Meet the Quartet

The Arthema String Quartet is considered one of the most promising young string quartets on the contemporary music scene. Through collaborative projects with famous Dutch and European composers the quartet creates unique concert experiences that can be appreciated by audiences from all age groups and cultural backgrounds. 

The ensemble was established by international ​musicians of the highest level in 2017 and has since performed on renowned stages such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Concerzaal Tilburg, Toonzaal Willem II 's-Hertogenbosch, Catharinakerk Eindhoven and LocHal Tilburg. They also won the audience prize during the Willem Twee chamber music competition in 2018 and the jury prize in the Asten Young Classical Awards in 2019.

The musicians are:

Violin I: Eduardo Diez García (Spain)
Violin II: Gabriela Torres (Portugal)
Viola: Nikolaï Clavier (Norway)
Cello: Diederik Smulders (The Netherlands)

All musicians have masters degrees or re in a master study at leading Dutch conservatories such as Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag and Fontys Hoogeschool voor de kunsten. They have been studying under renowned chamber musicians such as Jenny Spanoghe, Jolente de Mayer, Friederieke Saeijs, Daniel Bard and Isabelle van Keulen. 

The past years the quartet has been especially engaged in projects as the Huisensemble for Anthony Fiumara and De Link Tilburg, and working actively on several film scores with young Dutch filmmakers. They are also engaged in educational concert series where they present contemporary music in a fun and engaging way to children and youth. This is the mission of Arthema - to bring music to the masses through joyful, exciting and innovative means of presentation. 


The quartet can provide concerts and background music. The repertoire is very diverse. They play from Shostakovich to diverse film soundtrack arrangements. During concerts, the musicians try to convey the playing pleasure to the audience.

A suitable program can be put together for every occasion. The ensemble is also open to interdisciplinary collaborations, for example, in collaboration with a dancer, the ensemble has already created a performance aimed at a younger audience.