The Sonoro Quartet
Mona Verhas, violin │ Jeroen De Beer, violin │ Séamus Hickey, viola │Paul Heyman, cello
Haydn – Op 76, No.4 ‘Sunrise’
Cormac McCarthy – ‘Murus’
Schubert – Quartettsatz D703
Beethoven – Quartet in F minor Op.95
The Sonoro Quartet are an outstanding young string quartet based in Amsterdam and setting out on an exciting career with the backing of the Netherlands String Quartet Academy.
The group features Cork violist Séamus Hickey, winner of second prize in the 2019 Amsterdam National Viola Competition, who is emerging as one of Ireland’s finest young musicians.
The quartet will travel on to Budapest after this tour to take part in the 2021 Bartok World Competition for string quartets. Their programme will include the premiere performances of ‘Murus’, a new work by Cork composer and jazz performer Cormac McCarthy, commissioned for this tour by the Foundation with funds from the Arts Council and Cork Orchestral Society. www.sonoroquartet.com
Sonoro Quartet was founded in 2019 in Belgium by violinists Mona Verhas and Jeroen De Beer, violist Seamus Hickey and cellist Paul Heyman. Despite the fact that they are a relatively young ensemble, they already made a name for themselves playing on national and international stages.
Sonoro Quartet is currently studying at the Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie in Amsterdam (NSKA) where they are being coached by renowned professors such as the members of Danel Quartet, Eberhard Feltz, Hagen Quartet etc. The quartet is also studying at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent and follows lessons on a regular basis with renowned professors such as Marc Danel (Danel Quartet) and Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet).
This young quartet played already in numerous halls : previous and future engagements include concerts in venues such as Amuz and Desingel in Antwerp, De Bijloke in Gent, Bozar in Brussels, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, Arte Amanti festival, Festival Midis Minimes, B-Classic festival, and Sonoro Quartet also played the première of the first string quartet by Eric Domenech on the Beethoven Festival 2020 in Bonn, which was recorded for the SWR Television.
For the season 2021-2022, next to playing concerts with repertoire by the classic composers such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Sonoro Quartet is playing in a project around the composer César Franck, celebrating his 200th birthday with a concert tour around Belgium. They will also collaborate with contemporary composers such as Wilfried Westerlinck.
Tickets: €20/€18 Conc./BYOK €10 for under 18s + €1 Booking fee
Age 12 +