Breaking: International string quartet breaks up

Breaking: International string quartet breaks up


norman lebrecht

May 21, 2015

After 15 years, the Dutch-based Rubens Quartet is calling it quits:


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“We, the members of the Rubens Quartet, after having enjoyed a rewarding and intensive international career, have decided that we will end our collaboration as a quartet at the end of the 2015/16 season. The quartet has been at the center of our professional lives since the year 2000 and we look back on those years with much gratefulness and satisfaction. Now we feel that it is the right time for us all to pursue other musical activities that will present us with interesting new challenges.

Since the beginning of our quartet career we have had the pleasure of playing concerts all over the world: we have wonderful memories of our many trips to the US (where we toured eleven times and performed in thirteen different states), our regular summer appearances in France, as well as Great Britain, Israel, Hungary, Romania, Italy and several others. We also look back on a rich concert history throughout our home country of the Netherlands, where over the years we have had the opportunity to perform in virtually every large and small venue that offers chamber music concerts. We have had the honor of sharing the stage with wonderful and inspiring guest artists. Our last two internationally acclaimed CDs and our educational DVD “The Art of Perception” serve as documents of our special time together.

This coming year will be our farewell season. We are very much looking forward to the last two programs that we will present together as the Rubens Quartet: joining us are bass-baritone Robert Holl and Godfried Hoogeveen, former principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. We hope very much that you will join us for one or more of these special concerts. Starting in the spring of 2016 we will all be embarking upon new artistic adventures and look forward to performing for you in other musical contexts.

We heartily thank you all for your support and interest these many years!”

The Quartet members are Sarah Kapustin and Tali Goldberg (violins), Roeland Jagers (viola), Joachim Eijlander (cello).