The Helikon Quartet, inspired by the Helikon mountain and its poetic muses, is an adventurous and versatile string quartet.
The Helikon, consisting of four young women, was established in 2015. Since then they play on both the large and small stages in the Netherlands. For example, they played in the small hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, TivoliVredenburg, and Orpheus Apeldoorn. They were also guests at festivals such as the Grachtenfestival, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Music Summer and the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.
The quartet likes to pay attention to current topics and regularly collaborates with composers. After they premiered the string quartet of S. van Yperen in 2017, they again gave a world premiere during the NJO Music Summer in 2018. This time a work by composer Ryan Probert, called “Twilight City”. For this festival they performed a program inspired by climate change.
The Helikon has been intensively coached over the past two years by Quatuor Danel, within the Rabo Next Stage, a coaching trajectory for young talent organized by TivoliVredenburg. In 2016, the quartet received a scholarship to attend master classes at the Chilingirian Quartet in England. In 2017, Helikon attended classes as a guest ensemble within the European Chamber Music Academy.
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