Daniel leaves Matangi Quartet after 23 years

After 23 years of devoting himself with heart and soul as a second violinist, Daniel Torrico Menacho leaves Matangi.

Daniel has been a member of this leading Dutch string quartet since its foundation in 1999. The reason for his departure is that his private life can no longer be combined with the busy music practice of the ensemble. Matangi just announced this news during a broadcast of the Podium program on Radio 4. Maria-Paula, Arno and Karsten will be working with the regular substitutes of the quartet in the coming period and focus on finding a worthy successor to Daniel.

On January 9, Daniel Torrico Menacho will play for the last time together with Maria Paula Majoor (violin), Arno van der Vuurst (cello) and Karsten Kleijer (viola) in Huize Gaudeamus in Bilthoven. During this farewell concert, the musicians look back on their 23-year musical collaboration.

Maria-Paula has enjoyed an inspiring collaboration for 23 years: “We will miss Daniel enormously, but feel very grateful for the 23 wonderful years together. At the moment it is still difficult for us to imagine that someone else will soon be in his chair, but we have nevertheless started a search that should eventually lead to a new Matangi.”

Daniel looks back with great passion and pleasure on his time at Matangi, so saying goodbye is hard for him. “As a quartet we continued to surprise and develop ourselves, but lately some doubts have crept into my mind. The combination of Matangi and fatherhood turned out to be increasingly difficult for me. Because my wife is also a violinist and plays everywhere, the days that we are together as a family are few.”

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