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Hidden Gems

Saturday December 28 | 16:00 hr
 
Fancy Fiddlers  

Mozart String Quartet in D major, KV 155
Beethoven String Quartet in D major, Op. 18 no. 3, movement 1
Arriaga String Quartet no. 2 in A major, movement 1
Janácek Idylle, movement 5 and 6
Cherubini String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, movement 3
Holst St Paul’s Suite

They’re 35 years old, but they’re not: the Fancy Fiddlers. Since 1984 it has been the collective name for the violin and cello talents between the ages of 6 and 19 from all over the country who study chamber music intensively every Saturday, together with cello students from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. The violinists also follow lessons with Coosje Wijzenbeek in Hilversum, who also supervises the ensemble. Coosje Wijzenbeek had a great interest in the pedagogy of violin playing from an early age, taught violin methodology at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and was a member of the Young Talent Department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. It wasn’t surprising that she was awarded the Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize for her special merits in this field. Since their inception, on the occasion of an exchange with Hungary, the Fancy Fiddlers have performed on numerous Dutch stages; they have also been seen on television. With the concerts – they gave in China too! – the young musical talents gain as much stage experience as possible. The fact that big names have appeared from their ranks is evidenced by the fact that Janine Jansen was once a Fancy Fiddler herself.

This afternoon’s program highlights different sides of their repertoire. After the cheerful String Quartet of a sixteen-year-old Mozart and Beethoven’s early quartet, the Idylls that Janáček composed at the age of 24 are played. This is followed by the humorous Scherzo from Cherubini’s First String Quartet, a work that unfortunately is not heard enough. After which the Fancy Fiddlers conclude with a catchy suite that Gustav Holst wrote for St. Paul’s, the girls’ school where he taught music.