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Matangi Quartet

About Matangi

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The Matangi Quartet was founded in 1999 by four young musicians then studying at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 2003 Matangi completed the two-year, full-time course at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy under the direction of Stefan Metz (cellist, Orlando Quartet). At the Academy, the Matangi Quartet had the opportunity to take lessons from international renowned musicians, including the members of the Amadeus Quartet. The quartet also received intensive mentoring from Henk Guittart (violist, Schönberg Quartet) for several years.

The Matangi Quartet has since developed into a regular performer in the Dutch chamber music scene and abroad. With their impassioned playing and smart presentation, Maria-Paula, Daniel, Karsten and Arno epitomize a new generation of classical musicians. They are often characterized by words such as communicative, provocative and refreshingly versatile. The Matangi Quartet has shared the stage with various top-class classical musicians such as Miranda van Kralingen, Tania Kross, Ivo Janssen, Paolo Giacometti and Severin von Eckardstein. The quartet has also been invited to perform in various festivals, including the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Carthage Festival in Tunisia, the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the International Conservatoire Festival in St Petersburg and the North Sea Jazz festival in the Netherlands.

In 2002 Matangi was awarded the prestigious Kersjes van de Groenekan Award, an annual prize awarded to exceptional chamber music talent in the Netherlands. In 2008 the quartet won third prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. The Matangi Quartet released several CDs issued by Challenge Records International which all received great critical acclaim. The latest releases were the CDs ‘Mendelssohn’ (2009),  ‘Candybox’ (2010) and 'Haydn's Nature' (2013). Together with viola da gamba player Ralph Rousseau the quartet won the Edison Audience Award 2009, for their CD ‘Chansons d’amour’ (Challenge Records 2008). The CD ‘Testimoni’ with Martin Fondse (composition and vibrandoneon) and Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) was awarded the Edison Jazz prize 2012.

Matangi regularly participates in innovative crossover projects and has performed in collaboration with artists such as cabaretiers Herman van Veen and Youp van ’t Hek, bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof, jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, jazz pianist Michiel Braam, DJ Kypski, jazz vocalists Mathilde Santing and Renske Taminiau, singer songwriters Lory Liebermann and Tom McRae. These pioneering excursions beyond the borders of classical music have resulted in Matangi winning an enthusiastic new public for the string quartet. No less important, this has provided a source of inspiration for infusing performances of the rich classical repertoire built up over the past 250 years – from Haydn to Adès – with new élan. For essentially, the Matangi are focused on just one thing: letting the audience palpably experience the energy, passion and excitement that is inherent in all good music. 

All four musicians perform on instruments of Dutch workmanship. The cello and first violin have been provided on loan by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation.

Who is Matangi?


Matangi is the Indian goddess of speech, music and writing. The vina that she carries in her hand is an instrument that produces deep sounds with pleasing overtones. Matangi transports her listeners with her playing on the strings of passion, fervour, love and ecstasy.

Daniel Torrico Menacho

Instrument:
Violin II

Education:
Muziekschool Delft
Conservatorium Rotterdam
Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie

Teachers:
Hans Scheepers
Theodora Geraets
Herman Krebbers
Zachar Bron

Ambitions:
Daniel studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He won rewards at the Princess Christina competition and the Iordense Viooldagen. Daniel met Maria-Paula at the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra, where he was leader of the orchestra for a while. Together they decided to found the Matangi Quartet.

Arno van der Vuurst

Instrument:
Violoncello
Arno plays a cello made by Jaap Bolink (2005) 
The instrument is provided on loan by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation.  

Education:
Muziekschool Amsterdam Noord
Conservatorium Utrecht
Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag

Teachers:
Michiel de Ligt
Lenian Benjamins
Fred Pot

Ambitions:
Arno studied at the Utrecht Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Arno received lessons from Michiel de Ligt, Lenian Benjamins and Fred Pot. He met Maria-Paula and Daniel at the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra and has played together with them ever since, for example at the annual Orlando Festival. Arno is a member of the Matangi Quartet since 2005.

Maria Paula Majoor

Instrument:
Violin I (primarius)
Maria-Paula plays a violin made by Hendrik Jacobs. 
The instrument is provided on loan by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation.

Education:
Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
Musikhochschule Freiburg
Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie

Teachers:
Qui van Woerdekom
Lex Korff de Gidts
Rainer Kussmaul
Herman Krebbers
Adeline Oprean

Ambitions:
Maria-Paula studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. She won rewards at various competitions, for example at the Davina van Wely Competition. She has been the leader of the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra and toured with various chamber music ensembles. Maria-Paula was one of the musicians accompanying the Dutch artist Herman van Veen during his German tour in 2001/2002.

Karsten Kleijer

Instrument:
Viola

Education:
Muziekschool (Michiel Knaven), Emmen
Conservatorium Groningen
Conservatorium Rotterdam
Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie

Teachers:
Natasja Morozowa
Ron Ephrat
Henk Guittart
Ferdinand Erblich

Ambitions:
Karsten studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He received lessons from many international musicians, such as Christiaan Bor, Michael Muller, Natasja Morozowa and Ferdinand Erblich. Karsten played in many (youth) orchestras, lead by such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Victor Lieberman and Jurjen Hempel.