Meet the Musicians

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Viola

Nikolaï Clavier

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Violoncello

Diederik Smulders

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Eduardo Diez Garcia

Eduardo Diez García is a spanish violinist born in A Coruña, in 1993. He started playing violin at a very young age, learning from teachers such as Ludovic Toth Szenes, Amayak Dourgarian, Yuri Nasushkin and Alexei Michlin. After graduating from his bachelor in Oviedo he travelled to the Netherlands to continue his musical formation by doing a Master of Music in Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg under the guidance of Christiaan Duindam, Jennyfer Spanogue and Lei Wang.

He also received additional lessons/coaching from Isabelle van Keulen, Frederieke Saejis, Baiba Skride, Jolente de Maeyer, Caroline Strumphler, Ilya Kaler and Oleh Krysa amongst others.

Eduardo was an active member of the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, and has performed in most of the dutch main concert halls with conductors such as Kevin John Edusei and Antony Hermus among many others.

He currently plays on a Marino Capicchioni violin from 1943 (Rimini) and a Cuniot-Hury, Eugène Mirecourt bow from 1900 on loan from the collection of the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (het Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds).

 
 
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Gabriela Torres

Born in Portugal in 1996, Gabriela started her violin studies at the age of 11 at Centro de Cultura Musical (Famalicão, Portugal) and later on at ARTAVE – Escola Profissional Artistica do Vale d’Ave with teachers António Soares and Nuno Meira. In 2014, she started studying at University of The Arts Codarts with Olga Martinova and currently at Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts with Jenny Spanoghe. Gabriela participated in master classes with Agustin Leon Ara, Ani Schanrch, Jela Spitkova, Isabelle van Keulen, Frederique Saeijs and Daniel Bard.

In 2017/2018, Gabriela was appointed section leader with Euregio Jeugd Orkest, where she toured during the summer in Austria’s main concert halls. As an orchestra musicians she also worked with Euregio Kamerorkest, Orchestra XXI and the multiple Grammy winner Metropole Ochestra.

Nikolai Clavier (1989) was born in Norway and completed his bachelor at Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo. For 3 years he played in the Oslo Artema String Quartet, and in 2014 he founded the Jegersberg Quartet in Kristiansand. Clavier has played with Oslo Camerata, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra and worked as solo violist in the critically acclaimed production of Les Misárables in Kilden Concert Hall. The past years he has been working a with talent education at Majortuen in Oslo, Sicor in Bolivia and El Sistema in Stovner. In 2008 he was awarded the Per Barkved legate and in 2013 he was nominated for the international composers competition “Simply Stunning”. He is known as the quartet’s composer and recording engineer.

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Diederik Smulders, born in 1997, is the benjamin of the quartet. He finished his bachelor studies at the conservatory of Tilburg with Paul Uyterlinde and  is studying his master of music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the guidance of Lucia Swarts.

Diederik also followed masterclasses from renowned cellists such as Alban Gerhardt, Harro Ruijsenaars and Justus Grimm among others. 

Diederik has a lot of experience in orchestra playing. He plays/played in orchestras such as Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, Euregio Jeugd Orkest and he is the principal cellist of the Young Metropole Orchestra. With these orchestras he worked with renowned conductors such as Gustavo Gimeno, Anthony Hermus, Georg Fritzsch, Christian Elsässer, Jules Buckley and Miho Hazama among others. Recently Diederik also won a fixed spot in the string orchestra Kamerata Zuid. 

Besides this Diederik plays double bass and he likes to make electronic music.

He currently plays on a Annelies Steinhauer cello from 1995 (Hilversum) on loan from the collection of the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (het Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds).

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