola player Martina Forni grew up surrounded by many kinds of music. Having listened to and later on specialized in music from the baroque to the modern classical era, as well as jazz and argentinian tango, she became an eclectic chamber musician.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude at both Conservatories of Verona and Amsterdam, having studied with Nobuko Imai, Michael Gieler, Umberto Forni and Anner Bijlsma among others.

After being a member of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and playing for many years with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Asko-Schoenberg, she has been an official member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2013.

Martina plays in many chamber music groups such as the GoYa Quartet Amsterdam, Il Faro Kwartet and the Ensemble Lumaka, with which she won several competitions. She also plays baroque viola and has been principal viola of Anima Eterna Brugge, Ensemble Zefiro and La Chambre Philharmonique.

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.

Repertoire

  • Joseph Haydn, String quartet Op.33 N°2, “The Joke”
  • Antonín Dvořák String quartet Op.96 N°12, “The American”
  • Maurice Ravel, String quartet in F major
  • Béla Bartók, String quartet Op.7 N°1
  • Robert Schumann, String quartet Op.41 N°1
  • Robert Schumann, String quartet Op.41 N°2
  • Robert Schumann, String quartet Op.41 N°3
  • Johannes Brahms, String quartet Op.51 N°1
  • Johannes Brahms, String quartet Op.51 N°2
  • Johannes Brahms, String quartet Op.67 N°3
  • Arvo Pärt, Summa, for string quartet
  • M. K. Ciurlionis, String quartet in C Minor
  • Pēteris Vasks, String quartet N°4, “Elegy”

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