Quirine Viersen *


Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen belongs internationally to the leading musical personalities of her generation. With her powerful, intense and virtuoso playing, she has convinced the public, as well as the press and fellow musicians.

Quirine was a winner of various prizes at international competitions, such as the Rostropovich Competition in 1990 in Paris and the International Cello Competition in Helsinki in 1991. In 1994 Quirine Viersen was the first Dutch musician to win a prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In that same year she also received the Dutch Music Award. The most important prize awarded to her was the Young Artist Award 2000 which was presented to her by the Credit Suisse Groupe. Attached to this prize Quirine performed a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta during the Luzerner Festival 2000.

Quirine received her first cello lessons from her father, Yke Viersen, cellist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Later at the conservatory she took lessons with Jean Decroos and Dmitri Ferschtman. She continued her studies at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 1997 as a student of Heinrich Schiff.

Quirine has performed with orchestras and conductors such as the Israel Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher and Bernard Haitink, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Vienna Chamber Orchestra with Heinrich Schiff and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta.

Quirine is in great demand as a chamber music performer. She is a regular guest at festivals such as the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Mondsee Tage and has performed at the famous Luzerner Festwochen and the Salzburger Festspiele.

Coming seasons include Saint-Saens concerto no.1 with Andrey Boreyko and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and with the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, a double recital tour with Enrico Pace, a tour with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Matthias Foremny, and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra under Gordan Nikolic. Quirine will be member of the jury in two major competitions: Prague Spring and the ARD competition.

Quirine Viersen plays a 1715 Joseph Guarnerius Filius Andreae , kindly provided by the Dutch National Instrument Fund.



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